If lofty expectations could win you a Super Bowl the Eagles may have won five this year. Expectations go to waste if opportunity is not taken advantage of. The Dream Team had every opportunity (on paper) to be a team capable of doing a lot of damage in 2011. The results have been a 5-8 team that has seen more ups and downs than a Snoop Dogg low rider on hydraulics.
Let’s not forget that the Eagles are mathematically still alive, and the Eagles have made the playoffs with even crazier scenarios.
With all that being said this Eagles team has been full of disappointments. From the lackluster play of “shutdown” corner Nnamdi Asomugha to the TO-esque season cashed in by DeSean Jackson. But one star shines bright amidst the season that was. That star belongs to arguably the best running back in football, the man who doesn’t get the ball enough, the next Barry Sanders…..LeSean McCoy!
McCoy, despite Andy and Marty’s best to keep the ball from him, has quietly emerged as the most dangerous player in the NFL. Through 13 games McCoy has totaled 1, 172 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns, not to mention 45 receptions for 310 yards receiving and 3 more touchdowns.
McCoy is currently 50 yards shy of the being the NFL’s leading rusher, only behind Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew. For a quick comparison Jones-Drew averages 21.3 attempts per game, compared to Shady’s 18.6
McCoy leads the league in rushing touchdowns with 14 (and total touchdowns with 17), runs of 20 plus yards with 13, and 1st down runs, and is third in the league in yards per game. Not to mention Shady has yet to fumble the ball all season! He is also tied for fourth with the most receptions for a running back.
His 17 total touchdowns are the second-highest single-season total in franchise history, trailing only Steve Van Buren’s 18 in 1945. His 14 rushing scores also rank second behind Van Buren’s 15 that same season. In 2011 he also became the first Eagle ever to score a touchdown in the first 5 games of the season.
Now if those are not Pro Bowl numbers than I must be looking in the wrong place. Forget Pro Bowl, we are talking All-Pro when we mention McCoy’s numbers.
Despite all the turmoil and frustration that has surrounded this team McCoy has steadily been a nightmare for defenses to contain. Scampering through front sevens with footwork Barry Sanders would drool over. In only his third season in the NFL Shady has emerged as a leader on and off the field.
Shady is the epitome of a big-play back, with great vision and explosive speed he has become the Eagle’s most dangerous weapon. In order for this offense to reach its full potential McCoy has got to become the vocal point week in and week out.
At only 23 there is no doubt that LeSean “Shady” McCoy will be a bright spot for this Eagles team for many more years to come, no matter how bad the rest of the team may look.
After ranking Shady #8 in BLN's 2011 Best Athlete in Philly list, it seems as if there will be a serious need to reevaluate for 2012.