Through 30 minutes on Sunday night, the Eagles had given the ball only six times to running back LeSean McCoy. He gained a mere two yards.
Fortunately for the Eagles, that didn’t prompt coach Andy Reid to abandon the run in the second half. Instead, McCoy got the ball 17 more times — and he gained another 121 yards.
“We stuck with it, and eventually it cracked,” McCoy said, via CSNPhilly.com. “We ran stuff outside, then inside, then outside. The linemen were getting blocks. Our scheme for the linemen, it’s for them to run. They do it well. Hats off to the linemen and [offensive line] coach [Howard] Mudd. Those guys did a good job, and it showed today.”
Asked about being featured in this week’s game plan after having limited carries in Week Three, McCoy said via comments distributed by the team, “I won’t get into all of that.”
We will. And we’ll say that the perception before Sunday that the Eagles weren’t using McCoy was simply erroneous. He had 58 carries in three games. That translates to more than 19 per game, a higher weekly average than he generated in 2011. After last night, his average is now over 20 per game, which puts McCoy on pace for more than 320 carries this season.
The key is that the Eagles not only stuck with the run on Sunday but embraced it despite early failure. It’s something they’ll need to keep doing if they hope to keep winning games — and if they hope to keep Mike Vick healthy. As explained by Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles are 10-1 when McCoy has 20 or more carries, and 20-21 when he doesn’t.