Philadelphia Eagles star running back was presented with the 2014 John Wanamaker award this week, as previously expected. It was just one of many awards that McCoy received during and/or after his impressive 2013 campaign where he led the NFL in rushing yards and total yards from scrimmage. McCoy spoke with reporters after the ceremony and, to no surprise, he's expecting big things for himself again in 2014. Perhaps even another rushing title.
I’m wondering if I get 2,000 yards, can I win it next year?
Before we get carried away here, it should be noted McCoy tends to say things lightly at times. The 2,000 yards comment was probably a case of him both joking and being a little serious at the same time. Either way, LM2K seems a little unlikely in 2014. In the Eagles run-heavy offense last season, McCoy finished with "only" 1,607 yards. The sixth year running back should assume another heavy workload again but the Eagles won't want to burn him out entirely. Offseason trade acquisition Darren Sproles and Chris Polk will both be incorporated in the running game to a lesser extent. Las Vegas currently gives McCoy 5-1 odds of repeating as the NFL's rushing leader.
"Nick, he wants to play, he wants to get better. He’s playing lights-out even in camp, but he still wants to be at a higher level. He’s at that peak where people know him like, ‘Man, this Foles, is he that good?’ Because you see the stats, you see the numbers. I think this is the year he blows ‘em out like, ‘Yeah, I’m Nick Foles. I’m Philadelphia’s quarterback. I’m the guy.’ And this is the year he blows it away."
Sounds like a plan. With Foles eligible for a contract extension after the season, now would be the best time for him to show his 2013 performance wasn't just an aberration.
It goes without saying that Foles and McCoy will be critical to the Eagles offense putting up another top quality performance in 2014.