The usage numbers for LeSean McCoy from the 2013 season are eye-popping.
The Eagles’ running back played 873 snaps, second-most among all ball-carriers behind only Chicago’s Matt Forte. McCoy’s 314 carries were tops in the NFL, as were his 366 touches.
Yet there were no real signs that the heavy workload slowed him down in the short-term. McCoy carried the Eagles down the stretch, piling up 519 yards and averaging 6.3 YPC in the team’s final four regular season games. In fourth quarters, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC (fifth-best), according to STATS, Inc. Read more »
This week, we’ll offer offseason outlooks for the Eagles, position-by-position. Each day, we’ll answer a pressing question and rank the position on the priority scale. First up was quarterback. Now onto the running backs.
PRESSING QUESTION: Are Brown and Polk good enough backups?
McManus: Good enough, yes, though the Eagles could use a little more production out of their No. 2.
Bryce Brown was a bit of a disappointment. After a couple dazzling performances his rookie year, the hope was that the former seventh-round pick would develop into a real nice weapon for Chip Kelly in 2013. That never quite happened. You can chalk some of that up to circumstance. LeSean McCoy stayed healthy and, given how productive he was, didn’t come off the field a whole lot. When Brown went off against Carolina and Dallas last season for 178 and 169 yards, respectively, he received 19 carries in one game and 24 the other. He had no more than nine carries in a single game this season. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position review of the Eagles’ offensive performance against the Vikings after having re-watched Sunday’s game.
* Tough game to critique for Nick Foles. He threw for 428 yards, three touchdowns (one INT) and averaged 8.9 YPA. Normally those are phenomenal numbers. And Foles did have some excellent moments. But I came away thinking he could have closed in on 600 yards. Keep in mind this is without the benefit of the All-22 (not released yet). There were a lot of times where he identified open receivers but was off-target with his throws. Read more »
Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) hands off to running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo | Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s a position-by-position look at what we saw from the Eagles’ offense against the Lions, after having re-watched the game.
* There was good Nick Foles, and there was bad Nick Foles. Obviously, the weather conditions were a factor. Foles started the game 4-for-13 for 35 yards. When he missed, he generally sailed his throws. That’s what happened on the first-half interception. Foles was also off-target on a hitch to Riley Cooper, and he fired a quick throw to Cooper into the ground. Last week, on the same throw, Foles fired the pass over Cooper’s head. Both attempts came with him under center. I think that has something to do with it. That’s an easier throw when you’re in shotgun and can just take the snap and fire. Read more »
The Eagles have the best big-strike offense in the NFL. They had eight plays of 20-plus yards Sunday, upping their league-leading total to 80 on the season. With three games remaining, they have a shot at surpassing the record of 96 established by the “Greatest Show On Turf ” Rams back in 2001.
Chip Kelly‘s offense has 19 touchdowns of 20-plus yards, which is also tops in the league. Three of those came in the fourth quarter against Detroit, as LeSean McCoy rattled off TD runs of 40 and 57 yards, and Chris Polk got loose for a 38-yarder.
The big play is part of this team’s identity. And it’s not all about getting the big play, it’s also about stopping it. Read more »
Here are 10 observations on the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched the game.
1. The one word I would use to describe Nick Foles is comfortable. He was calm in the pocket, delivered the football on-target and did a great job on the little things like setting up screens. Foles threw a beautiful ball to DeSean Jackson in between Redskins defenders for 19 yards in the first. He connected with Zach Ertz for a 15-yard pickup and lofted one to LeSean McCoy for 49 yards down the sideline. In the second, Foles motioned Bryce Brown to the right, pump-faked to him and then came back to Brent Celek for a 42-yard gain on a screen. In the third, he delivered a nice ball to Ertz, but the rookie dropped it. That was no issue for Foles, who came right back to him on the very next play for a 16-yard gain. Overall, 17-for-26 for 298 yards. He easily could have had three touchdowns, but receivers were brought down inside the 5. Foles’ play was not the issue in the second half. He wasn’t asked to pass a lot, but still went 8-for-11 for 81 yards. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Dallas Cowboys: QB Michael Vick, safety Patrick Chung, CB Shaun Prater, RB Chris Polk, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly and DL Damion Square. Read more »
The Eagles downgraded Chris Polk from questionable to out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys because of a shoulder injury.
In order to have a third running back available, the team decided to bring Matthew Tucker up from the practice squad and released cornerback Jordan Poyer. Read more »
Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters left early in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.
Peters was initially engaged with former Eagle Daniel Te’o-Nesheim on a running play to LeSean McCoy before coming off the block to hit linebacker Lavonte David. He went to the ground after the hit and eventually walked off under his own power. Peters was replaced at tackle by Allen Barbre.
He has since returned.
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Earlier this week, we graded the Eagles’ defense, position-by-position, after the first four games of the season.
Now it’s time to check in on the offense. As we explained, these are based in large part on expectations, given the talent on the roster. Read more »