Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy finally did it. The sixth-year player needed only 47 yards to break Wilbert Montgomery's franchise all-time rushing record mark of 6,538, and he ended up with 50 on Sunday.
It was a bittersweet moment for McCoy. While he earned a nice personal achievement, the Eagles lost to the Seattle Seahawks at home by a score of 24-14.
"[The records] a lot, it is something special," McCoy explained. "I just wish we could have been in a different situation, us winning, me not having a terrible game. It's obviously a great accomplishment but it's hard to enjoy on a day like this."
McCoy's harsh self-assessment is more than fair. His 50 yards against Seattle came on 17 carries, which is a paltry 2.7 average. There were several moments when he inexplicably slipped in the open field with no one near him. He also committed a costly turnover early in the third quarter by fumbling away the ball to give Seattle possession in scoring position. McCoy's fumble against Seattle was his fourth on the season. Only once before has McCoy fumbled four times in one season, and that was back in 2012.
To say McCoy has struggled this season seems a little silly. He's rushed for a total of 1068 yards and four touchdowns. His efficiency is down, however. He is averaging only 4.1 yards per rushing attempt. That mark ranks around 25th out of qualified rushers.
McCoy's struggles against Seattle may have not been helped by the fact he recently suffered a personal loss. According to Birds 24/7, McCoy's cousin recently passed away in a fatal car crash. The Eagles running back was reportedly very close to his cousin; they lived together at one point. This explains why McCoy was excused from the team's Friday practice.
The Eagles are at their best when McCoy is at his. He wasn't on Sunday.
"I just didn't feel focused," said McCoy. "I just didn't feel focused on some of the small stuff that I do well."