The first quarter of the season is over and the Eagles are on pace for a 12-4 record. They are also on pace to see last season’s MVP put up even more stellar numbers. Last season McCoy amassed 1,309 yards on the ground to go along with 315 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns. This season the touchdowns are way down at just one through the first four weeks, but he is on pace for 1,536 rushing yards and 236 receiving yards. Eventually the touchdowns will come with that kind of production. Eagles fans have to be thrilled with the type of production and consistency he has shown already this season.
McCoy’s biggest criticism comes from his supposed inability to break tackles and convert short yardage downs. This could not be further from the truth. Last season he had 29 carries on third and fourth downs, and he converted 19 of those for first downs and touchdowns. That is a 65 percent success rate on the critical downs. This season he is off to an equally good start, converting three of his six third and fourth down carries for first downs.
Another aspect of McCoy’s game that experts don’t seem to take notice of enough is his ability to finish out games in the fourth quarter. Once that final quarter begins he turns into the team’s closer. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry on 56 rushes last season with 16 of those carries going for either a first down or a touchdown. It was his highest yards per carry mark in any quarter last season.
This season it has been more of the same for McCoy in the fourth, except he has turned it up a bit this season. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry in the fourth quarter with 11 of those carries going for a first down or touchdown. There is something about the fourth quarter that brings out the best in him. Just when the defense starts to tighten up in close games, especially this season, McCoy has been a monster.
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg are starting to realize just how important LeSean McCoy is to the success of the Eagles. Since McCoy was drafted back in 2009, the Eagles are 10-1 when he gets at least 20 carries. The lone loss came in the Eagles first meeting with the Giants when Michael Vick was knocked out of the game.
McCoy just gets better as the game goes on and needs to be a big part of this offense. He takes the pressure off of Vick and brings balance to a very potent offense. As long as they keep feeding him the ball his numbers will continue to get better and the team will continue to have success.