There was no doubt after the Philadelphia Eagles‘ win on Monday night against the Washington Redskins that LeSean McCoy is the most important player on the field. McCoy simply continued to do what he has shown he is capable of when given an opportunity with the ball. The difference for the Eagles was that Chip Kelly put the ball in Shady’s hands 31 times, making him the main attraction of the highly lethal, speed driven offense.
McCoy ran all over Washington, racking up 184 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown in the third quarter, capping off a historic night for Philadelphia. It seemed known with Kelly taking over the Eagles that they would become a more run oriented team in the option-based spread offense. However, no one could have predicted that McCoy would look so good in Week 1 of a new system. The offensive line had a lot to do with his success, but Shady continued to make tacklers miss at will once he made it to the second level of the defense, which occurred more often than not behind a great performance by the front five.
After such a prodigious start, at the offensive speed which Kelly has deemed slow, can McCoy keep this up for 16 games? The Eagles hope so, because in the balance hangs their season and a chance to return to greatness in the NFC East. It was only one week of football, but using his output against the Redskins, it would mean that McCoy would go off for 16 touchdowns, carrying the ball 496 times and posting 2944 rushing yards.
NFL history would say there’s not a chance. If McCoy could continue to run and stay on Kelly’s high tempo pace, he would shatter Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, that has stood for nearly 30 years, by more than 800 yards. With the number of plays that Kelly plans on running each game, continuing to up the pace and tire defenses, it would seem impossible that McCoy could keep up at this pace, but he just may have a chance to put that single season record in his rear view mirror come the end of the season and make some history.