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Eagles may reduce LeSean McCoy’s reps

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Chris Polk may have made the right decision, after all.

The undrafted running back from Washington joined an Eagles team that has one of the NFL’s few workhorse tailbacks, with LeSean McCoy getting 325 total touches in 2011.  That could be changing in 2012.

After the draft ended, coach Andy Reid explained that he may have given McCoy too many opportunities.

“With Dion [Lewis], I would have liked to have gotten him a little more time last year as we went on,” Reid said.  “I didn’t end up doing that and I probably overplayed McCoy a little bit, even though he doesn’t want to hear that.  As he continues to get older and have the number of reps under his belt that he does, you’ll want to back off the number of reps that he does.”

The remarks come at a time when McCoy and the Eagles are believed to be dancing around a long-term contract.  McCoy’s camp undoubtedly is pointing to his production last season, when he set a franchise record with 17 rushing touchdowns.  If he has fewer reps, he’ll have lower numbers — thereby justifying a smaller slice of salary-cap pie.

It may be too late to put that genie back in the bottle.  Perhaps the goal at this point is simply to justify the coming investment in McCoy by ensuring that he’ll be around long enough to earn the money he’ll eventually get.

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47 Responses to “Eagles may reduce LeSean McCoy’s reps”
  1. cleverbob says: Apr 30, 2012 9:06 AM

    Pay the man.

  2. duraco20 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:07 AM

    Eagles have too much Cap Space to not pay McCoy. No BS excuses Philly, Pay Shady ASAP!!!

  3. eagles4thering says: Apr 30, 2012 9:08 AM

    Thank you Andy….we don’t want his knees turning into Westbrooks’

  4. mancave001 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:14 AM

    I think it also has something to do with Westbrook talking about how the Eagles overused him and wore him out. One thing I’ve noticed in the last year is that while they won’t admit it, the Eagles have started listening—to the fans, the media, etc.

    There are three examples that come to mind:

    1) “Apologizing” to Dawkins by going full-out for him as he retires. They’ve essentially admitted their mistake in letting him go.

    2) An uncharacteristic draft in which they took players that both met their current needs and actually fit their system. This just has not been the case in the last several years.

    3) The Reid comments about using Shady too much. Andy Reid admitting a mistake? In the past you’d have a better chance of getting him out a Cheesecake Factory without having to take a second mortgage on the house.

    I’m optimistic about this year. It’s got a different feel than last year’s free agency blitz, paper champion, “Dream Team” expectations and subsequent mocking. It feels like we’re going to have a very potent offense and vastly improved defense. If that defense can play 20% better than they did at the end of last year, this could be a very good year.

  5. mrmarcus55 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:17 AM

    However, in other news Andy Reid will not be reducing the number of reps his stomach takes on toaster strudels.

  6. 7thlombardiontheway says: Apr 30, 2012 9:20 AM

    What deos this have to do with Troy Polamalu’s unparalleled greatness?

  7. eagles4thering says: Apr 30, 2012 9:24 AM

    Gotta agree with you mancave.. I don’t know why but this year feels like the year for the Eagles..

    As long as Vick is healthy, and don’t get me wrong that’s a HUUUUUGE factor.. the Eagles have a great chance

  8. KIR says: Apr 30, 2012 9:26 AM

    Lesean would be a fool to step out on the football field without a new contract. Pay the man

  9. factoryofsadness says: Apr 30, 2012 9:30 AM

    The nickname ‘shady’ is stupid.

  10. jagsfanugh says: Apr 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    Rb is an over rated position now a days. Even the Greatest in the game today in Jacksonville isn’t as important as Gabbert. It is a qb league and last year’s SB champ proved it.

  11. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 30, 2012 9:41 AM

    Now fantasy football loses another featured back. :(

  12. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 30, 2012 9:41 AM

    Does this mean that Andy is looking for excuses to throw the ball more after last year the running game clearly made strides when they committed to balance.

    Seems like business as usual in PHILA.

    LeSean is a freak. You need to get him the ball as many times as you can. The only way this would make any sense is if Dion Lewis showed them he could handle a increased roll. I watched every snap last year and saw nothing that would point to that.

    LETS WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE WE START WORRYING ABOUT REPS FOR OUR STAR PLAYERS.

  13. KIR says: Apr 30, 2012 9:46 AM

    @Jagsfanugh

    Rb is an over rated position now a days. Even the Greatest in the game today in Jacksonville isn’t as important as Gabbert. It is a qb league and last year’s SB champ proved it.
    _________________________
    What does Alex Smith, Joe Flaco and T.J. Yates have in common?

