Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, by his own admission, had a down year in a season in which he got injured late in the 2012 campaign. Playing in an offense that, for whatever inexplicable reason, decided the best plan of attack was to throw the ball 40 to 50 times a game despite having an impressive stable of running backs that also includes Bryce Brown, who tore it up when given his opportunity, and second year man Chris Polk, whose rookie season was derailed due to injury, certainly didn’t help.
McCoy has a fresh start now under new head coach Chip Kelly, and he happens to be a man who loves to run the football. Kelly will give McCoy every opportunity to thrive in this offense as I am betting he is called on for 20 to 25 carries a game and also will be relied on heavily in the passing game as a weapon in screen and option plays out of the backfield.
It is scary to think what the man they call is “Shady” is capable of in a high octane offense that also relies on the run to be successful like this one. McCoy has found a way to put up Pro Bowl type numbers in an offense catered toward the passing game, but now he has a chance to really shine where he can be the focal point that makes the whole offense go.
McCoy certainly looks to be the centerpiece of this brand shiny new offense. He is the offensive player that is most critical to the Eagles’ success and now will have the proper amount of carries to show what he is really made of. Perhaps McCoy and his fellow running backs can run their way back into the playoffs in 2013.