All offseason long, there was a degree of uncertainty about new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's offense, and how it would work in the NFL. On Monday against the Washington Redskins, LeSean McCoy showed why it will work, and why he's the perfect man to be the star of the offense.
McCoy carried the ball 31 times for 184 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins, helping the Eagles get out to a huge lead in the first half, and hold on to the victory after a Washington rally late in the game.
It's certainly not out of the ordinary to see McCoy perform well in the Philadelphia offense, as he's gone over 1500 total yards from scrimmage in a season twice in his career, and also posted a 20 touchdown season in 2011.
But it's the way that McCoy fits into the new-look offense in Philadelphia that should leave NFL defenses with jaws ajar, and the nation got to see the proof first hand on Monday night.
First, some credit for the big boys up front. The offensive line and the scheme in place opened up massive room for the run. Check out this image tweeted out by Lance Zierlein.
McCoy could choose to go anywhere he wanted thanks to the massive amounts of space available to him, and were the unblocked defensive ends closer to the play, Michael Vick could do the same by keeping the ball.
But McCoy still had to do some of the work on his own once he got the ball and had the space to work. And he did so in spectacular fashion on Monday night.
Check out these GIFs of some of McCoy's moves during the prime-time matchup with Washington, courtesy of Bleacher Report's Jake Silver.
McCoy's moves and quickness led to nine missed tackles on the evening, according to Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus. Stockwell also referred to McCoy's ability in space as "devastating," and watching the clips above, you can see why.
But what was the key to McCoy's success? Let's see what he had to say after the game.
"They were having a hard time lining up, you can tell when a defense is tired." As McCoy stated in the postgame interview, the Redskins just weren't ready for the Eagles when the pace was high.
On the other hand, the Eagles slowed down the pace in the second half to run down the clock, and McCoy admitted that likely had an impact on the lack of continued success into the second half.
If Philadelphia keeps the pace up all season, they will be extremely difficult to stop. Because McCoy has proven he's more than just a system running back in his career to this point, and now he's in a system that fits him perfectly.
McCoy said in the video above that he and his teammates were having fun on Monday night. If the team can keep up this offensive performance all season, the team will be having fun on their way to a playoff berth.
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