LeSean McCoy must be giddy right now. After spending his entire NFL career playing for pass happy coach Andy Reid, McCoy will finally get the opportunity to show the world the extent of his talents under the king of the ground game, Chip Kelly.
McCoy possesses all the necessary traits for a running back in Kelly’s spread offense. He has the size and power of LeGarrette Blount, the agility of LaMichael James, and sheer speed of De’Anthony Thomas.
During McCoy’s four year career, the Eagles have never been in the top ten in rush attempt percentage and McCoy has only cracked the top ten in the NFL in rush attempts once despite being one of the most talented running backs in the NFL since he entered the league in 2009.
On the other hand, we all know Chip Kelly loves to run the ball. The Ducks have finished top five in the nation in rushing the last three years and have produced a Doak Walker award winner in LaMichael James and an All-American in Kenyon Barner, just the last two years.
In order to succeed under Kelly, McCoy will have to be in pristine condition. According to Dennis Dixon (from an NFL Live interview), Kelly plans on utilizing a more up-tempo offense than he used at Oregon (if that’s even possible). McCoy will also have to improve his blocking, which has been inconsistent throughout his career.
McCoy recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the Eagles starting quarterback dilemma, “Whoever he picks, I’m fine with. As long as I get my carries, I don’t care who they pick.”
No need to worry LeSean; you’re in good hands.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Cline.