I think it’s safe to say the Eagles have experienced a pretty serious rash of injuries so far this year. One of the latest injuries to occur, has been to running back LeSean McCoy. In Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, McCoy suffered a rib injury that will look to make him miss a few games.
Despite the Eagles lack of dedication to the run, I believe McCoy’s absence will have a big negative impact on this team. Along with McCoy, Michael Vick will be missing some time as well which pretty much makes it look like the Eagles run game will completely nonexistent for some time.
If you look at the cover-two scheme the Redskins ran against Kevin Kolb last weekend, you would have to assume that San Francisco will come out showing the same thing. Kolb was basically forced to check the ball down every time he dropped back and showed no ability to stretch the field.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen Vick’s ability to stretch the field and make big plays with his arm. However, when Kolb entered the game, he wasn’t able to connect with any receivers down the field. Kolb was able to complete a lot of passes, but they were all short passes, many of which were to LeSean McCoy out of the backfield.
Everyone knows that if you want to set up your passing game, you want to be able to run the ball first. Losing McCoy, takes away the only running back who has made contributions on the ground so far this year. You also take away his hands out of the backfield which were a huge part of the Eagles only touchdown drive last week.
In McCoy’s absence, you hope that someone can step up (or maybe they even make a move for someone). However, with the way McCoy has played so far this year, it’s hard to believe that anyone will be able to step up and play on the level that he has.
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