LeSean McCoy: Eagles plan to run more

The first time the Eagles and Packers played, both teams had a lot of success on the ground.   The Eagles rushed for 149 yards (mostly by Michael Vick) on only 20 attempts and the Packers kept the chains moving with 132 yards on the ground.

The Eagles quietly finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yards and first in yards-per-carry.  It wasn’t just Vick.  LeSean McCoy averaged 5.2 yards-per-carry and racked up 1,672 yards from scrimmage.  Jerome Harrison averaged 6 yards per-carry as McCoy’s backup.

One way to keep the blitz off Vick Sunday against Green Bay will be to run more.  McCoy says that’s just what the Eagles will do.

“Going into this game plan, I’m running the ball a little bit more,” McCoy said Thursday via the Philadelphia Inquirer.   “With [the Packers’] type of defense – a 3-4 – they kind of invite you to run the ball.”

We’re not sure about the logic McCoy uses, but the end result is the good idea.  Outside of Vick, McCoy is the team’s MVP.

“We’re going to run it a bit and kind of get him out of that pocket a little bit more,” McCoy said. “I think that, with play fakes, will help him out.”

54 responses to “LeSean McCoy: Eagles plan to run more

  1. I love Mccoy, he helped carry my fantasy teams to success in every league, but come on man. Inviting?? Packers had the best defense in the league last year, and near the top this year. Both years they were top tier against the run, and you’re not exactly a typical, power running featureback. A lot of his success comes from screens and receptions. I would beg of you to run the ball more. You will not succeed if you do.

  2. After you get ur ass kicked by the Packers then see how much you plan to run the ball. Vick will be exposed again this week like he always is against a good defense.

  3. This is going to be an epic game. One worthy of the NFC Championship.

    Aside from NOS/Sea, it’s quite the appetizing slate for this weekend.

    Good times…..

  4. packerrube13 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 2:53 PM
    I love Mccoy, he helped carry my fantasy teams to success in every league, but come on man. Inviting?? Packers had the best defense in the league last year, and near the top this year. Both years they were top tier against the run, and you’re not exactly a typical, power running featureback. A lot of his success comes from screens and receptions. I would beg of you to run the ball more. You will not succeed if you do.

    ______________________________

    Screens and receptions don’t count towards rushing for over 1,000 yards with a 5.2 per yards an attempt.

    Can you explain that?

    By the way – how many rushing yards did the leading Packer have?

    How do you lose vs Detroit and still boast about that defense?

  5. Actually, while the Packers have a 5th rated defense overall, they are only ranked 18th versus the run. Sounds like exactly the weakness they should exploit, especially since teams that have had success against the Eagles did so by pressuring Vick. Forcing them to play the run should take pressure off Vick.

    Of course the Packers coaching staff know what to prepare for now.

  6. I truly this story to be B.S. for a couple of reasons. First off, the Eagles are coached by Andy Reid. Therefore, they will throw the ball +60% of the time regardless of situation. The second reason is that the Packers will finally, for the first time since maybe week 3, have all of their starting d-linemen back. That is Raji at the nose and Pickett and Jenkins at end. Those three are arguably the best 3-4 front in the league. Combine them with with Matthews’ ability to set the edge or chase down the play from behind, and Bishop and Hawk in the middle, and I will venture a guess that the only NFC team with any hope of running against the Pack in the playoffs will be Atlanta.

  7. It’s the obvious thing to do, whether against the Packers’ D or any good NFL team. Keeps the D guessing, keeps the Eagles D fresh/off the filed, and protects the QB.

    Whether Cap’n Fathead can actually bring himself to do it in the heat of battle is another issue.

  8. Even if his logic made sense, would telling the opposition your plan make any sense?

    I wonder if the coaches just tell the dumb guys with the big mouths stuff like this as a smoke screen to the other team…

  9. I really tire of hearing how the Packers had the best defense in the league last year. What a joke. They had such a weak schedule. When they finally played a viable offense in the playoffs, they got bounced in the first round after giving up 50+ points. However, they’re not going to give up a lot through the air with Woodson and Williams locking down receivers. So, McCoy is right on this one. If they have success running the ball, they will win.

  10. packerrube13 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 2:53 PM
    I love Mccoy, he helped carry my fantasy teams to success in every league, but come on man. Inviting?? Packers had the best defense in the league last year, and near the top this year. Both years they were top tier against the run, and you’re not exactly a typical, power running featureback. A lot of his success comes from screens and receptions. I would beg of you to run the ball more. You will not succeed if you do.

