McCoy: Arians Could Use Our Players

mccoy_400At first, LeSean McCoy tried to let the question float by without saying much.

“It’s another game, another win,” the Eagles’ running back said when asked about comments Bruce Arians made during the week.

But he couldn’t let it go completely without directing a little jab in the Cardinals’ direction.


"But I’m sure he’d love to have some of these players on offense on his offense," McCoy said. "College offense or not, he’d love to have some of our players on his team."

Arians' initial comments were in response to a question about the read option in general, not the Eagles specifically. While most players acknowledged that they were aware of what Arians said, they downplayed the idea that his words were used as some kind of motivational tool.

"Everybody knew what he said, but to tell you the truth, we could probably care less what Bruce Arians’ opinion is of the read option," said center Jason Kelce. "So I don’t think that was too much of a brought-up subject. We know as an offense that as long as we do our jobs, we protect Nick [Foles], we open up lanes for LeSean that we’re gonna be a good offense."

The Eagles' offense was up and down against a very good Cardinals defense. Overall, they totaled 307 yards and 24 points and came away with their fourth straight victory.

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  • Adam

    Why did no one put the Arians quote into context until right now?

    • Richard Colton

      hahaha. yeah, right?

      Here’s the only context that matters: Cards 21 College Offense 24

      • @PhilthyBird215

        Co-sign ^

  • Media Mike

    McCoy can STFU given his lame stats today. Homeboy isn’t even leading the NFL in rushing anymore. How can I argue with loser Vikings fans if McCoy is behind Peterson?

    • Adam

      Not sure if you’re serious.

      • Media Mike

        Tongue in cheek-ish. I’m bummed he’s been weak on yards in 4 of the last 5 however. I want Shady to hit up a 1600 yard season with 20+ TDs.

        • bonez

          arizona run D is really good. not every game can be like a game of madden, and the only stat that matters is the W.

          • Media Mike

            Gore and Lynch got them for more than Shady did. I take that personal. I need like 6 or 7 of our guys in the pro bowl this year!

          • GEAGLE

            Don’t even want our guys going to play in that whack game..let em stay hungry and under the radar..
            ..
            Today wasn’t designed for shady,,,if I knew it was gonna be about the TEs and Coop, I’m sure Chip knew it

          • Media Mike

            They can skip the game, but I want Shady, DeSean, Foles, Peters, Mathis, DeMeco, and Fletcher Cox all named to the pro bowl! NOW! HOF JACKETS FOR EVERYBODY! RESPECT!

          • GEAGLE

            F that,,probowls mean you gotta pay them more lol…the joe banner way

          • Brandon Boykin, OLB

            You can’t compare different games, played in different conditions, with different players, in different offenses. Not you shouldn’t. You actually can’t.

          • Media Mike

            I just want to see the top of the stat sheet, standings, fan fight stats, etc. to all have Eagles there.

          • anon

            eh, his YPC have been down over the last 5 games.

          • BlindChow

            Uh, his average in Green Bay was 6.2, his second highest of the year. That was 3 games ago.

            And his average today was 4.2, which is actually better than the Oakland and Washington games. It would have been even higher if not for that Avant holding call.

        • GEAGLE

          Did you miss his Recieving yards? Still cracked 100 total, as always

        • B

          You sound like you are upset w him cause his fantasy stats are down

          • Media Mike

            I don’t have him on my fantasy teams, I just want to be able to use him as a talking point vs. other fans. I’m in a rowdy and violent mood over the almost loss today. It was too stressful.

      • Media Mike

        And I’m still livid of the horrible attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this afternoon.

    • Myke Lowery

      before today.. both him and knowshon has exact same total yardage, 708, since the infamous “knowshon sucks” tweet.

      • anon

        Knowshown gets easy yards. I’d have 1,000 yd seasons if i was on Peyton’s team. Knowshown vs Shady in the Vick RO is the same. I don’t know what’s going on w/ the run game now.

    • theycallmerob

      uh, by pointing to the “win” column? get over yourself

  • GEAGLE

    Has FOles thrown more TDs then Peyton in the games he has played?

    • G_WallyHunter

      3 more with 0 picks and we have a new (very impressive) record.
      As long as that Oline can protect like they did today, I have a damn good feeling the record will be set Sunday on that porous Detroit secondary.

      • Andy124

        1 more to tie, 2 to own the record.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Thanks, edited, my mistake. Well, it should definitely happen Sunday

  • GEAGLE

    I want to hear Arians press conference,,,anyone hear it?

  • GEAGLE

    We woulda beat a lot of teams playing how we did today..

    The ONLY diiference between Zona and the lions is Reggie bush…our defense will have a tougher time, but if we can block their front 4, offense will have a much easier time then they did today..and a wide 9 will present lanes for shady!!

