One of Andy Reid’s biggest criticisms was his underuse of running back LeSean McCoy. In Chip Kelly’s new up-tempo run heavy offense that wasn’t considered to be a problem. In Monday night’s win over the Washington Redskins he carried the ball 31 times for 184 yards, a touchdown and he caught a pass for 5 yards.
Fantasy owners were hoping for these kind of numbers for McCoy in Kelly’s offense. The problem might be that McCoy thinks it is too much and he wants to get less touches and carries potentially.
“I didn’t mind it Monday night,” McCoy said, via Philly Mag: Birds 24/7. “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 didn’t do well in the opener carrying the ball 9 times for 25 yards, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. That looks like a fluke bad game compared to his rookie season stats where he rushed 115 times for 564 yards and a 4.9 yard per carry average.