Having said that, no one can discount how valuable 2nd year running back LeSean McCoy is to the Eagles. If he stays consistent, No. 25 could very well find himself in Hawaii in January.
McCoy is tied for 4th overall in the NFL in touchdowns. He’s 5th among NFL running backs in both total yards from scrimmage and yards per carry.
It’s not even his stats that stand out the most to me. The toughness he displayed by playing with a cracked rib let the Eagles know they have a go to running back they can truly depend on.
With the Eagles schedule taking a difficult turn, they could ill-afford to lose to the winless San Francisco 49ers.
Philadelphia was already heading to California without starting QB Michael Vick and Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. With Kevin Kolb starting behind a suspect offensive line, going to the Bay with the disappointing Mike Bell was not an option.
By adding some extra padding under his jersey, LeSean McCoy’s presence gave the Eagles a chance. Not only is he productive, the threat of him taking delayed handoffs and making would be tacklers miss is part of why opponents seem to be reluctant to blitz.
Andy Reid and Co. aren’t always correct when it comes to replacing long time starters. Brian Dawkins, Tra Thomas, Jeremiah Trotter (the first time he left) come to mind.
The transition from Brian Westbrook to McCoy was a relief.
There’s no real QB controversy in Philly. Vick is by far the better option. There is one thing he and Kolb have in common, McCoy makes both of their jobs easier.
Other Eagle Thoughts
- It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again. Brent Celek has to make those catches in traffic more consistently.
- I don’t wish injuries on any player, but did anyone notice the Eagles penalties on offense decreased when Jason Peters left the game?
- Why did special team stud Kelly Washington get released again?
- With Peters hurt and King Dunlap unable to handle a bull rush, do we get to see what Austin Howard can do this week?
PS- While writing this, the Eagles front office admitted signing Mike Bell was a mistake by trading him to the Cleveland Browns for RB Jerome Harrison. It sure helps to be friends with other teams GMs.