Notes: McCoy On Message Received

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy took the podium this afternoon after another hot minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex. [He went with sweatpants for Wednesday’s session; said it was a mental thing.]

McCoy told Albert Breer of recently that the release of DeSean Jackson sent a message to the team. He was asked to elaborate.

“I don’t know what you took out of that, but for myself, what I took out of that is no matter how good a player is, it’s a team and if you can’t buy in, anything is possible,” he said.

“I’m not sure about the rest of the team, the concept they took out of that, I’m just speaking for myself. A player like that, who has done so much for this franchise — even in the year Chip was here, the stuff he did — so some players on some teams may think, well, he’s producing on the field, that’s the only thing that matters.”

Has it changed your mindset?

“I like to do things the right things anyway just in general, so I don’t think it changed too much,” he said, “but it’s the small things you think about that you think nobody cares about but in all reality, they  do. So just take care of the small things, the small details, and just do your work and have fun doing it and do it to the best of my capabilities.”

A reporter brought up that McCoy needs 1,066 yards to pass Wilbert Montgomery as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

“That’s it?” McCoy said, flashing a playful smile.

Is it a given, assuming health, that you’ll break it this year?

“I wouldn’t say it’s a given; nothing is a given. But that’s another goal to add to my list of things to get done. With the guys blocking up front the way they’ve been blocking the last couple of years, I think in this offense I can get it done.”

With 5,473 career rushing yards, McCoy is currently fourth on the Eagles all-time list behind Montgomery (6,538), Brian Westbrook (5,995) and Steve Van Buren (5,860).

Chip On Murderleg

There has been some question as to whether Carey Spear has a legitimate shot to win the kicking job, or if he’s just here to push Alex Henery.

“No, if you’re in our 90, you’re here to compete for a job,” said Chip Kelly. “There’s no one here just taking space.  He’s improved since he’s gotten here.  I know [special teams coach] Dave Fipp has worked with him really closely and I’ve seen improvement since he got here on Day One.  He’s in camp to compete for a job.”

Would the Eagles consider bringing in someone exclusively for kickoffs if Henery struggles this preseason?

“I don’t know.  That’s why I don’t deal with hypotheticals.  I know Alex has really worked on kicking off in the off‑season, a lot of things him and coach Fipp have sat down and talked about, but I’m not a predict the future guy.”

Maehl sidelined

The Eagles haven’t had too many injury issues during the OTAs and minicamp thus far. Jeff Maehl appeared to be the only player  who did not participate in Wednesday’s session. He watched practice from the sidelines. No injury reports are given this time of year.

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  • Frederick Douglass

    The within-reach rushing record is the much more interesting part of this article. The title selected constitutes a missed opportunity.

    • myeaglescantwin

      the title isn’t about rushing at all but team atmosphere right?
      he’s saying the team understands the significance of the DeSean release.

  • Philly0312

    You know…Shady only got better in this system down the stretch. I’m really excited to see what he can do this year. Even if he has fewer touches, I wouldn’t be surprised if he eclipsed 1600 yards again. Guy is the shiftiest back I have seen since Sanders. So much fun to watch.

    • Kev_H

      I hope you are right but that would buck the trend of all recent workhorse rushing leaders.

  • Joe Thomas

    I like how he says it is not a given, even though we know it is. He should have the record by week 12

    • Philly0312

      Wound not surprise me at all if you are correct.

  • myeaglescantwin

    McCoy is the real deal.
    Barring injury, there is no doubt he re-writes the team’s record books.

    I just wish he would do less nonsense that gets caught up in the media.
    every year it’s something with this kid.
    He’s building something great here, i’d hate to see him mess it up with a bad decision.

    • Dubya

      It was an issue with his baby momma and then the party bus. I don’t recall any issues prior to that and I’m sure he’s going to be more mindful of stuff now. I always felt like Shady wanted to be great, of course the recent TMZ events tarnishes some of that but the kid is human and young. He wants to go down as an all time great, I have no worries about his future as an Eagle. If he goes its because of injury, decline in play or Chip found himself a younger cheaper version.

      • Warhound

        Didn’t he miss a paid personal appearance at a club in the Scranton? Left the owner and fans in the lurch…

        • Dubya

          Stuff like that doesn’t bother me as much as the Twitter war incident or the throwing the girl off the party bus incident. Maybe his team screwed and he didn’t show whatever. No one was hurt, no one was shot. Do I think he has a litttle dbagness in him yeah. But as long as he says the right things and buys in like he says the team should be doing, he should be an Eagle for the foreseeable future. I don’t see sideline spats, I didn’t see him sit out, when he interviews he interviews well there’s no inflammatory remarks. DJack getting cut like that opened a lot of people’s eyes. Never in a million years did anyone thing the team would just cut him for nothing.

          • anon

            Have no issue throwing girls off of party busses. Frankly compared with other stuff that goes on its not bad. Kid is a 25yo multi millionaire. Bad judgement doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.

          • myeaglescantwin

            Not that it was extreme, or that i didn’t enjoy the beef with NY, but that battle showed he was reactive.
            & this year he has this call out with Peterson that escalated for days.
            I think it is more that fact that it happens each year.

            all in all, it’s worth it. Kid’s in his mid 20’s and the best in world at what he does.

      • poetx99

        all that said, y’all need to realize that there was no twitter or TMZ back when most of the all-time greats were playing. imagine how many HoFers who never would have gone one to stardom after some social media or 24 hr ESPN bullshit blew up.

  • JofreyRice

    he’s easily the best Eagles running back I’ve seen. Even better than Vaughn Hebron.

    • OldDocRoss

      I love me some B-West but it’s between Shady, Vaughn and Mahe for sure.

      • Michael

        Darnell Autry had his moments…

      • Travis

        You guys are forgetting the incomparable Ryan Moats.

        • poetx99

          damn. its like the bruce perry era never even happened. fickle philly fans and their what-have-you-done-for-me-lately-ism, i swear.

      • Johnny Domino

        Po James and Silky Sullivan.

        • FurlongKid

          Dead heat between Chris Warren and Amp Lee.

          • Always Hopeful

            Y’all me rollin’! Bringing back all the old rbs!

        • Kev_H

          I had an NFL licensed Silky Sullivan #25 when I was a kid. Back then the painted on numbers would peel off in little strings after awhile.

    • NickS1

      Buckhalter. Definitely Buckhalter.

      • Amar

        You mean the one who went to Denver and then into witness protection ?

        • NickS1

          I guess his name is not Buckhalter anymore

          • Amar

            Or he’s part of the Giants backfield :):)

      • Cliff Ainley

        Really? Buckhalter was a good back. Stop acting like he was a stiff…no class.

        • NickS1

          That’s why when he left he didn’t do anything, I guess. Makes sense.

    • PhillySean

      It was the Michael Haddix selection that broke my heart.

    • DirtyWaters

      Almost as good as Heath Sherman.

      • BrettConnolly

        I’d say he’s a notch above Anthony Tony.

    • Jonathan R. Henry

      Just a cut above James Joseph.

  • CSpangler

    I think he’s almost as good as Louie Giammona. Who by the way is 61 yrs old. #33 in your program #1 in your heart (oh and it helped to be Vermeil’s nephew)

  • BrettConnolly

    How about the over/under McCoy uses the word “fifty-burger” in a post-game interview?

    • BrettConnolly

      “you know….Eagles…..whoa!!”