The Eagles Offense Must Be McCoy First And Vick SecondBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
When LeSean McCoy was drafted by the Eagles I considered him a good back but I didn’t think he could be a a great back. I was wrong. If he were featured in this offense and playing behind a good offensive line, he could come out each week and effectively run the football against the best defenses in the league.
When I say run the ball, I’m talking about consistently getting four yards on most of his carries. Getting four yards on a consistent basis allows an offensive coordinator to sprinkle in pass plays, and control the football. If the Birds were to center their offense around McCoy, it would force defenses to decide whether to game plan to stop McCoy or Michael Vick and the passing attack. Vick hasn’t proven he can carry the load and not turn the football over.
I think the quarterback’s job would be made much easier if they treat the passing offense like the second fiddle rather than the first. Right now Andy Reid has to take the pressure off of Vick and put in on McCoy in order to eliminate all the mistakes. If they don’t quickly eliminate the turnovers, Reid will be forced to sit Vick down and give the ball to rookie Nick Foles.
I knew McCoy was very good at changing directions and making people miss, but I didn’t know of the level he could take things.
McCoy is so adept at shaking people in the holes and finding running lanes where there seem to be none, that he’s worthy of building this offense around. This offense should be built around him because he could be the one constant that they need. Vick and the passing game can’t be a constant, if they turning the ball over so often.
Shady could get you four yards on first down or four yards on second, which would keep you out of those third and very long situations. The key to being a good NFL offense is finding something you can do virtually all the time against an NFL defense. You must have a constant, which allows you to set up the other things you do.
Oh yeah, you’ve got to be able to throw the football in the NFL, so Vick will have to throw the ball effectively this week without turning it over, even if they were to feature McCoy in the game plan.
During most of Reid’s tenure with the Eagles, he relied on Donovan McNabb throwing the ball short to receivers like Chad Lewis, James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, Torrance Small and Charles Johnson on first down or second down to keep the offense in manageable third down situations.
The key to McNabb’s success was the fact that he could run the offense without turning the ball over. All those throws in the dirt which were made fun of, are a lot better than all those turnovers which Vick has gotten from making high throws over the middle that are tipped by defensive linemen, or deflected by linebackers and then intercepted. Turnovers kill you in the NFL and despite not being especially accurate, McNabb was smart enough to be wild low rather than wild high, thereby avoiding the turnovers.
You can’t build an offense around a mistake-prone quarterback like Vick has been. I think starting this week with a game plan to feature McCoy and work Vick’s passing in after that would make this Eagles offense less turnover-prone and that’s something they must achieve immediately.
Unfortunately, the Birds are missing two of their best offensive linemen in Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. They each have superior athletic ability for their positions and that allowed the Birds to be a great outside running team as well as a great screen team. Once they got McCoy out in space behind Peters or Kelce, a big play was getting ready to happen.
Now they must ask McCoy to accomplish great things behind the likes of Demetress Bell and Dallas Reynolds. It’s a lot to ask, but Shady has shown he can create running lanes where there are none. I’ve seen him make three and four unblocked tacklers miss.
Still they must feature McCoy in the offense in order to allow Vick to establish some rhythm against Jason Pierre-Paul and that New York Giants defensive line. You’ve got to make them worry about number 25, so they won’t destroy number seven.
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