By Sarah Berkowitz
The Eagles’ running back Triple Threat of DeMarco Murray (above), Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles is causing consternation in the local lame-ass media, especially among radio blowhards who still can’t get over the fact that Chip Kelly had the balls to trade Shady McCoy!
But Pro Football Focus thinks they are the second best trio in the NFL after the Seattle Seahawks:
Murray would not be my second pick if I were ranking individual running backs right now, but the depth of the Eagles’ rushing attack makes them the choice at No. 2 on this list.
Philly goes three deep in quality backs. We all know about Murray’s outstanding 2014 season, which was boosted by the Cowboys’ excellent offensive line, but Murray has been running at a high level for some time now.
He actually had a much higher yards per carry average in 2013 than last year (5.2 versus 4.7), and he averaged more yards after contact (2.7 versus 2.5).
Backup Mathews has graded positively every season since his rookie year, despite running behind a bad Chargers offensive line, and the Eagles also have the most prolific scat back of the last decade in Sproles, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry last season.