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Eagles Receive Terrible Running Back Ranking

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports has just published an article in which he ranks the running backs of every NFL team. There’s no surprise that the Vikings and Titans rank first and second; however, the Eagles ranking was a surprise to me. Cole has the Eagles listed 31st, second to last.

With the ranking, Cole has the following comments:

After cutting Westbrook, the Eagles are clearly banking on LeSean McCoy becoming the all-around running and receiving threat to trigger the offense. Based on how McCoy played last season, that may be a bit of a stretch. McCoy looked tentative as a runner and out of place as a receiver. He’s a talented guy, so there’s still a chance, but the first impression was questionable. Bullish Leonard Weaver is around to pick up some change-of-pace yards, but he’s not a true backup.

It’s no secret that the Eagles don’t run the ball as much as a lot of other teams in the league, and that may have something to do with why they were rated so low. Also, the fact that they lost Brian Westbrook, one of the best running backs to ever come through the organization, seems to play a heavy role in Cole’s ranking.

With ranking’s like these, you can’t take them all too serious because these writers don’t know every single thing about every team. For instance, Cole is probably unaware of the fact that McCoy set the Eagles rookie rushing record for yardage. McCoy was also forced to run behind a line that saw a lot of shakeups through injury in 2009.

I am not going to argue that the Eagles have a top five rushing attack; however, I think they are better than where Cole has placed them. With Westbrook not on the roster, the Eagles won’t have to deal with the inconsistency he provided them last year. They have added Mike Bell who is their clear cut number two and will have a great battle between a bunch of skilled runners for the third running back spot.

Cole does mention Weaver’s running ability which is also something to factor in. However, any of the three running backs who end up on the roster should be able to find success running behind Weaver and a healthy line.

I don’t expect the Eagles to feature the run a lot more than they have in previous years, but I think they should be able to find success in 2010 when they put it on the ground.

LeSean McCoy


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