2012 NFL Debate: Would LeSean McCoy Benefit from Philly Adding a Backup?

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIMay 11, 2012

Name five running backs better than LeSean McCoy. You can't. 

The Philadelphia Eagles superstar scored 20 touchdowns in 2011, more than any player had amassed in a single season since DeAngelo Williams had 20 of his own in 2008. McCoy can run between the tackles and catch balls out of the backfield. He brings a versatility to Andy Reid's offense that has no equal in the league.

But could he benefit from a little extra help?

The short shelf life of NFL running backs has been well-documented, so would the Eagles be wise to bring in a suitable option to spell the Pro Bowler from time to time? Distributing backfield duties among two or even three players is an NFL fad that has held steady over the last 10 years or so. Would such an arrangement benefit the Eagles at the expense of occasionally pulling their best player off the field?

National Lead Writer Dan Levy and I break down Shady's situation and wonder if two heads truly would be better than one in the Eagles' backfield. Drink us in through our dazzling visual medium and leave your own thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for watching.