  14. billhicks666 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:56 AM

    Is that a bad thing? McCoy’s a truly great RB, but getting more guys in there who can perform will only serve to keep him fresh and therefore more affective.
    By the way, I’m a Texans fan and the Eagles had the best draft in the entire league. Incredible! How good was it? The Eagles got Chris Polk, a very good RB, as an undrafted free agent! Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin in the fourth round?? Positively sick!

  15. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Apr 30, 2012 10:02 AM

    Ah yes the old we won’t be using you as much moving forward so we can pay you less trick.

  16. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:02 AM

    Lol, these comments don’t have anything to do with money. He will be paid. It has to do with extending the life of one of the best players in the NFL by not blowing his load in his first few years.

  17. snowpea84 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:05 AM

    Sucks to be a RB.

  18. n0hopeleft says: Apr 30, 2012 10:07 AM

    eagles4thering says:
    Apr 30, 2012 9:24 AM
    Gotta agree with you mancave.. I don’t know why but this year feels like the year for the Eagles..

    As long as Vick is healthy, and don’t get me wrong that’s a HUUUUUGE factor.. the Eagles have a great chance

    ___________________________________

    Here we go with the BS. It’s April, and it looks like the Eagles year?

    The Empty Trophy Case Clan “doesn’t know why”, but this feels like the year.

    SHUT UP.

  19. bleedgreen11 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:07 AM

    do NOT turn this into a contract thing. It’s NOT. This is just Andy Reid being smart. He knows what McCoy is capable of, just like he knew what Westbrook was capable of when he used him to death, maybe he is learning from that.

  20. cbs1971 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:24 AM

    @ billhicks666
    ____________

    Yep, I agree. Eagles have nailed the draft this year which is unheard of. They definitely addressed their defensive needs. I give them a A- for the draft. If Vick can stay healthy and our defense can just step it up a notch this year..then watch out! Our D will be smothering this year.

  21. unionslie says: Apr 30, 2012 10:33 AM

    McCoy gets injured with ‘flu’ like symptoms in week 7 probably brought on by his contract, Undrafted FA Rookie Chris Polk gets 3.5 starts… Polk plays lights out and all of a sudden McCoy is expendable.

    McCoy better not let Polk touch the field because I watched him carrie the load for WA for 3 years. He can do it all, and put up fantastic stats behind poor offensive lines.

    If McCoy lets it happen Polk will be the next A. Foster or LeGarret Blount.

  22. cleverbob says: Apr 30, 2012 10:54 AM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Apr 30, 2012 10:07 AM

    Here we go with the BS. It’s April, and it looks like the Eagles year?

    The Empty Trophy Case Clan “doesn’t know why”, but this feels like the year.

    SHUT UP.
    ===================================

    Every team is undefeated in April. Don’t like reading posts from hopeful Eagles fans? Don’t click on Eagles stories.

    And that “Empty Trophy Case Clan” is a pretty clunky moniker. You should work on that.

  23. gmen4life33 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:10 AM

    Shady is a BEAST. Pay the man. I havent seen a RB run like that in a long time. The way he cuts, and INSTANTLY accelerates is just not fair. From a Giants fan who hates the Eagles, pay this man, he is the only guy on your team that scares people (Vick on decline, Jackson can be taken out of game, Maclin has butterfingers at crucial moments, OL terrible, DB cant tackle, this is fun lol)

  24. prrbrr says: Apr 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    Don’t start making Andy’s comments about contracts. Shady is way too good to kill off like Westbrook was. It’s the smartest thing Andy could do, next to PAYING SHADY, even if it is with the understanding that reduced production could be coming his way. Pay the man and play some of these other kids too!

  25. rcampore says: Apr 30, 2012 11:39 AM

    As a Giants fan, I understand them wanting to extend McCoy’s shelf life, but at the same time, I think one of the biggest reasons they have not been able to get over the hump is that they keep going to the passing game in moments when they could run the ball very effectively. McCoy is one of the best weapons the Eagles have especially when Vick seems to get hurt every year. Probably the best way to approach extending his shelf life would be to add a second RB consistently and not passing more. Of course, I don’t want to Eagles to succeed at this.

  26. biggestredmiami says: Apr 30, 2012 11:41 AM

    DeSean Jackson situation all over again

  27. sdffa11 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    i see the same thing happening to mccoy as what happened to westbrook. the eagles will lowball and eventually cave because they know how valuable shady is and we have no capable backups.

  28. janvanflac says: Apr 30, 2012 12:10 PM

    Chris Polk or the other guy they got in the 7th round might be a steal but McCoy is a proven star…decent RBs might be a “devalued”. Game changers like Shady aren’t. They would be smart not to grind him down into dust in 3 years.

  29. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Apr 30, 2012 12:10 PM

    empty trophy case clan– clunky yet accurate.

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  31. nycoccet says: Apr 30, 2012 12:45 PM

    What Andy is saying he wants to pass more. Thats it. The team was way to balanced last year and he is not going to stand for that cheese.

