Could LeSean McCoy And The “O” Line Produce A Consistent Running Game?Eagles, News, Offensive Line Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
The advancement of LeSean McCoy is something which we should keep our eyes on because he has shown the ability to consistently gain yardage on the ground, if he gets some help from his offensive line. That offensive line did a great job on the 29-yard touchdown run by McCoy versus the Niners.
Left guard Todd Herremans who was called for holding on a McCoy touchdown run early in the first quarter, played like a Pro Bowler on the second McCoy touchdown run.
He started the play out on a double-team block with center Mike McGlynn. That blew one of the Niners off the ball and that double-team block opened a big hole for McCoy, who quickly hit it.
The big guard came off the double team with his balance and picked up middle linebacker Patrick Willis. This isn’t easy to do because the backer could attack him before he’s ready.
Herremans was able to unload on Willis. He got such a good piece of Willis that his hit knocked the linebacker back and turned him around. That collision also forced the Niner linebacker to take his eye off of McCoy.
The former Pitt Panther did a great job of using the block to avoid Willis. When Willis looked to his right for McCoy, the running back cut back to his left. McCoy was past the Pro Bowl middle linebacker and by the safeties by the time the San Francisco secondary knew what had hit them.
All the 49ers safeties could do was watch McCoy go into the end zone.
Getting movement at the point of attack, then getting to the second level is the key to running the ball in the NFL. This was great offensive line play by Herremans. This is the type of offensive line play which we used to get from Shawn Andrews before he hurt his back.
The Eagles were able to rely on Andrews and Brian Westbrook on sweeps and screens to pick up first downs and touchdowns in the past.
If they can get consistent offensive line play like that it will make them an outstanding running team. Of course a consistent running attack will take pressure off the passing game and make the offensive line’s job easier when it comes to pass blocking.
If this football team can pick up yardage on the ground consistently it will put defenses in a bind. Would they dare move a safety into the box to stop the run and risk turn DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin loose on their secondary with only one safety deep?
Herremans also did a great job when he recovered a McCoy fumble in the fourth quarter, that could have cost them the game.
Back to the offensive line, starting right guard Max Jean-Gilles doesn’t have the athletic ability to make plays like that on the second level against linebackers.
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