    ^^^^

    Im an Eagles fan, and I hope he’s right.

    And as far as you packerrube, you obviously dont know football, because i believe McCoy was NUMBER ONE IN THE LEAGUE in yards against a stacked defense and average per rush (more defenders in the box than available blockers). Look it up.

    So HE CAN run the ball, hes just not given enough oppoortunities to do so.

    And if he DOES get and opportunity consisitently this weekend, and IF THEY DO run the ball, he will gain 100+ yards. If he gets 18-20 carries, the pack is in trouble.

    I think he will, I think they will run the ball this week, and thats why I said the Eagles win this game easily.

    38-17.

    Watch.

  11. packerrube13 says:
    Jan 7, 2011 2:53 PM
    I love Mccoy, he helped carry my fantasy teams to success in every league, but come on man. Inviting?? Packers had the best defense in the league last year, and near the top this year. Both years they were top tier against the run, and you’re not exactly a typical, power running featureback. A lot of his success comes from screens and receptions. I would beg of you to run the ball more. You will not succeed if you do.

    =======================
    Jerky:
    Top tier against the run huh? Do you just spout things off the top of your head? The Packers were 18th against the run. Not even in the top 50%! Typical Packer fan, know nothing idiot.
    Packerrube- your name sure fits you.

  12. I love players and coaches who feel the need to give away their game plan before the game happens. I wonder if the packers are going to come out in Nickel defense after McCoy’s comments.

  13. If it is cold and windy in Philly as projected, you have got to put your money down in favor of Philly. The Packer’s offense is one-dimensional (passing game). The Eagle’s isn’t. Besides this, consider that the Packer’s Defense is 18th against the run, and the Packer’s rushing offense is what, like 80th? 😉 lol

    If it is cold and windy enough to affect the passing games of both teams, then it becomes the Eagle’s game to lose. And btw, I say that as a Packer’s fan.

  14. V V V V
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    Which one would you rather run against? It’s not rocket science. yes, GB defense is nasty. but it’s easier to pound the guts of a 3-4 than a 4-3. McCoy is right. 3-4 lends itself better to blitzing and outside contain run d, but can be middle gashed. Watch out.

  15. The spaces got F-ed up on my diagram, but anyone who knows anything knows what it should look like. And if you don’t, sorry, you just don’t.

  16. why in the world would a player want to show his hand like that? sounds like smoke & mirrors to me. don’t get me wrong, mccoy’s a great back, but it doesn’t make any sense to tip your opponent off to your gameplan like that.

  17. Why do players and coaches feel a need to yap so much before games? Taking your lead from Rex Ryan is not always the smartest way of taking care of your business.

  18. Packers defense is good but it really benefited from a cupcake schedule. Lions twice, skins, Vikings twice, Dallas,Miami,Buffalo,Sanfran. I mean ALOT of teams with decent players are gunna shut down those teams on defense.

    The Pats put up 30+ points with only 19min with ball. Teams have run all over them this year too.

    There good for sure, but they are not the monsters people make them out to be.

    For the record they gave up a total 300+ yards in offense to Vick and 20 points in 1/2 of football.

  19. McCoy reached this conclusion after the following exchange took place.

    (McCoy walks into Andy Reid’s office.)

    McCoy: Hey, coach. Please tell me you’re actually going to use me enough this game.

    Reid: Listen, LeSean, you have my word that we’re going to run more.

    McCoy: Thanks, coach.

    (McCoy exits.)

    Reid: …..pass plays.

  20. you’re not exactly a typical, power running featureback
    @packerrube13
    So wrong bro. McCoy is a legit star. He got 1000yds on 200 carries plus another 600yds on 78(!) grabs.
    A bigger Westbrook. Love ya Shady!
    Haters unite, Birds are gonna roll them yackers!!
    Jacc Swagga

  21. Top tier this year? Packers run D 18th in yards per game allowed and 28th in yards per carry allowed in 2010. Why does McCoy have to be a power running back? He averaged 5.2 yards per carry this year, which is not receptions. The Packers may stop him, but they did not rank in the top half in run D this year.

