DeMarco Murray took the NFL running game by storm this year. In the first eight games, Murray broke Jim Brown’s consecutive 100 yard rushing games streak where the previous record was six. Murray also set a new Cowboy single season rushing record of 1,845 yards passing Emmitt Smith’s old record of 1,773 yards. He also set a new Cowboy record of 12 games where he rushed for over 100+ yards in a game.
I can see why Indianapolis Colts fans are just drooling over these numbers and for good reason. The Colts ranked 22nd in the league for rush yards with an average of 100.8 yards a game with Trent Richardson as the Colts leading rushing rusher with 519 yards, followed by Bradshaw with 425, Herron with 351 and Luck, who should be throwing the ball, with 273 yards. Now, adding up all of those yards by four players, the total comes to 1,568 yards. DeMarco Murray, as a single player, outrushed that total by 277 yards. No wonder Colts fans are dying to get this guy, but I am not in favor of DeMarco Murray.
There are a few things that make this fantasy pick-up only a dream. First, DeMarco had the luxury of playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The Colts, while looking good at the end of the season, were one of the worse. Second, Murray is going to come with a huge price tag. Now, if the Colts only problem was running back, I can see them going after him, but the Colts have many holes to fill and need all the money they can use. Most importantly, it’s not set in stone that Murray will be leaving the Cowboys. Reports have came in that he wants to stay a Cowboy and I’m pretty sure they want him back too.
I believe the Colts either should go for a running back with a lower price like Shane Vereen or C.J. Spiller or hit the draft where running backs are plentiful like Duke Johnson, Telvin Coleman or Jay Ajayi (I believe the top running backs like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon will be gone before the Colts draft a running back). It seems this year is a perfect time for the Colts to finally fix their long standing running back issue, but will they? Time will only tell.