The truly amazing part is that 2011 was only McCoy’s third season in the big leagues, as the Eagles nabbed the former University of Pittsburgh great in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. McCoy has shown exceptional athletic ability ever since he first stepped foot onto the NFL stage, rushing for 637 yards and 4 touchdowns his rookie year as a full-time backup to former Eagles All-Pro RB Brian Westbrook.
The following season, his first as an NFL starter, McCoy continued to impress as he cracked the 1,000 rushing yard mark (1,080 yards) and also tacked on 9 total touchdowns (7 rushing) before his majestic, epic, season-long mastery in 2011.
Well, to call McCoy’s follow up campaign last season a travesty would be putting it lightly.
The Eagles, as a whole, experienced a monumental collapse in 2012, compiling a 4-12 record in an injury-riddled, truly haunting campaign that culminated with the canning of their decorated 14-year head coach, Andy Reid.
But with Chip Kelly now at the helm in Philly, equipped with his high-octane spread offense built around speed and endurance, I look for McCoy to put up at least 20 total touchdowns again in 2013.
Kelly’s spread system is tailor-made for not just McCoy, but the Eagles’ entire offensive unit, as the Birds house one of the fastest overall offenses in the entire league with the likes of McCoy, QB Michael Vick and WRs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Damaris Johnson.
I know it’s certainly a bold prediction, but look for McCoy to earn his second All-Pro campaign in 2013, with not only the 20+ touchdowns, but over 1,500 yards rushing as well.
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