    • BlindChow

      Maybe Bush pulls an Ellington in practice this week…

    • anon

      I’d say megatron is a difference. But i think we can get Stafford to generate TOs

    • Mitchell

      I asked about the wide 9 on the Blitz last week I think they run it quite a bit better than we did here. There was talk they have better linebacker play than we did.

      • G_WallyHunter

        That would make sense. I was also hearing something along those lines, that their wide-9 is very effective at flushing the RBs inside straight into Fairley and Suh, plus ya their LB play is MUCH better than ours was with it, so it’s effective because of it.
        Not to mention Washburn is over there, doing his usual psychotic screaming

    • @PhilthyBird215

      i really like our chances vs the lions.
      reasons:
      - lions D-line is heavy, just like the Packers D-line. 315 + lbs. vs our up tempo O can be problematic.
      - Loins Mathew Staford is a clone of Carson Palmer, he will throw a few up for grabs.
      - Our defense is not designed to completely stop a team. ( we don’t yet have the personal to play that egressive) instead its designed to limit what the other team dose best. and take advantage of mistakes by the opponent.

    • pjcostello

      There are a lot of similarities, agreed, but some other differences as well. Stafford will throw it to Calvin Johnson far more often than Palmer did to Fitzgerald; they have a multi-faceted running game with both Bell and Bush; their D-line is bigger and very active, but they also play the wide-9 with the ends, which we’re all familiar with here. I think Stafford’s arm is much stronger than Palmer’s, and he’ll throw from a variety of arm slots — he’s also bigger and stronger, and harder to bring down.

      • @PhilthyBird215

        all fine points Mr PjCostello. yes Stafford will toss the ball up in the direction of Johnson, in fact I’m betting on it. and i believe so is Mr Billy Davis. we have bigger corners to fight that toss to Jackson and hopefully to come away with one or two of those.
        my biggest concern in this game is not Reggie bush. It’s Nate Burleson. he is a much better route runner, and is very quick coming in and out of his brakes. and their new found red zone target, the behemoth TE that is Fauria, Joseph

  • GEAGLE

    What’s really impressive about the pressure our front 7 generated was it wreaked havoc while Barwin was busy in coverage. Impressive.
    Lane,Ertz,Logan, two new CBs, and Barwin (you didn’t notice him in coverage and that’s a good thing) all had a big game..Cooper continues to develope, Desean remains dailed in..we hate on Bryce running, but he picked up some huge blitzes. If they didn’t hold curry on the play Demeco got the sack on Carson would be dead. Meco and Kendricks were all over the field? Nate friggin Allen. Oline held up against a serious test…Donnie jones is a weapon!!
    ..
    Ugly game, yes…make no mistake about it…HUGE STEP in the right direction, head down! find a way to beat who is in front of you. Refuse to lose…and we can win some games

    • Mitchell

      I remember when some people ripped me earlier in the season when I wrote a post that maybe Nate Allen wasn’t as bad as we all thought. NOW WHOSE LAUGHING MUAHAHAHAHA!!!!! *cough*

  • GEAGLE

    What if we don’t sign Maclin and go after Decker instead? Big crafty WR who will block and be a weapon?

    • Media Mike

      Watching the 4PM CBS game, are we?

      • GEAGLE

        Lol you can’t tell me that Denver can offer him more money lol..didn’t realize how big he was

        Desean,Coop,Decker. Draft a WR, Ertz….FOles gold….

        Cheifs just lost Brandon Albert, fisher sucks, Sean smith can’t cover anyone, and their QB can’t get their best WR B owe the ball..trouble in paradise Andy?…..maybe you need some sports science in your life

        • cliff henny

          already have decker…Cooper. peyton is just dropping soft balls in there for decker’s catches. Eagles need the slot, or screne recr, especially for ending these games.

    • anon

      I’d love to have any WR if Peyton is throwing to them.

    • Tom w

      Was thinking same exact thing last week. Decker is a hws and smart guy chip loves. We would be unstoppable on offense and block the run plays even better … Something maclin can’t and won’t do. I bet Howie may be thinking the same thing. That pickup allows us to go olb or haha and corner in rd 2. Has Allen earned a new k? Do you trust wolf? Decker or Byrd?

      • pjcostello

        Just a little revisionist thinking — Maclin was/is actually a pretty good blocker downfield.

  • Max Lightfoot

    I’m a happy little wombat. They sacked the snot out of Carson P and pulled out a close one!

  • pjcostello

    Dumb penalties hurt the Eagles today, and I felt they were lucky to escape with a win — one that looked like a given when they were up 24-7. DeSean Jackson’s punt return TD wiped out by penalty, Shady’s long 30+ yard run negated by penalty… can’t have those lapses and be a winning football team. :-(