LeSean McCoy Slowed Down And Piled Up the YardageBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Monday, December 9th, 2013
It looked like the Birds offensive backfield slowed everything down yesterday with their running game in the second half. Every running play the Eagles had in the third and fourth quarter looked like a draw play because of the care Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy took in making sure there were no fumbles on the handoffs. McCoy also seemed to purposely give the offensive line time to make their blocks, then he began each carry running straight ahead north and south.
Running north and south isn’t usually McCoy’s way of running, but he made an adjustment at half time and it made a huge difference.
It may sound simple, but one of the reasons the Eagles beat the Lions yesterday was because they were fundamentally sound with the way they handed the ball off and how they secured the football when carrying it in the snowy weather. McCoy’s performance will be remembered for breaking Steve Van Buren’s Eagles record for most rushing yardage in a game, but the fact that he didn’t fumble the ball one time during game helped the Birds win it.
I had predicted that turnovers would help decide the game, but I was thinking about Matthew Stafford throwing interceptions rather than fumbling. Lions running back Joique Bell coughed up the football a couple of times in the first half with Detroit in position to score. The Eagles turned the ball over only once, when Foles threw his first interception of the season. Turnovers did a play a role in the game as it kept the Birds within striking distance because of Bell’s fumbles.
In the second half, Foles took his time making sure he handed the ball off to McCoy properly. He looked the ball into McCoy’s gut and put the ball in there during handoff. McCoy took his time getting the handoff and the timing worked out well with the offensive line because that gave them time to make their blocks. The running plays were like draw plays right up the gut.
The patience in attacking the hole, allowed the offensive line to counteract the attack of Detroit defensive tackles, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Suh and Fairley were active versus the run for three quarters, but they may have tired out in the fourth quarter, when McCoy went crazy and ran for 137 yards in the fourth quarter.
McCoy did a great job of avoiding slipping, by minimizing his moves and running over his feet. He kept his weight even and over his feet. He seemed to be moving with surer steps and more confidence in his stride. In the second half, Shady was moving at a different speed from everyone else.
On his forty-yard touchdown run, McCoy got the handoff, spotted a hole straight ahead of him and took off. Lions weak safety Louis Delmas attacked McCoy and tried to cut him, but the Eagles running back jumped over him, then broke a tackle by Detroit cornerback Rashaen Mathis and took the ball all the way to the end zone. Delmas looked foolish trying to dive at McCoy’s legs during the play.
On the 57-yard touchdown play, McCoy found a hole in the line of scrimmage then benefitted from a great block by Jason Avant. Number 25 jumped in back of Avant and cut back to his right as Lions free safety Delmas overran the play. It was a foot race after that and McCoy turned on the after burners on his way to the end zone.
Delmas is definitely happy he is seeing the last of McCoy for the year.
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