McCoy: ‘I Feel Like I’ve Let Coach Down’

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.At first, LeSean McCoy didn’t want to answer the question.

Asked what kind of reaction Andy Reid would draw from fans in what could be his final game at the Linc, McCoy said, “I’m not thinking like that. I don’t want to answer that type of question. As far as I’m concerned, he’s our coach right now and hopefully in the future.”

But the reality is that McCoy is probably playing his final two games for the coach that selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft. Even though the team is 4-10, coming off an 8-8 season last year, and hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2008 campaign, McCoy still stands firmly in Reid’s corner.

“I think so,” McCoy said, when asked if Reid is underappreciated. “If you sat here and tried to name five to eight coaches that’s better than Coach Reid, I would like to hear them, because Coach Reid’s a good coach. He gets blamed for everything. Sometimes if you break down the film or break down the plays and the mistakes, how do you fault the coach for that? But I guess people have their own opinions and their minds are made up. The thing about the team is we know how good of a coach he really is. Whatever happens, happens. I’m behind Coach Reid 110 percent.”

McCoy is probably the team’s best player. He piled up 1,309 yards on the ground and 20 total touchdowns in 2011. He’s averaging 75 yards per game in 2012, despite running behind a decimated offensive line.

But the running back feels like he hasn’t done enough. McCoy thinks if he had done more, perhaps Reid’s future in Philadelphia wouldn’t appear to be so bleak.

“Sometimes, I think as players, we’ve let coach down,” McCoy said. “And then myself, I feel like I’ve let coach down. And I’ve told him that face to face, because you see on TV, and you watch those guys bash coach for this and that and knowing it’s not his fault, but he’s tough. He’s a tough coach. Even in the position we are with the record, he still shows up everyday ready for work with the same attitude and intensity. So that shows you a lot about him.”

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  • morgan c

    Well, if it’s not his fault LeSean, and he’s still the best coach around, then our players are terrible. And he selected them. Soooo, it’s one or the other, and either way, Reid has to “accept responsibility” (re: be fired).

    Sorry, this crap just really pisses me off. The players all love him, and talk about how it’s not the coaches fault they make all their mistakes. SO WHY THE HELL DO THEY CONTINUOUSLY MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES?! If they keep making mistakes, it goes to coaching. It just does. Obviously there is no accountability and fundamental discipline and coaching there to correct the mistakes.

    So frustrating.

  • LostInChiTown

    I do feel for the players that put in maximum effort every week. All the players seem to unequivocally love Reid. It’s go to hurt watching him be booed because of your performance.

    That said, Reid’s time is justifiably up. Too many poor personnel and coaching moves, and that inability to run the football or make in game adjustments before halftime is killer.

    Unfortunately, I do think McCoy is right. It’s hard to name 10 or even 5 coaches who are better or have had greater success. Reid came in with a full binder outlining his strategy to build a franchise and it worked for over a decade. We should have given him a forced sabbatical two years ago so he had nothing to do but study the game and update that binder. 13 years with no break in one place will destroy any coach.

    If he’s offered the San Diego job, he’ll take it. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if he takes a year off and comes back a better coach.

    • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

      AR will take whatever job comes his way – even if it is with the Raiders. He still thinks he can get it done. Fact is, though, the game has passed him by. He’s no longer innovative and, as a result, he’s prone to grasping at straws in the hopes that he’ll strike lighting somehow (see Vick, Castillo, Washburn, even Mudd). Sorry, but he’s like the re-treads that coach in the NBA – they might be able to get you to .500, but a championship? – no way in heck.

  • Justin

    Dick Vermeil. Brian Billick. Bill Belichick. Jon Gruden. Bill Cowher. Tony Dungy. Tom Coughlin. Mike Tomlin. Sean Payton. Mike McCarthy. There’s ten names for Shady. Those men have all won Super Bowls during Andy Reid’s tenure as the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, and that’s not counting whoever wins it this year.

    • Sensei

      There’s no way you believe Gruden is a better coach

      • Justin

        Say what you want, but he defeated Reid’s Eagles in the NFCCG and went on to win the Super Bowl.

        • LostInChiTown

          Two games doesn’t make Chucky a better coach.

          Besides, only five of the coaches you listed are still coaching:
          Bill Belichick. Tom Coughlin. Mike Tomlin. Sean Payton. Mike McCarthy

        • The Guru

          Gruden is absolutely 100% a better coach than Reid.

    • UncleCarm

      I think he meant coaches who are still coaching. And just because a coach wins the Super Bowl doesn’t make them a better coach. Just sayin

  • 1972

    Cant really expect a impartial answer from mccoy. he drafted the guy, he gave him a shot, of course he’s going to say this.He’ll be saying the same thing next year if we get a run heavy coach that knows how to run a power offense in the redzone

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  • The Guru

    Shady, your coach let you down by giving you carries under two mins down by 30.