PHILADELPHIA – Chip Kelly doesn’t think DeMarco Murray is getting the ball enough, either.
The problem, Kelly said, is that the Eagles’ offense isn’t converting third downs and sustaining drives. That means shorter possessions and little chance to develop a rhythm on offense.
“We all should be getting more touches on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said Monday. “But when you only have 51 snaps on offense, there aren’t a lot of touches. When we can stay on the field and snap it for 68 or 70 plays, then we’re going to have a lot more balance in our run and pass game because we’re on the field longer.”
The Eagles ran a total of 51 offensive plays against Washington Sunday. Washington’s offense ran a total of 79 plays.
Murray carried the ball just eight times for 36 yards. For the season, Murray has 29 carries for a total of 47 yards.
Through four games with the Dallas Cowboys last season, Murray had 99 carries for 534 yards.
After Sunday’s game, Murray was asked if he’s getting the ball enough.
“Do I think I’m touching the ball [enough]?” Murray said. “No, I’m not. I don’t think I am. But it’s the plays that are being called. I love this offense. I love playing with these guys. It’s just how it is.”
Kelly said he had no trouble with Murray’s comment.
“I want all of our guys at the running back and wide receiver spot to want the football,” Kelly said. “I don’t think you want someone who says I don’t want the ball more. It’s what you’re looking for.
“Again, it’s a team deal on the offensive side of the ball. Everybody needs the ball more. We need more than 51 snaps in a game for us to be successful on the offensive side of the ball. When you only have 51 snaps, no one’s going to get the ball as much as they should get the ball.”
Last season, the Eagles ran a total of 1,127 plays on offense, most in the NFL. That’s an average of 70 plays per game. Through four games this year, they have run 241 plays. That is 25th most in the NFL, and an average of 60 plays per game.