Originally Posted by TwoDeep3
Do all you guys think the same thing about Lee?
Lee has been a much better, more consistent player than Murray. Although Lee has injury issues fans aren't going to be so quick to get down on him because he's been so good. Lee is one of the teams leaders and has developed into one of the best young LB's in the league. Hopefully injuries won't mar his career. Murray has been closer to a flash in the pan than anything else. He's had 12 starts and played almost the entire game vs the Rams in 2011. In those 13 games he only performed real well in 6 of them. After his spectacular performance vs the Rams he reeled off 3 more terrific games then hit a wall.
He didn't average more than 4 yards a carry in his next 3 games. He started off good vs the Giants in week 14 but got hurt and never played again the rest of the 2011 season. I made a comment after the season that I thought teams had started figuring him out a little and some took exception to that. The fact is he had one good game this season on opening night vs the Giants and did nothing until week 4 vs the Ravens. I mentioned he had 17 negative carries this season. He averaged only 3.7 per carry vs Seattle. He averaged only 2.1 per carry the following week vs TB and only 2.2 per carry the week after that vs Chicago.
He's averaged under 4 yards per carry in 5 of his 12 career starts. At times he's looked excellent but at other times he hasn't looked very good cutting back reversing his field and getting taken down for losses. He had 18 carries vs TB and could only manage 2.2 per carry. I'm certainly not putting all the blame on him because the OL has clearly played a part but at times he tries to get cute and make something happen when there isn't anything there and it's resulted in negative yards. Sometimes you just have to go where the play is designed, lower your head and get whatever you can.
I like Murray but like most I'm frustrated he can't stay healthy. When he gets hurt it turns into a lengthy injury that causes him to miss a number of games. At least Felix has been able to play in some games when not 100% but it appears Murray has to be just right or he can't play. A back like that can't be counted on.