Friday, July 31, 2015

McCoy Running For Running's Sake

We say ... keep handing the ball to McCoy.

McCoy Running For Running's Sake

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To us, the best aspect of LeSean McCoy's rushing game this season (he is averaging a league-best 107.7 yards a game), is that he is being counted on less as a receiver.

The Andy Reid/Brian Westbrook-induced mentality still exists that receiving yards are just as important as rushing yards. But since receivers are in defenseless situations more often that running backs being handed the ball (and therefore susceptible to reckless defensive backs for instance), we'd be happy to see McCoy — who might just be the best runner in the league at this moment — have the pill handed to him each time. And that appears to be the case this year.

After catching a team-high 78 passes last season (5.2 a game), he is down to just over 3 a game this season (23 in 7 games). And nearly 85% of his yards have come on the ground.

By contrast, Westbook never earned more than 70% of his yards rushing. And the season (2005) he split his yards rushing and receiving (617/616), he missed four games due to injury.

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Here are how McCoy and Westbrook's yards break down as Eagles:


   McCOY   

   GP
Rush
    Yards

Pct.

   Rec.
Rec.
    Yards

Pct.
2009 16 637      67.4% 40 308     32.6%
2010 15 1080 64.6% 78 592 35.4%
2011 7 754 84.5% 23 138 15.5%
   WESTBROOK
2002 15 193 69.2% 86 86 30.8%
2003 15 613 64.9% 332 332 35.1%
2004 13 812 53.6% 703 703 46.4%
2005 12 617 50.0% 616 616 50.0%
2006 15 1217 63.5% 699 699 36.5%
2007 15 1233 61.5% 771 771 38.5%
2008 14 936 70.0% 402 402 30.0%
2009 8 274 60.2% 181 181 39.8%
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