Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray appears to be developing quite the rapport with his new coaches. This is a refreshing change from his previous situation in Philadelphia.
According to running backs coach Sylvester Croom, Murray is the apple of his eye.
“He’s a coach’s dream,’’ Croom said of Murray, per Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website.”
Croom reportedly loves Murray’s work ethic, skills and leadership on and off the field after working with him during the offseason.
Murray arrived in a trade with the Titans after spending a tumultuous season not exactly meshing with his former head coach Chip Kelly. To hear that Murray is dazzling is great news for the Titans, whose main goal on offense is to improve their lagging run game.
As for Murray’s rookie counterpart, Derrick Henry, Croom admitted that it could take until the end of the season to get an exact reading on the rookie.
“From a physical standpoint, his football talent is obvious. Now, the mental toughness, the mental discipline, how to truly be a professional football player — that is the key and it will determine how much success he is going to have and how much he’ll be able to help our football team. The talent is there, but until a rookie goes through the first season, he really doesn’t know what it takes to be a pro at this level.”
It was earlier reported by the team that the Titans could go with the “hot hand” at running back this fall. Based on this recent update by Croom it would appear that Murray will see the majority share of the carries — at least early on — with Henry having some opportunities as long as he keeps up to speed.
After bringing Murray in, as well as making other prudent additions this past offseason, the Titans are doing all of the right things to boost their basement status in the AFC South.