Chip Kelly will do wonders for LeSean McCoy

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.




Print Friendly

Corey Buchanan

Corey is a journalism major and political science minor at University of Oregon. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon in 2010. Corey is interested in many aspects of journalism such as feature writing, hard news and multimedia. He likes to write stories on music, politics, sports and fascinating stories which expand his mind.

  • Dave

    LeGarrette Blount is 50 lbs heavier and 1″ taller than Lesean. Thomas runs in the 4.3 range (super fast), McCoy is in the 4.5 range (mediocre).

  • Richard Large

    Interesting article, but Dave is right about LGB and Deanthony. McCoy is much smaller than LGB, slower than Deanthony (McCoy got beat in 40 yard dash by Vick in OTA’s a month ago).

    Eagles backfield will consist of McCoy, Bryce Brown, and Felix Jones… I’d be surprised if McCoy has more yards this year than in previous years, since Chip rotates backs often.