PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
LeSean McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher and arguably the Eagles best player on offense ran the ball 10 times. People argue about how important running the ball is or not, but forget that for a moment. All we need to focus on here is that the most productive player on the offense was handed the ball the second least amount of times this season. And it's not just because they were getting blown out either. Even with a lead, the Eagles barely ran the ball.
The first drive was three passes and two runs, both of which came on the goal line.
The second drive was five passes and one run.
Third drive was three called passes.
Fifth drive, one pass that was picked.
Sixth drive was actually two runs and one pass, but one of those runs was on 2nd and 16 and went to Chad Hall.
So clearly, they weren't just throwing to catch up. They never even tried to get the NFL's leading rusher into the game. This is something that surprised McCoy and his offensive line.
"I thought I’d touch the ball a little bit more," McCoy said. "I don’t ever judge the calls. We made some plays downfield early so maybe that was the reason why. We just got down real early."
"I think everybody was expecting him to get more carries coming into the game." said center Jason Kelce, "You get down a little bit early, and then you have to start airing it out more just so you can save some of the time on the clock and make some big plays. I think that probably hindered him a little bit and hindered the carries that he was able to get."
I wish I could say it surprised us fans.