Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/30/11


In case you have been under a rock, a growing issue in the city has been Andy Reid's play calling, especially when it comes to giving carries to LeSean McCoy. People have called radio stations about it. They have written about it. And yes, they have even made t-shirts about it.

While their is no question that McCoy needs to see the ball more, an issue that no one has been talking about is that over the last few weeks McCoy has not been the player he was earlier in the season- and especially not since the McCoy hype really got started.

After racking up 125 yards against Washington and 185 yards against Dallas in back-t0-back weeks, McCoy was the toast of the town. But since he became the most valuable player on the Eagles offense in the eyes of fans and media members, he has not been very effective with the touches he has gotten.

Fans fell in love with McCoy because of his sharp cuts and ability to reverse the field for a big gain. But his dangerous running style has not been producing a consistent running attack, which could be why Reid is reluctant to hand the ball off to McCoy.

Since his two big weeks against Washington and Dallas, McCoy has topped 100 yards only once. In the game that he did- the win over the New York Giants- McCoy got 60 of his 113 yards on the last play of the game. Prior to that, McCoy managed only 53 yards on 22 carries for an average of only 2.4 yards per carry. McCoy gaining the majority of his yardage on one play is not something new.

Last week against New England, 22 of his 31 yards came one on play. Take that play away, and he managed 9 yards on 9 carries. Against Arizona? 29 of his 81 yards on one of his 14 carries. In the Eagles loss to the Chicago Bears, McCoy's 33 yard touchdown run accounted for nearly half of his 71 yards rushing.

In fact, if you take away McCoy's one big run in each of the last 4 games, he has gained only 152 yards on 49 carries- an average of only 3.1 yards per attempt. Of course, McCoy's big runs have been just that- big. He has came through when it counted, and secured the teams only win in the last month with his 60 yard rush in the 4th quarter to run out the clock against New York.

But that does not take away the fact that McCoy might have fallen in love to much with the big time run, and is not the consistent runner he was against Washinton and Dallas. Take away McCoy's longest run against Dallas, and he still averaged over 5 yards a carry. Against Washington, his average was close to 4 yards a carry when you take away his longest rush.

The most telling stat may be this one: According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, McCoy has been either stopped behind the line or for not gain 28 times. That is the 3rd most times in the NFL, behind only Michael Turner and Matt Forte.

What does this mean? That against Seattle, McCoy needs to return to the hard nosed, consistent runner he was against Washington and Dallas. The beautiful cuts and long runs may get him on Sportscenter, but it has not gotten him the ball the last few weeks.

Reid showed against the Redskins and Cowboys that when McCoy is running the ball effectively, he is willing to keep giving it to him. When McCoy is dancing behind the line and consistently being stopped for losses, he's not. It's that simple.

So maybe it is McCoy's fault and his fascination with the home run, and not Reid's stubbornness, that his touches have declined.

Which would be news to media members and t-shirt designers every where.

Follow Buzz on Broad Eagles Beat Writer Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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