What are Eagles' players and coaches saying about DeMarco Murray, who has become the team's unofficial third string running back after getting just two carries for three yards Sunday (in a 40-17 loss to the Cardinals)?
Quarterback Sam Bradford
“To be honest, I’m not even sure how many times he carried the ball. Two? Yeah, I mean guess that is a little bit surprising but we have been rotating our backs for the past couple weeks and I think that’s just kind of been the plan.”
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Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews
“I was really in the game. I don’t really know. We go so fast, so I can’t really pay attention. Half the time, I really don’t know who is in there, especially when we are going uptempo. I don’t know anything about that, so I really can’t speak on it.”
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Tight End Zach Ertz
“I think everyone has 100% faith in [running backs coach] Duce [Staley] to put those guys in situations to be successful. Ryan Mathews is a heck of a running back. We’ve seen all year what he can do and I think he deserved the bulk of the carries tonight. DeMarco has been an unbelievable teammate throughout this year. His demeanor and approach hasn’t changed at all. I think that speaks volumes to the person he is.”
Head Coach Chip Kelly
"It was a combination of we only had 19 rushes on the entire day. We need to run the ball more consistently for us to be good on the offensive side of the ball. When we get into those games where we're just throwing and not running the ball, obviously the numbers are going to not distribute the way anybody wants it to happen. But for us to be good, we need to run the ball better than that and we need to get more carries for all of our guys...
"We had a lot of not third-down situations, but passing situations and Darren [Sproles] is in there in that. So we got a combination of when we are calling certain personnel groups in 11 personnel where Zach [Ertz] and Darren are on the field, so they are in on those packages."