  32. oldbyrd says: Apr 30, 2012 12:58 PM

    No matter what is said about his $ The Eagles need a legit back up running back or it might mean real trouble down the road. McCoy is always a threat. He is arguably one of the best backs in all pro football. God forbid but, if he goes down, we must have that running and pass catching threat.

  33. cleverbob says: Apr 30, 2012 1:31 PM

    andyreidisarrogantandfat says:
    Apr 30, 2012 12:10 PM

    empty trophy case clan– clunky yet accurate.
    =====================================

    Technically no. There is no familial connection, so in the strictest sense they are not a clan. Also, you get the George Halas Miss Congeniality Trophy for winning the NFC, so the case isn’t empty.

  34. 16x8equal49ers says: Apr 30, 2012 2:03 PM

    Nooo they finally have a run first threat.

  35. wwwfugu says: Apr 30, 2012 2:05 PM

    After all what?

  36. wwwfugu says: Apr 30, 2012 2:10 PM

    “Believed to be dancing”? How creative.
    What made you shy away from the “put the toothpaste back into the tube” cliche? I fits you so well.
    Putting the genie back in the bottle is more for teenage girls. Check that; prepubescent girls.

  37. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Apr 30, 2012 2:16 PM

    Technically no. There is no familial connection, so in the strictest sense they are not a clan. Also, you get the George Halas Miss Congeniality Trophy for winning the NFC, so the case isn’t empty.

    And now I see where I have errored

  38. greymares says: Apr 30, 2012 2:51 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Apr 30, 2012 9:20 AM
    What deos this have to do with Troy Polamalu’s unparalleled greatness?

    It’s just that Polamula couldn’t carry Dawkins jock .

  39. gmen5280 says: Apr 30, 2012 3:09 PM

    Keeking their best player off the field is music to this Giant’s fans ears. LeSean is the 2nd best RB in the league. Only AP is the best, pending recovery from ACL.

  40. cometophillyforthecrack says: Apr 30, 2012 4:53 PM

    Larry Johnson, Edgerrin James, Corey Dillon to just name a few ran hard and put away wet. Westbrook was a workhorse but you could tell all that abuse caught up to him into the 2008 season. Glad Andy is trying to use him sparingly and not rack up the mileage.

  41. cometophillyforthecrack says: Apr 30, 2012 4:57 PM

    @Jagsfanugh

    Overrated? wasnt your offense ranked 32 last year? MJD was your only formidable threat. Just give that guy some decent blocking, better yet a decent team.

  42. philly2boston says: Apr 30, 2012 5:06 PM

    has anyone else noticed how many RBs that were taken after the 5th round or FA? Strange to see such a high impact position relegated to 3 years and a cloud of dust.

  43. therealtrenches says: Apr 30, 2012 9:41 PM

    Reid can’t win with some of you. Last year, every time McCoy had a good game, some would complain that it was proof that Reid should use him more. But if he uses him as much as those people would like, he’ll run afoul of oeopke who are worried that he’ll wind up “with knees like westbrook’s.”. And by the way, it’s a little ironic to hear Westbrook complain that his knees are shot from overuse. Back when he was the primary back, he’d occasionally and quietly echo the fan’s sentiments that Reid should be using him more.

    Some Birds fans need to decide what they want, and stop crucifying their coach.

  44. thegreatestofalltimes says: Apr 30, 2012 9:51 PM

    As of 9:49PM EST, the Eagles have $18,995,376M in cap space available. I don’t see any reason to hold off on rewarding McCoy for his awesomeness.

    As KGB from Rounders said in a terrible Russian accent, “Pay that man his money.”

  45. eagleviking says: Apr 30, 2012 11:44 PM

    Just run the football Andy…USE MR. McCoy! Don’t jive around with contracts…pay Him! He is one of the BEST RIGHT NOW…don’t play the stupid shell game…the NFL is getting so predictable…and might i say, all this money talk is boring…

  46. icdogg says: May 1, 2012 12:47 AM

    I don’t think any of this is really about Shady’s contract situation. I think he really does prefer to use the running game less than he did last season. But injuries to quarterbacks and changes on the O-line forced his hand somewhat.

  47. kingdomofeagles says: May 1, 2012 8:54 PM

    Andy Reid has always regretted over-using Brian Westbrook and therefore destroying B-West’s knees before he went and ended his NFL career looking bruised and battered in San Francisco – before actually retiring last year.

    So those who believe this is a ploy in order to pay LeSean McCoy less money during his first big contract, well it’s not.

    It’s a way to keep McCoy producing for the Eagles and a way to keep him plying in the NFL for a long time. Because we all know that Reid overused Westbrook during his time in Philly. Forcing B-West to retire before his time should have been up.

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