McCoy Wants ‘Offense On My Back’

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

There is only one team in the NFL that’s allowing more than 5.0 yards per carry to its opponents: the Chicago Bears.

And there’s only one team averaging at least 5.0 yards per carry: the Philadelphia Eagles.

So it should come as no surprise that when LeSean McCoy looks at Sunday’s matchup, he thinks he can be the difference-maker between a win and a loss.

“I feel like this game I’ve gotta put the offense on my back,” McCoy said. “I want to roll. I want to get going. I think me and the guys up front, we’ve gotta set the tone. I think once we do that, we can worry about the other team. But I feel like right now, the big guys up front and myself, we need to put this game on our back and take care of business and get a win.”

McCoy is coming off a game in which he only ran the ball eight times for 38 yards. Chip Kelly mentioned earlier this week that the Vikings were playing with a numbers advantage in the box, but as McCoy pointed out, opposing defenses have been doing that all year.

The running back admitted he was surprised with the lack of carries, but said he never approached Kelly to ask for more opportunities during the game.

“The good thing about Chip that I actually love is he’s so competitive where if I say something to him he won’t take it in a negative way,” McCoy said. “He’s always positive and he understands I want the ball or whatever player it is. So he doesn’t take it in the wrong way.

“He’s an offensive genius. I don’t have to tell him I need the ball or I want the ball. He knows what plays we need to run, the right time to call the plays. I don’t know that stuff. If you ask me, yes, I want the ball every play. So he knows exactly when to run it, when to throw it, when to get his playmakers the ball.”

The previous week against the Lions, McCoy started off slow but then exploded in the fourth quarter. On the season, he’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry in the second half, tops among running backs according to STATS, Inc.

“It’s definitely a rhythm thing,” McCoy explained. “Just touching the ball so much. You might run a play two to three to four times so you get the rhythm of how they play it. The first time they might get you, stop you. And then you run it the second and third time you kind of feel the weakness, where I can go – to the right side, is it working on the left side, just the small things. And you keep pounding it and pounding it.

“Maybe a guy one-on-one he might tackle me, but in the back of my mind I’m thinking: ‘Well OK, the next time or the next time I know he can’t tackle me.’ So it’s just a matter of pushing along and keep going and also just imposing your will on them for the first quarter, second quarter to the fourth quarter. It’s like once you’ve got that rhythm, you’re confident. You know guys up front are making room and holes. It’s easier to run.”

The Bears come in having allowed 152.4 yards per game on the ground. That’s dead last in the league. According to Football Outsiders’ metrics, Chicago is 31st against the run.

With 1,343 yards, McCoy is still the NFL’s leading rusher. With the stakes potentially high (the Eagles can clinch the division if the Cowboys lose earlier in the day), he wants the ball in his hands.

“It’s a big game. I feel like the matchup is there,” McCoy said. “I feel like our offensive linemen against their defensive fronts and the one-on-one matchups with our backs and their guys, their linebackers and safeties, I feel like we [can] win that matchup.

“And it’s just determination like we put ourselves in the hole by losing last week, where this week we come out and we have to win. Every game is a must-win. So that’s my attitude and my approach. It has nothing to do with last week. It just has to do with my attitude. The guys we’ve got up front this whole year have been excellent. It’s no surprise the type of year I’m having because those guys are busting their butt each week making holes and opportunities for me to make guys miss. I just feel like it’s a challenge for me and the guys up front to get it done.”

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  • OregonDucker

    Pound ‘em and keep the Bears offense off the field.

    • Adam

      I’m glad we’re playing these guys after a loss. The pass rush and secondary need to come out hungry and against Jay Cutler they have a chance to make a big impact.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Eagles offense aside, I think the pass rush is the key to winning. We know Alshon and BMarsh will get open, it’s just a matter of getting to that baby Cutlet by the time he gets to them.
        Other than that, hope our O keeps up with their O

        • Chris

          haha +1 for baby cutlet/the league reference

          • G_WallyHunter

            lmao waiting for someone to point that out

      • Jason

        The only way we can get a consistent pass rush is if the corners aren’t playing soft coverage. Hard to get to the QB if he is able to find a guy wide open 2 seconds after the snap. That was by far my biggest frustration from Sunday. I bet Cassel set a career low in snap to pass time on Sunday.

