Mailbag: Does DeMarco Murray Need To Change His Running Style?

JIM WHATLEY
HENDERSON, TX
Will Henry Melton's return to form help George Selvie be the rusher and sacker he was last year?

Bryan: There has been some times where I thought that Selvie was really close to getting home and making some of those plays that we saw from him last season. He is still rushing the passer with that same intensity and his technique has been very good. I don't believe you will see him have seven sacks like he did last season but he is due for a game or two where he could pick up a couple.

David: It's pretty amazing just how little we've noticed George Selvie compared to last year. My best guess is that, despite his injuries, DeMarcus Ware drew a lot of attention off of Selvie's left end spot, allowing him to get more favorable matchups. I think if Melton can get back to form, and if DeMarcus Lawrence can lend a hand, he could make more of an impact down the stretch.

DAVID VALIANTE
WILMINGTON, DE
With the complete talent of this offense, does DeMarco Murray need to "fight" for four or five more yards if he already has the first down, and can that change going forward?

Bryan: Murray will not change his running style. Where that offensive talent needs to help him is getting their bodies down the field and throw some blocks to get men off him or be in position if the ball somehow ends up on the ground for a recovery. There has been too much standing around and watching him fight.

David: No, I don't think it can change, because that is fundamentally who he is. He's a bruising running back whose value is in his ability to wear down defenses. Typically, he does a much better job of getting out of a play that is over -- either by getting out of bounds or getting down. Some of his fumbles this season, like the one against St. Louis, have been of the easier variety. But he had two-to-three Washington defenders clawing at him at the end of that run on Monday night. It's one thing to fight for yardage, but I think in that situation, after a huge gain, he's just got to get to the ground.

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