  22. Actually, packerrube13, your Pack ranked 18th against the run this year. That isn’t exactly top tier. Also, McCoy does get a lot of screens and receptions (redundant because they’re essentially the same thing), but he also ran for over 1000 yards this year on 5.2 yards per carry. Those passes he catches don’t factor in to that. The kid is a very good RB, not just as pass catcher out of the backfield.

    Last year the Pack led the league against the rush, but are you really citing that as evidence that they have a good rush defense heading in to the following year’s playoffs? C’mon guy. The Vikings had the second best rush defense last year. I guess that’ll help them this weekend too. Oh wait. No it won’t.

    The real question of the game is will Andy Reid really stick to the run? McCoy says it’s in the game plan, but Philly fans have heard that before only for the Walrus to throw the ball 45 times. If that happens, Philly probably loses.

  23. @packerrube13

    You are lucky Philly ripped out the Giants hearts for you or you wouldn’t even be in the playoffs.

    Pack has the 5th rated Defense, Eagles have 2nd rated Offense. You do the math. The Birds will run, pass, skip, jump, whatever they feel like doing on Sunday.

    Shady is…….”not exactly a typical, power running featureback. A lot of his success comes from screens and receptions.”…….. Yep – and he will slip right past those blitzers for big chunks of yardage…remember the 50 yard TD against the Giants?

    IMPORTANT FACTS:
    Pack lost five of six road games this year. Andy Reid has never lost a home playoff opener. Pack oh-and-two lifetime in Philly in the playoffs.

    Rube, do you really want to talk about last year’s defense? 2nd rated D last year, gave up 51 points in the playoffs and went home! (Well, gave up 45…Aaron fumbled/kicked/gagged the last six away in OT). Aren’t you trying to erase the memory of last year along with the memories of Packer’s playoffs in Philly – 4th and 26 and Lombardi’s only playoff defeat ever?

  24. thats our runningback…telling the opposing defense the gameplan. attaboy lesean.

    quite frankly nothing matters unless every component of the team plays as good as they can. assuming everyone does that and reid calls the right plays, the eagles offense is good enough to beat any defense.

    then….its up to the defense….oy.

  25. After a week of hearing how the Packers are going to win this game it’s gonna be a pleasure watching the Eagles win this one handily.

  26. @ zinnskins8 – expose deez. Make the playoffs first and fix your God-awful team before you even try and step to the Eagles you slime.

    you’re obviously still smarting from that last ass-whooping we gave y’all. DeSean 88 yard strike first play of the game you doosh.

  27. The way for the Eagles to win this game is to keep their defense off the field for as much time as possible.
    The way to do that is with an effective running attack.
    Are they capable of pulling it off? I don’t know, but its at least worth a shot. If they can’t run the ball effectively they may be in for a very long afternoon.

  28. Obviously you Eagles fans haven’t watched the Packers play much and are living in a fantasy world. They haven’t been blown out all year and absolutely destroyed a Vikings team at full strength, the same team that embarassed you at home. They also didn’t need any last minute heroics to embarass the Giants. Sure, they lost to the Lions, but the Lions went on a nice little winning streak and the Pack over looked them. They lost by 4, gave up 7, not like they got blown away as Philly did in their losses.

    Packers are gonna roll right over your front 7 and pass all day over that joke of a secondary.

    No way Vick will be able to handle Dom’s pressure. Jackson will be shut down. McCoy will be bottled up and the Eagles will be beat down on their home turf.

    Packers 37 Eagles 16

  29. what charliework says:

    McCoy: Hey, coach. Please tell me you’re actually going to use me enough this game.

    Reid: Listen, LeSean, you have my word that we’re going to run more…

    McCoy: Thanks, coach.

    (McCoy exits.)

    Reid: …..pass plays.

    LOL

  30. why give anybody any hint at all what you are gonna do? just go out,do what you are gonna,and then brag about it!i hate the eagles,but i can’t see green bay beating them 2 times in 1 season unless vick gets knocked out and kolb replaces him.only way i see the eagles winning!

