LeSean McCoy could be the heart and the soul of the Philadelphia Eagles team. Averaging 5.5 yards per carry this season, he has matured exponentially each season since he was drafted by Eagles in 2009. For some reason, the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff does not seem to realize this.
Twelve games into the season, Philadelphia is ranked second in the league in rushing yards per game with 157.1. While this stat includes Michael Vick's rushing totals, they have been able to keep within the top 2 since Michael Vick was injured a couple of weeks ago. The Eagles are also currently averaging 5.5 yards per attempt as a team, ranked #1 in the NFL. Again, while this includes Vick's numbers, the picture becomes clearer once you examine the attempts. While ranking within the top 2 of the NFL in Rushing yards and average per carry, Philadelphia ranks 8th in rushing attempts per game, which includes Michael Vick's attempts as well.
As a rusher, McCoy is averaging 17.9 carries per game. To put that in perspective, Adrian Peterson is averaging 18.6 attempts per game currently, and Frank Gore is averaging 18.7 per game. During his 1.7k yard season, Adrian Peterson averaged 22.7 attempts per game. While increasing his attempts by only one or two per game would not do much, giving McCoy four or five more attempts per game could potentially put the Eagles over the top. It could also potentially erase a mistake made by Michael Vick, as well as prevent future ones if defenses had to constantly blitz the Eagle's offense in order to stop the run.
To put things into perspective, when the Eagles faced New England two weeks ago, Vince Young threw the ball 48 times. Not even this tells the whole story; any one of the six times Vince Young rushed the ball could have been a pass play where VY decided to run instead of pass. The Philadelphia Eagles, with LeSean McCoy averaging over 5 yards per carry, decided VY throwing the ball fifty-plus times and McCoy rushing only ten times would somehow win them the game.
The Philadelphia Eagles could find success switching to a run-first offense now. When LeSean McCoy has 20 or more attempts per game, the Eagles soar with a 3-1 record. When he rushes for under 20 attempts per game, they are an astounding 1-7. Their only victory came opening day against St Louis, where, with only 15 attempts, McCoy rushed for 150 yards, an 8.1 average, and a touchdown.