Houston Texans Should Definitely kick the tires on DeMarco Murray


Should the Houston Texans make a play for disgruntled Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray if he becomes available?

Houston has had the honor and privilege to cheer for one of the most exciting backs in the game. Arian Foster is Webster’s new definition of elusive, but for the life of him he can’t stay healthy. When he goes down, this offense dies a little and the balance that Bill O’Brien dreams of is suddenly an unescapable nightmare. But good coaches make adjustments and employ the village to fill the void of a fallen star, one guy could be added to dramatically strengthen this offense.

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DeMarco Murray is a disgruntled feature back not far removed from an MVP-like 2014 season. The former Dallas Cowboy and possible ex Eagle is an intriguing prospect for a team that scores a firm C- in the quarterback category. When Murray was clicking, Tony Romo looked as if he could do no wrong. If seeing Alfred Blue run into the back of Texan lineman with regularity makes you sick, then Demarco Murray has the prescription.

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He’s currently on a team with a crowded backfield, underachieving and letting the world hear about it. His yearning to be the feature back is totally understandable given his success in the past once labeled the man. Hoyer who really isn’t that bad a QB could comfortably operate with the threat of a mac truck like Murray. Since backs don’t cost a zillion dollars anymore, Demarco could become a Texan with not many complications.

This would not change the need to add a young stud ball carrier in the draft, I wrote a piece on Devonte Booker out of Utah a few months back. He is as complete a young back as you will see, his game and shiftiness actually remind me of Foster’s. If Bill O’Brien and company are willing to cut ties with Foster, adding Murray to mold and shape Booker would be a great combination.

At 27 years old (three years before football senior citizenship) Murray is still relatively young and very hungry. The rumor is already circulating for a reunion in Dallas according to an article on Pro Football Talk from popular sports writer Mike Florio of CBS sports. Houston would have to act fast to toss their name in to intervene. Adding Murray to Bill O’Brien’s offense would transform this run game from non-threatening to one of the top five almost instantly.

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I expect bold moves and many more risks taken in the 2016 season as we begin to reach the meaty portion of O’Brien’s contract. With only 4 games left in 2015, there’s a chance for this team to go either direction. Houston could limp into the playoffs and get knocked out early or lose two of the next four and have plenty of time to regroup and retool in their early off season. It is time to get aggressive with the direction of this team, or continue to be just a speed bump on the schedule annually.