Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy began the year as the centerpiece for Chip Kelly’s high-octane, option-based, spread offense. He came sprinting out of the gate, gaining more than 150 yards on the ground in two of the Eagles first three games. He has led the NFL in rushing yards since the beginning and continues to be a multi-faceted option week in and week out.
But are the numbers deceptive? Have defenses figured out how to stop the potent Philadelphia ground game and force them into other options with McCoy?
McCoy’s numbers are a mystery. They don’t seem overall like the overwhelming numbers of a league leading rusher. He has produced three outstanding games on the ground, producing over 450 yards. But in the other six games, McCoy has not broken 75 yards. His success is deceptively amazing, based on three standout performances.
Regardless of the ground mystery, McCoy continues to be an integral option on any offensive play from scrimmage. He has taken a bit of a backseat role, since the loss of Michael Vick to injury, but continues to find ways to be involved whether through the air, on the ground or blocking.
McCoy is an All-Pro running back in every aspect of the game and it’s just a matter of time before he breaks off that one long run that will get him on track once again. He’s capable of making tacklers miss at will and turning nothing into something. He will continue to be the man in Philadelphia for some time to come, but the Eagles need him to take the lead now while they’re in a bit of limbo and carry them in the right direction for the future.