It was a historical season for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. He established himself as the best all-around back in the NFL, leading the league in both rushing and yards from scrimmage. He also set multiple franchise records, some of which had stood the test of time. But was 2013 an aberration, or just a taste of what’s to come from Shady?
In his first season under the Eagles’ new head coach, Chip Kelly, McCoy was made the center of a lethally offensive universe. Philadelphia made a huge change from the pass first offense which it had seen under Andy Reid, to the option-based, run attack which Kelly employed. The options were endless in getting playmakers the ball, including McCoy, who saw more touches in 2013 than in any of his previous four seasons. Shady was finally able to display his full spectrum of shifty running ability, while helping the Eagles to their first division title since 2010.
Now, looking ahead, defensive coordinators around the league can only wonder if McCoy has room to get even better.
Although his record setting season saw him reach career bests in many aspects, McCoy still has room to improve in certain categories based on his previous marks. He ended the season with nine fewer touchdowns than his career high, which he set in 2011 with 20. In addition, another franchise mark sits on the horizon in McCoy’s sights. The all-time Eagles mark for rushing yards is 6,538 yards by Wilbert Montgomery. Although McCoy still sits fourth on the franchise list, he is just 1,065 yards from Montgomery’s mark, which definitely puts it in reach for 2014.
Finally, after demonstrating that he is among the elite runners in the league, it would be hard to imagine that McCoy would show any signs of dropping off next season. So, chances are that instead of it being the outlier, McCoy will find ways to get even better under Kelly and be the consistent of the high octane Eagles offense.