Count LeSean McCoy as one of those in the crowd of people who don't seem to be confused by Chip Kelly's offseason plan. The former Eagles running back recently appeared in an interview on The Rich Eisen Show. McCoy touched on several topics, but his take on the Eagles' running back situation was most interesting.
"I saw that they originally were trying to get Frank Gore, and he backed out. So then when they got DeMarco and they got Ryan Mathews, I thought it was like a panic move. "With that media in Philadelphia, they can get tough on you. So I guess that was just the way to make it right. I don't know. I can't really answer it. They took two backs to replace one. I think DeMarco's a hell of a back. I think he'll do a good job there. I'm not sure how that went."
There's no denying the Eagles' original plan went awry. The team tried to sign Gore and it seemed like Philadelphia had him in the bag until he changed his mind and signed with the Indianapolis Colts instead. But did the Eagles really panic?
Maybe. But I don't think signing Mathews' showed panic. That move could have happened even if Gore didn't walk away since he's going to be 32 in May.
As for Murray, he certainly wasn't Plan A. According to Chip Kelly, however, that's only because he thought Murray would be out of the team's price range. I think that's a fair claim. Murray wasn't your typical free agent. He was coming off a great year, but teams seemed to be scared off by the combination his giant 2014 workload and previous injury history. His market didn't instantly materialize unlike other top free agents. The Eagles showed some patience before going after him. A "panic move" would have involved the Eagles desperately trying to get him on a plane to Philadelphia shortly after the new league year began on Tuesday. Instead, the interest developed on Wednesday and Murray first arrived on Thursday afternoon.
Panic move or not, what's done is done. The Eagles moved on from McCoy and they're hoping Murray and Mathews will be more than enough to replace him.