Many people including myself feel that Philadelphia Eagle’s coach Andy Reid did not utilize RB LeSean McCoy’s talent to the fullest in last Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and hasn’t done so all year. McCoy finished the game with only 13 rushes, 70 yards for an average of 5.4 yards per carry, but then end result was still a 27-6 loss.
Sure, Andy Reid is right; the Philadelphia Eagles do have other explosive players on the field to win the game. But what is the point of having these elite players when their talents are not being used properly when the clock starts? McCoy finished the 2011 NFL season 4th in rushing yards and 1st in touchdowns by a RB, which quickly made him fantasy god up until this year. With all of the talk heading into the regular season focusing around keeping Michael Vick healthy enough to play all 16 games, it makes all Eagles fan’s scratch our head as to why we are not getting the ball into the hands of the best running backs in the league on a more regular basis. Heading into week 4, McCoy is ranked 8th in rushing attempts but that is not nearly enough touches for a top 3 back in the league.
With Vick’s continuous poor decision making taking place on the field, not to mention he got hit like a rag doll during in last Sunday’s game versus the Cardinals, “Shady” will need to be Reid’s best option for the upcoming game against the New York Giants. Reid’s game plan should start focusing on running the ball more, this means keeping the ball within the best players’ hands aka running back LeSean McCoy, eliminate unnecessary injuries on the field, and hopefully establish more touchdowns.
If Reid decides to keep locking up the best players up in the attic, Vick will soon be injured and the once so called “Dream Team” will be once again a joke just like this past weekend’s game was. So, run the ball, establish a running attack early to alleviate the defense onto Vick or else McCoy’s talent will be wasted and say goodbye to the playoffs…just saying !!!