When Chip Kelly rode into the city as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, everyone had their own take on just how the offense would change and get better. The naked eye could see the star power that already existed on the Eagles’ roster, but just how Kelly would use those pieces to perfect his innovations had yet to be seen.
Now we know just how good those players can be in this offense.
LeSean McCoy was a really good player for the Eagles in his first four seasons, but his fifth season has been a demonstration of just how influential and effective he can be. In 2013, McCoy has shown that he is a great player and the best running back in the NFL bar none. He won the rushing title and cleared the nearest challenger by more than 250 yards. Along the way he also eclipsed many benchmarks, both personally and related to the franchise. His first season under Kelly saw him gain his most yards on the ground — by nearly 300 yards — and receive his most touches in a season as an Eagle. In doing so, he reached the franchise best marks in both single game rushing total and single season rushing total. He has quickly put himself in the conversation as the greatest running back in franchise history along with greats Wilbert Montgomery, Steve Van Buren, and Brian Westbrook. That conversation may be a bit premature, but at the ripe age of 25, McCoy still has plenty of time to set new marks while making his mark on the history of the Eagles.
McCoy has quickly risen to stardom, and with an offense based on the run he has plenty of room for his star to get even brighter. The thing that makes him most special is that he has always been a team-first guy, knowing that those individual records exist to be broken but always putting the accomplishments of the group before himself. Now he will begin a playoff run toward the one prize that would give him something none of his past Eagle running back counterparts have — a championship. If someday McCoy can help bring that to Philadelphia, he will have solidified his legacy as an Eagle great and really accomplish what none before him can say they have.