NFL Executive Prefers LeSean McCoy to Murray

The Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles both have quality starters at running back heading into 2015. One NFL executive said he'd take McCoy over Murray every time.

One anonymous NFL executive in personnel believes that the Philadelphia Eagles downgraded at running back this offseason. The executive agreed to break down the Eagles roster for nj.com and said he’d take Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy over DeMarco Murray.

"I'll take McCoy over Murray every time,'' an executive in personnel for another team said. “When you played the Eagles, you feared McCoy. He was the guy who scared you the most. When you played Dallas, you didn't fear Murray. He's good. But you didn't fear him. You feared Dez (Bryant), or (Tony) Romo, but not Murray.''

The executive later added, "Don't get me wrong, Murray is good and he had a great year last year. But McCoy is a game breaker. He can turn a game around with one big run.''

It’s hard to argue with the executive’s first statement. McCoy was the face of the Eagles offense and was the one player that opposing teams game planned for. In Dallas, teams had to worry about a franchise quarterback (Romo) and quite possibly the best wide receiver in the NFL (Bryant).

As for the second statement, Murray was more of a game breaker in 2014. Below is a look at how each player fared in 2014:

 

Carries

Yards

Average

TDs

20+ Yard Carries

YPG

Murray

392

1,845

4.7

13

15

115.3

McCoy

312

1,319

4.2

5

9

82.4

 

Murray beat out McCoy in every rushing category last season and was more productive as a receiver, but here’s how they’ve fared over the last four seasons (2011-2014)

 

Games Played

Carries

Yards

Average

TDs

20+ Yard Carries

Receptions

Rec. Yards

Rec. TDs

Murray

53

934

4,526

4.8

28

35

171

1,200

1

McCoy

59

1,099

5,075

4.6

33

39

182

1,382

8

 

Over the last four seasons, McCoy beats out Murray in most categories but he’s played in six more games and has had 165 more carries. Both backs have fared very well with their respective teams.

The NFL executive is certainly entitled to his opinion, and most Bills fans would agree with his assessment. That said, it’s fair to say that both the Bills and Eagles have tremendous running backs in their backfield.


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