The Philadelphia Eagles got the attention of the entire football world with their performance on Monday Night Football. The game was of course the debut of Chip Kelly and his much talked about college-style offense. Kelly and company certainly didn’t disappoint, as Philly ran plays at a torrid pace throughout the night and earned a big time week one road victory over the Washington Redskins.
The star of the game for the Eagles was no doubt running back LeSean McCoy. After struggling to stay on the field a season ago, McCoy returned to form in a big way in the season opener. In total he ran the ball 31 times for 184 yards, while finding the end zone on one occasion. The frequent use of McCoy definitely earned Kelly some criticism, however, as many are wondering if the head coach is going to burn out his running back.
Here’ what McCoy had to say about his amount of work in the team’s opener:
“I didn’t mind it Monday night. I think we can do a better job rotating because it’s a long season. I don’t think I need to have the ball 31, 32 times in a game for us to be a successful offense. We have too many different weapons.”
The RB’s assessment is spot on. Philly doesn’t need to give him the ball that often to be successful. They have a very capable back behind him in Bryce Brown. The second-year RB impressed many after taking over for the injured McCoy in 2012, expect for the fact that he couldn’t hang onto the football. In four starts, Brown fumbled four times. Not exactly an average you want to see if you’re Chip Kelly.
But despite his troubles, I believe the Eagles are best served to give him a decent portion of the workload going forward. Until he gives them a reason not to, playing Brown could prove to be huge as it will only keep McCoy’s legs fresh as the season wears on.