There’s been plenty of focus on who will be playing quarterback for the Eagles in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach, but that’s not the only offensive position impacted by Kelly’s arrival on the sideline.
Kelly’s Oregon teams ran the ball with great success and that’s got people in Philly excited about what LeSean McCoy might be able to do in the offense. He’s coming off a year ruined by a concussion, but McCoy has shown the skills to thrive in an offense that gives running backs plenty to do and his position coach believes the sky’s the limit for what McCoy can do in the years to come.
“He can be the best,” Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley said, via Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com. “He can be the best to play the game.”
Staley gets an A+ for hyperbole to throw out such a thought at this point in McCoy’s career, although we wouldn’t be surprised to see McCoy get a lot more chances to prove Staley right than he got in some moments during Andy Reid’s tenure. The new Eagles offense should give McCoy plenty to do and should make good use of his abilities as both a runner and a receiver over the course of the season.
He might not wind up being mentioned alongside Brown or Payton, but the Eagles don’t need him to be in order to see the kind of productivity that gets their offense back on track.