Why Eagles Must Commit to Running the Ball to Win Games
The Philadelphia Eagles cannot seem to get anything right these days. It's amazing they caught their flight to New Orleans.
As a person who has made a few mistakes, I feel that I understand what the Eagles are going through. Therefore, I will help them through this turbulent time with a little advice that helped me years ago.
Run the ball.
And then run it again.
Like every high school relationship you've ever been in, it only works when you commit completely. In this case, Philly must commit to running the football at least 30 times a game.
In the Eagles' three wins, they had at least 30 rushing attempts. Considering they were 3-4 heading to New Orleans, I'll allow you the privilege of guessing the rest.
Numbers aside, let's break down the reasons why Philly needs to run the damned ball.
Because the Eagles have LeSean Freaking McCoy
Don't overcomplicate it. LeSean McCoy is pretty good.
Over 3.5 seasons, McCoy has averaged 4.6 yards per game. And if you subtract the 2012 season, he only fumbled four times in 632 carries. That's an effective way to pick up first downs and hold onto the ball.
There's a reason why so many people picked McCoy within the first two picks of their fantasy drafts.
He's pretty good.
So give him the ball.
It will Slow Down the Pass-Rushers
Michael Vick is not a completely inept quarterback. But as Jon Gruden pointed out, no quarterback can complete passes from his back. The offensive line has had a ton of trouble keeping people from picking on its signal-caller.
Just look at the Saints game. Vick was hit five times on his first nine dropbacks.
That's not good.
Having to worry about LeSean McCoy gashing the line will keep those pass-rushers from teeing off on Vick. Or if they continue to run upfield, McCoy will be even more effective.
The Passing Game is an Absolute Mess Right Now
Vick has been incredibly inconsistent with his throws this year, although much of that probably has to do with the line. But even when he does everything right, things still aren't clicking.
Check out the New Orleans interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. Vick hit Brent Celek in the hands and the ball bounced directly to Patrick Robinson, who promptly ran it 99 yards to the end zone.
Sometimes, things are out of whack and just can't be fixed right away. Running the ball more and passing less will take the pressure off and let the passing develop organically.
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