LeSean McCoy: NFC Offensive Player Of The MonthBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
After a month of making history, running back LeSean McCoy has been awarded the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award for the month of December. McCoy’s month to conclude the season included numerous franchise records and countless highlights.
In the month of December, McCoy ran the ball 101 times for 598 yards and four touchdowns in five games. He added 18 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown through the air. With 147.6 total yards per game and a 6.2 yards-per-touch average, Shady was unstoppable.
Undoubtedly number 25’s best game came on December 8th in a game that has since been deemed as the “Snow Bowl.” In eight inches of snow, McCoy broke the Eagles franchise record for rushing yards in a game with 217 yards. The previous record, held by Steve Van Buren, was over 60 years old. The game included a 40-yard and a 57-yard touchdown in the second half, touchdowns that helped seal the 34-20 victory in a game that will be remembered by Philadelphia fans for generations.
McCoy’s franchise records didn’t stop there. In the month of December, the former Pitt Panther’s 738 total yards put him at the top of the leader board for the Eagles single-season franchise records in rushing and total yards from scrimmage. Since 1979, Wilbert Montgomery’s 1,512 rushing yards stood atop the list for the Eagles franchise. McCoy’s 1,607 rush yards in 2013 crushed the former record. In addition, Brian Westbrook’s 2007 season was one of the greatest of all-time for an Eagles running back. With 2,104 total yards, Westbrook held the franchise record for total yards for just six years until McCoy’s 2,146 from 2013 broke the record.
The NFL’s rushing title, given to the player with the most rushing yards in the season, will be in Philadelphia for the first time since 1949. McCoy was far ahead of all other NFL running backs and took home the title by a margin of 268 yards over the next leading rusher, Matt Forte. LeSean McCoy was helped by leading the league in rushing attempts, as well, but nobody else in the top 16 averaged the 5.1 yards per carry McCoy piled up – the true stat by which an effective back should be measured.
In just four years and 58 games as a starter, Shady has already catapulted his name into the top ranks of running backs in the league and possible the best running back in the Philadelphia Eagles 80-year history. “There’s always room for improvement,” McCoy says.
In McCoy’s only two playoff games, losses to the Cowboys and Packers in 2009 and 2010, he totaled 115 yards. To ensure he is the best running back in Eagles history, he will have to perform in the postseason like his predecessor, Brian Westbrook did. Westbrook was always a dangerous weapon in postseason play and McCoy has his first big opportunity to do just that this year.
“We’re made for the playoffs,” says McCoy. “Everyone is so excited for us to be here, but we should be here. We prepared to be champions of the division.”
December is over but the Eagles season is far from over. LeSean McCoy rushed for 134 more yards than the entire Saints team. He has a chance to face the 19th ranked rushing defense, allowing 111.6 rushing yards per game, on Saturday night. If the Eagles plan to head to Charlotte in the divisional round, Shady will definitely have to play a big role. He’s admired his season’s accomplishments but he knows better than anyone, the 2013 NFL season is far from over.
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