At this week’s minicamp, running back LeSean McCoy got his first extended look at the offense the Eagles will be running in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach and it comes as no surprise that McCoy is looking forward to getting things up to full speed.
McCoy figures to be in line for a healthy amount of work in the coming season as a starter in an offense that used backs in a variety of ways when Kelly was in Oregon. McCoy raved about the creativity that he’s seen from the offense thus far while acknowledging that everyone still needs to see how things look when there’s a defense trying to stop them. Mostly, though, he’s excited about what the future holds for him, Bryce Brown and the other backs.
“This is the kind of offense where it’s not a debate, ‘Oh, I could do it myself,’ because, one, you’re going to do more plays than any other offense, even in practice … For two, the amount of hits. You’re running so much. If you’re faking it or you’re running it, or if it’s a pass or not, you’re constantly going. I think any back, no matter how great of a shape that he’s in, he’s going to need some extra help,” McCoy said, via the team’s website. “I know that, and Bryce (Brown) is good enough that he can play. I think every team has two good backs if you look around the league and I think Bryce is good enough and I’m confident in myself that I think us together will work well. In this offense, you need another back. And don’t be surprised if Chris Polk gets some carries because you’re running so much it’s like a freaking track meet. It’s like a relay, you need extra guys.”
McCoy’s not the first person to compare Kelly’s offense with a track meet. In college, his players could usually run by or around the opposition without much trouble. One of the big questions of this NFL season is whether the same will be true for Kelly with the Eagles.