LeSean McCoy ran the ball 31 times in the Eagles' season opener against the Redskins on Monday night. It was quite the contrast to the way he was used under Andy Reid in the last few seasons, when one of the criticisms was that he didn't get the ball enough.
But with Shady's speed and the tempo first-year head coach Chip Kelly is rocking with, it's to be expected that McCoy is going to have a much larger role in what Philly does offensively. Just maybe not to the tune of 31 carries. McCoy made it clear to Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com that he wasn't knocking his new coach, who allows him the freedom to check in and out of packages as he sees fit.
Shady was actually just talking up Bryce Brown, who a lot of people believe could be a starter in this league.
“I didn’t mind it Monday night,” McCoy said, via PhillyMag.com. “I think we can do a better job rotating because it’s a long season. I don’t think I need to have the ball 31, 32 times in a game for us to be a successful offense. We have too many different weapons. I think the running backs we have here can definitely play. Bryce Brown showed you last year he’s definitely a talented back. So I think we have to do a better job of monitoring the reps.”
Brown had only nine carries for 25 yards Monday against the Redskins. Look for that to change going forward.