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 »
Until Saturday morning, no Eagles player had spoken out publicly in defense of their former teammate DeSean Jackson.
But that changed when LeSean McCoy addressed reporters while taking a break from his football camp at Camden Catholic High School.
“It’s a surprise for sure,” McCoy said when asked for his reaction. “I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn’t really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different. And playing against him is really gonna be different. I just imagine all the times we used to… knowing defensive teams are gonna try to defend us and different things like that, and now we’ve gotta defend against him, so it’s gonna be a little different. Read more »
DeSean Jackson is portrayed as a “blatantly insubordinate,” me-first character that needed to be removed from the equation in a recent story by Joseph Santoloquito for CBS Philly.
The report cites sources “close to and around the team, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles.” There are several quotes that paint the former Eagles receiver in a negative light, but zero come with a name attached. Read more »
Chip Kelly is OK with a certain degree of predictability.
The Eagles’ head coach has acquired a handful of new offensive players in his first two offseasons, and in each case, common principles exist. He wants guys who are capable of contributing in multiple ways; players who can be productive lining up in a variety of spots; and playmakers who are good with the ball in their hands.
Which brings us to yesterday’s acquisition of Darren Sproles. The Eagles dealt a fifth-round pick to the Saints in exchange for the nine-year veteran.
Having seen Kelly’s offense in action for a year and having looked at how Sproles performed in 2013, we can get a sense of what his role might be with the Eagles. Read more »
Chip Kelly did a fantastic job turning the Eagles around from 4-12 bottom-dwellers in the NFC East to 10-6 division champs. But that wasn’t enough to earn him Coach of the Year honors.
Instead, Ron Rivera took home the award after helping lead the Panthers to a 12-4 mark in the NFC South. Andy Reid finished second, Bill Belichick was third, and Kelly was fourth, per the Associated Press. Read more »
LeSean McCoy has never been shy about voicing his opinion on other players around the league.
Whether it’s Osi Umenyiora or Knowshon Moreno, the Eagles’ running back usually has a take one way or another. The most recent subject he chimed in on was Richard Sherman.
Speaking to Steve Phillips and Evan Cohen during a Sirius XM interview, McCoy was asked for one player he would never want on his team. He paused for a second before naming Sherman. 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 »
With the game tied at 14 in the fourth quarter, Deion Sanders thought about pulling Nick Foles from the Pro Bowl.
“Offensively, I know drafting young quarterbacks it was gonna be a dilemma,” Sanders said during a TV interview on NBC. “But I know I have [Andrew] Luck. And he’s with his scheme. So if we have to go back to Luck, we gotta go back to Luck.”
Ultimately, Sanders decided to stick with Foles, and the Eagles’ signal-caller rewarded him by engineering a five-play, 57-yard drive to give his team the lead. Foles delivered a beautiful ball to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown down the right sideline for 39 yards. He then found Browns tight end Jordan Cameron for a 12-yard TD. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week, including one man’s evaluation of Nick Foles and a safety name to keep an eye on. Read more »
Evan Mathis may not have been voted into the Pro Bowl, but he is getting plenty of recognition elsewhere this offseason. The standout guard was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press earlier this month. On Monday, he was selected to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team.
LeSean McCoy was also named to the All-NFL team, and Jason Peters made the All-NFC team.
While McCoy and Peters were both tabbed to represent the Eagles in the Pro Bowl (Peters has since opted out), the 32-year-old Mathis was named a second alternate along with DeSean Jackson. (Nick Foles, a first alternate, will be playing in Hawaii). Mathis has been cleaning up otherwise. He recently was given the Bruce Matthews Award by Pro Football Focus, which goes to the top offensive lineman in the league. Read more »