    • nicksaenz1

      Exactly what I’ve been thinking.

    • GEAGLE

      Oh it’s coming Ducker….especially since it look like it will be raining in philly.

      We are winning this one 31-24

  • G_WallyHunter

    PUT DA TEAM ON HIS BACK DOE!!!

    • Adam

      Looks like me headed to the bathroom after losing a battle to a plate of nachos grandes

    • macadood

      doe

      in all my years playing madden i’ve never had a guy actually run limping like that doe

      • macadood

        i rather enjoyed that vid :D

        • G_WallyHunter

          you’ll enjoy this too, this guy is hilarious

      • G_WallyHunter

        lmao ya I’ve never seen it either, looks like he’s playing like 2008 or 2009 too, odd very odd

    • #7

      LOL

  • theycallmerob

    I can’t help myself. ESPN at its finest today.

    How Riley Cooper Put Slur in Past

    1st line: He was finished, at 25

    I was hooked.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10155320/nfl-hot-read-how-riley-cooper-put-slur-past

    • G_WallyHunter

      you’d think this was published 2 months ago, ESPN (Disney), doing what it does best.

      • nicksaenz1

        Without reading it, by doing what ESPN does best, you must mean luring potential readers by over-playing the already over-played race card?

        • G_WallyHunter

          Yes, very much so, they are the “People’s Magazine” of the NFL, Tabloids of the NFL, so yes, you are ON POINT with that point lol

    • nicksaenz1

      Not as bad as an Ashley Fox read, at least.

    • Chris

      Saw that earlier today, was surprised it wasn’t an Ashley Fox article tbh. ridiculous.

  • anon

    I need screen passes not rushing yards — it’s the fantasy championships!!

    • G_WallyHunter

      Yup, McCoy needs to kill it.
      I have McCoy, Djax, Foles, Keenan Allen, Bush and I’m up against Manning, Decker, D. Thomas, AP, Lacy, Z. Stacy lol… tough. Battle of the powerhouses

      • anon

        i’m against mccoy but have jeffrey / foles.

      • GEAGLE

        FOles
        Shady
        Reggie Bush
        Gio Bernard
        Brandon Marshall
        Jordy Nelson
        Pierre garçon
        Julius Thomas
        Tucker
        Kansas City defense
        ..
        I won’t lose

        • G_WallyHunter

          Everything solid except Garcon HA, good luck

          Foles
          Keenan
          Djax
          Sanders
          Shady
          Bush
          Delanie Walker
          Vereen
          D Bailey
          Car D

          I lost Reggie Wayne, Julio, Finley to injuries, still make it to finals

          • devCal

            ppr:
            Brees
            Forte
            Vereen
            Djax
            larry Fitz
            Edleman
            Jimmy Graham
            Gio Bernard
            Justin Tucker
            New Eng D

            Dude i’m playing has peyton. F him!

          • GEAGLE

            You hae NO right to cry lol….I just had to overcome Jamaal Charles scoring 60 against me in he the semis….good luck men, let’s get paid!

          • GEAGLE

            Cousins will throw for 400 against Dallas… I’m sitting TY hilton and coop to start garçon vs. dallas

          • #7

            In the fantasy league championship game myself

            Romo
            Forte
            Stacy
            C.Johnson
            Keenan
            J.Gordon
            Ertz
            Kuechly/Kendricks (alternate on matchups)
            L.David
            G.Gano

            Keenan, Stacy and Ertz off the waiver wire

  • Hap

    I am attending Sunday’s game. I have been to each home victory thus far. I want to wear my sparkling new Shady jersey that I bought myself as an early xmas present (yeah me!), but I don’t want to send out bad vibes.
    This article may have sealed the deal: SHADY!!!!

  • GEAGLE

    I’m telling Yous, before Chip and Shadys time together ends, Shady will have had a 300yard game

  • morgan c

    Love what McCoy said.

  • jon h

    This is the kind of thing you LOVE to read

  • Godfather of Soul

    I hope that they do put it on McCoy’s back. Lil Nicky can’t carry no team and Vick been there and done that. Vick has a better chance of doing that than Nicky.

    Bet McCoy wouldn’t say anything like this had Vick been the starter. No overstepping a real leader.

    Fly Eagles Fly