  31. I love how no one on here knows me, and by one comment can say I am ignorant about the game of football. HA!

    Stats are a bit deceptive, and can not be used as a tell all of a team’s ability. Where is the team that was number one in offense AND defense this year, by STATS? At home. The Chargers. Folks, let’s not over credit stats, and look more closely. OR, do what I have done, and watch every Packer game and judge by that. The run defense is strong, and the difference between being 18th ranked and top 10 is the difference of 9 yards per game. 9 YARDS. Subtract just 20 yards a game and they are top 5. I think last year as number one was deceiving, and I think this year at 18 is deceiving. Look bigger picture. No running back ripped them apart, and a guy that is averaging 72 yards a game is not going to scare me. (This is me, using your stats guys) He also ran against the Pack defense for 35 yards in week one. YIKES! Of course Vick had a big day and led a valiant comeback, because we game planned for Kolb. Now that we have had time to game plan for Vick, that won’t happen again. And again read my post, I love McCoy, and is one of my favorites players already. I am keeping him in all fantasy leagues! But he doesn’t scare anyone on the Packer’s defense. He is not a pure running back. A big part of his threat, as I said, is receptions. He is dynamic. But as far as just running he doesn’t scare anyone, like Westbrook. So as my first post stated, please pound the ball to McCoy, it will bode well for the Packers.

    And for the love of God, quit saying Rodgers can’t win a playoff game! Jesus Christ he played in ONE game and put up 45 points, his defense just gave up more. He played great that game, especially second half, when it mattered. He wasn’t tight, tentative, or mismanaging. He played out of his mind. 0-1 in playoff games. WOW, really terrible…. You guys are ridiculous.

    Would you guys please watch football, and more specifically Packer football, before you comment on a post regarding them. THANKS! You sound like fools when you talk out of your a$$es.

  32. @ packerrube:

    I agree with you that stats aren’t everything. But I can virtually guarantee you that Dom Capers has his eye on McCoy, because McCoy is good enough to change the outcome of the game if overlooked. And, FYI, Westbrook scared a few DC’s in his prime…

    As for your analysis of Rodgers’ performance in last year’s wildcard game, I agree he played extremely well…right up until he fumbled the game away in OT. Bottom line is AR “can’t win a playoff game” because he hasn’t yet! Maybe not fair, but QB’s are judged on wins and losses, not how many points they put on the scoreboard. You watch, if GB loses tomorrow the media will give AR the Tony Romo treatment next season faster than you can say cheesehead.

    Good luck tomorrow.

  33. @phonyromo

    I appreciate the fact that your post is intelligent.

    Yes, Rodgers better win tomorrow or he will hear it for 12 months straight, longer if he doesn’t win one next year. But again 0-1 is nothing to be ashamed of. One game. Oh well…

    Yes, McCoy is definitely a threat and on Capers mind. I never once said he wasn’t, and I didn’t discredit his game changing abilities. BUT, its not going to be an AP-esque performance, which is my whole point. He is not a workhorse back that you can give it to 25 times and expect huge results, like AP or MJD. His biggest threat is that he can run AND receive better than any other back in the league. (Your guys’ STATS back that up) He led the league in receptions by RBs. THAT is what will worry the Packers, not him taking 25 handoffs. IF he gets to 25 carries that means fewer Vick touches and more than likely a Packer win.

  34. “The Pats put up 30+ points with only 19min with ball. Teams have run all over them this year too.”

    Teams are running all over them this year? You do realize the Patriots are the ONLY team this year to score over 30 points against the Packers this year, don’t you?

  35. “Pack lost five of six road games this year. Andy Reid has never lost a home playoff opener. Pack oh-and-two lifetime in Philly in the playoffs.”

    It’s funny how you bring up the Packers road record but yet completly avoid bringing up the fact that the Eagles are 4-4 at home.

  36. and oh one more thing Eagle fans, you have a lot of balls to keep bringing up the Packers allowing 51 points in the playoffs last year especially considering the 34-14 beatdown the Cowboys gave you guys in the same round last year.

  37. Was McCoy talking about his team running more, or the Packers?

    21-16! Go Pack! Let’s beat another dirty bird this coming Saturday!!!

  38. nodak2de says:
    Jan 7, 2011 4:24 PM
    After a week of hearing how the Packers are going to win this game it’s gonna be a pleasure watching the Eagles win this one handily.

    ___________________________________

    So when is the world gonna end, Nostradamus??

    You’re on a heck of a roll.

  39. nodak2de says:
    Jan 7, 2011 4:24 PM
    After a week of hearing how the Packers are going to win this game it’s gonna be a pleasure watching the Eagles win this one handily.

    ___________________________________

    So when is the world gonna end, Nostradamus??

    You’re on a heck of a roll.

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