DeMarco Murray spent the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before signing a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, thus going from one division rival to the other.
Has that sunk in yet, the fact that he is now an Eagle and no longer a Cowboy?
“It took a little bit to get adjusted,” Murray admitted on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “But overall the past couple months and the time I’ve spent here with my teammates and the fans and this city, it’s been unbelievable – a lot of support. I’m excited to be here and it definitely sounds very normal now.”
Murray, 27, has become arguably the best running back in football. In the last two seasons, he has rushed for 2,966 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 110 passes for 766 yards. Last year, he led the Cowboys to their first playoff appearance in five years.
But after 497 touches in 18 games, he’s now an Eagle.
“Yeah, I’m past that,” Murray said. “That’s old news. I think (the Cowboys have) moved on, I’ve moved on, and I wish those guys nothing but the best. I’m excited to be a Philadelphia Eagle.”
Murray said learning Philadelphia’s new playbook and terminology was a process.
Of course, playing for Chip Kelly will do that to you.
“The terminology is definitely different and that’s something I’ve been able to get accustomed to over the course of the last three or four months,” Murray said. “But every day, every week, I was picking things up and not trying to make the same mistakes. It’s definitely something that I’ll continue to work on. In training camp, I’ll be happy to get back with the guys and everything.”
Kelly is notorious for doing things differently from most, if not all, NFL coaches. His days off are different, and his pace of practice is different.
Murray was asked if he’s been surprised by anything so far.
“Not necessarily,” he said. “A lot of guys do things differently, so it doesn’t really bother me and it’s not a big adjustment for me. There’s somethings that they do throughout the course of the season and throughout the course of minicamp and OTAs that I’ve done in the past and maybe other teams didn’t do, but I’m excited. I don’t mind change. I don’t mind fresh new starts. So I’m excited to see what the future holds. We’re looking forward to a great season.”
Murray was also asked for his thoughts on the New England Patriots, who are known for having running backs that rarely fumble. Perhaps deflating footballs makes the ball easier to grip?
“Or they could just do a bunch of ball security drills and they’re really good at taking care of the football,” Murray said. “I’m not part of that organization. I’m not part of that team, so I’m not going to talk about them and what they have going on. But like I said, it’s a great organization obviously. They’ve been winning for a long time.”