Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries the ball during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Can Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy Rush for 2,000 yards?

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Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) looks to avoid New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) during the fourth quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) looks to avoid New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) during the fourth quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles runningback LeSean McCoy’s first year in Head Coach Chip Kelly’s offense was impressive, he racked up 1,607 rushing yards. That total was good enough to earn him the NFL Rushing Title and he was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year. Combine that with his 539 receiving yards and McCoy also led the NFL  in Total Yards from Scrimmage and All Purpose Yards with a combined 2,146 total yards.

McCoy averaged 100.4 rushing yards a game, exactly 10 yards better than the 2nd place finisher, Minnesota Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson. McCoy had 166 more yards from scrimmage (rushing yards + receiving yards) than the 2nd place finisher, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. To finish the trifecta, McCoy had 126 more all purpose yards (rushing yards + receiving yards + return yards) than the 2nd place finisher, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, and McCoy does not return any type of kicks.

Its easy to see why LeSean McCoy had such a great season but the next question is, can he reach the 2,000 yards in a season threshold? In a 16 game season, a runningback must average 125 rushing yards a game to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark. McCoy had 10 games where he averaged 132 rushing yards and he had 6 games where he averaged 47 rushing yards. The disparity between the two averages is .

Keeping those numbers in mind, McCoy is definitely capable of meeting the 125 yard average per game. The question is with the addition of new Eagles runningback, Darren Sproles, can LeSean McCoy get enough touches on a stacked Offense to reach the next level? I think he can. In the 2nd year under Head Coach Chip Kelly, I expect the Eagles Offense to take another step forward and become even more dominant. Part of that next level will be the confidence LeSean McCoy gains in his ability within the Eagles Offensive scheme, and new Offensive weapon Darren Sproles aside, LeSean McCoy should maximize his yardage within this system.

Head Coach Chip Kelly is a run first coach. Yes, his “See-Coast” Offense often looks as if the passing game comes first but, the runningback is more heavily relied upon in the scheme. McCoy had the most carries of his career which resulted in the best rushing year McCoy has had, and he was still getting used to this system. In his 2nd year, LeSean McCoy will maximize his productivity and even with a new runningback to help him, McCoy could approach the 2,000 yard mark this season.

 

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