Cosell explains “McCoy fits what the Eagles do perfectly.” With the 2009 second round pick, the Eagles struck gold and made a “terrific pick” to take the reins when it was time for the team to move on from the beloved Brian Westbrook. The Eagles’ front office did their research before drafting McCoy who has rapidly blossomed into one of the most well-rounded backs in this league in only two seasons.
LeSean runs the ball between the tackles, blocks, catches out of the back field, and has the big play ability that is a similarity among all players on the Eagles’ offense. Last year, McCoy led all running backs in the league with 78 receptions (7th overall among NFC players), accumulating 592 yards and two trips to paydirt.
“Shady” had a smooth transition into the NFL from a similar Pitt offense in college. LeSean’s transition was so smooth, in fact, that he holds the Eagles’ franchise record for most rushing yards (1,717) and most scrimmage yards (2,617) in his first two seasons. He outran backs like Wilbert Montgomery and Steve Van Buren who were second and third on that list, respectively. He also was beat DeSean Jackson in the scrimmage yards category by more than 300 yards.
In his second season, LeSean added to his list of franchise credentials. He became the 16th player in franchise history to top the 1,000 rushing yard mark in a season and only the 5th in the Reid era. In addition to reaching the century mark, McCoy also finished the season with over 5 yards per carry, the first Eagle to do so when having at least 200 carries in that season. After his 120 yard, 3 touchdown performance against the Lions in week 2 he earned FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors and became the first Eagles back to run for 3 touchdowns in a game since Charlie Garner in 1995.
In addition to his undeniable statistical domination, LeSean also has the moves on the field to leave defenders rolling on the ground with sore ankles. “Shady” originally got his name from his mother because of his quickly changing facial expressions but there is a reason that nickname stuck with him into his football career. McCoy possesses a cut move that is similar to those put on by Barry Sanders in his day. In one specific play that stands out to me against the Colts, McCoy changed direction once in the backfield, leaving two defenders in the dust, changed direction again, leaving two more defenders wiffing and setting up a massive block for guard Mike McGlynn, then darted up field and was dragged down by the fingertips of Gary Brackett attached to his jersey.
Not only does LeSean have the ability to make a defender miss, he can also lower a shoulder and finish a play with power. If Shady is inside the ten yard line, defenders are not going to win the battle between him and the endzone. The only thing I have to say to those unlucky would-be-tacklers is “Good Luck.” And that could go to any defender that tries to go one on one with LeSean McCoy.
LeSean McCoy improved greatly between his rookie season when he was forced into playing for an injured Westbrook and his sophomore season. LeSean’s potential is endless and the Eagles have something special in this tough, young running back.
Stay tuned to hear what else Greg Cosell had to say about this Eagles’ offense.
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