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Eagles' LeSean McCoy picks up where Westbrook left off

For most of eight seasons, versatile running back Brian Westbrook was a key member of the Philadelphia Eagles' offense. Westbrook and quarterback Donovan McNabb helped Coach Andy Reid enjoy a long, successful run in the NFC East.

The Eagles traded McNabb to the Redskins on Easter, and Westbrook left in free agency after the 2009 season, signing with the San Francisco 49ers. Second-year player LeSean McCoy is the Eagles' new featured back.

McCoy rushed for 637 yards (with a 4.1-yard average) and scored four touchdowns as a rookie last season. He also had 40 receptions for 308 yards while serving as Westbrook's backup.

In three games this season, McCoy has 209 yards rushing and is averaging 6.1 yards per carry with four touchdowns. He has 11 receptions for 62 yards.

As a rookie, McCoy struggled with blitz pick-ups, but he has improved in that key area. "He's a good back," outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "He runs hard, and he's doing a lot to help them."

In the Eagles' 35-32 Week 2 victory over Detroit, McCoy had his first 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 120 yards on 16 carries for a 7.5-yard average. He also scored three touchdowns.

The Redskins definitely plan to account for McCoy in their defensive game plan.

"Both guys are very talented," Coach Mike Shanahan said of Westbrook and McCoy. "Both guys have a lot of ability to make plays and make people miss, obviously. They average a lot of yards per carry.

"I'm very impressed with how he [McCoy] has played. Both of them are great backs. Both of them can do it all. They can catch, they can run. You can have them in base and in nickel. It's a good problem to have."

By Jason Reid  | October 1, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
 
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I have him on my FFL team, dude gets most his yards at the end of the game. take that for what its worth.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

See, RSH and beep, remember what I told ya earlier about these threads?

You gotta give Reid & Co. time to find their groove. For Reid it's right about the time he polishes off the 2nd box of Krispy Kream doughnuts and right after the strawberry milk is taken out the 'frige.

Only after he consumes the two boxes of doughnuts (mixed variety) and drinks about 72 ounces of some sort of flavored milk, only THEN he can get in his zone.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Philadelphia = NERDadelphia

Posted by: monk811 | October 1, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Nerd" isn't a good pejorative for Philly fans. Nerds are highly intelligent but socially inept. Philly fans are the latter but not the former.


Posted by: swowra | October 1, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

How about these changes?

DUMBadelphia
STUPIDdelphia
PEDAFILEadelphia

Was the last one too much?

Posted by: monk811 | October 1, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins definitely plan to account for McCoy in their defensive game plan.

By Jason Reid | October 1, 2010; 10:13 AM ET

They've got tape on him. He doesn't fall down before contact, like Portis, so he'll probably get the ball stripped two or three times Sunday.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Not a fan of Shady he is a BW clone, we sucked against BW. We need to stop a lot of dynamic players on filthy O.

Think we need to direct Shady towards the middle of the field, he is to dangerous on the edges. Really same thing for Djax and Maclin, they both like working the sidelines. The more we keep their offense between the numbers the better off we will be.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 1, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

lmao RedD.... und Prost!

Where did Westbrook land, anyway. Haven't really heard anything about it.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Westbrook is a 49er.

Posted by: swowra | October 1, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

How about these changes?

DUMBadelphia
STUPIDdelphia
PEDAFILEadelphia


May I add

FILTHYdelphia

DEUCHEadelphia

FHUCKAdelphia

[Kiss my]ASSdelphia

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The cowgrilz had Philly's number last year. I'm sure that coach Has studied those games and saw how physical they played these guys on defense. Hopefully the Skins athletes can replicate that physicality.

Posted by: TWISI | October 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The cowgrilz had Philly's number last year.

Posted by: TWISI | October 1, 2010 10:50 AM

Didn't Philly have a different QB last year?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins definitely plan to account for McCoy in their defensive game plan.

By Jason Reid | October 1, 2010; 10:13 AM ET

They've got tape on him. He doesn't fall down before contact, like Portis, so he'll probably get the ball stripped two or three times Sunday.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What does everyone think will transpire if Portis lays and egg on Saturday, and Torain or Williams performs well?

I really don't want to deal with that drama, which is why I'm pulling for Portis to get his stuff together. If not, then the Media is going to be all over it and eventually Portis will say something stupid. And it will be Cirque De Sole in Ashburn as usual.

Posted by: Devo2 | October 1, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

See, RSH and beep, remember what I told ya earlier about these threads?

You gotta give Reid & Co. time to find their groove. For Reid it's right about the time he polishes off the 2nd box of Krispy Kream doughnuts and right after the strawberry milk is taken out the 'frige.

Only after he consumes the two boxes of doughnuts (mixed variety) and drinks about 72 ounces of some sort of flavored milk, only THEN he can get in his zone.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2010 10:39 AM
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See, my money would have been that he only hits his stride after his second coffee (with a little more Jameson in it than the first).

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 1, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

And in scertain partsh of town: SWISHADELPHIA

Posted by: ElYeah | October 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

1. AH: "Everybody thinks we're standing in a long hallway with gun holsters, and we're ready to draw on each other," he said. "But it's nothing like that. We're completely fine. I talk to him. It's very cordial. It's a fine relationship." Sure pal. Suck up $41 M of coin and do squat and everything is "cordial" and "fine"? Heh, heh.

2. Sweaty Palms department. Christ Almighty, Haslett's must be a feckin flood plain by now. Running blitzes on Michael Vick when last week against the lowly Ramsters you had zero success.

3. Clintonic Portis. The mouth is still in all-star shape, the legs and bean, that's something else.

Posted by: EncinoMan | October 1, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I actually think our greatest asset hasn't been explored too much so far.

There's been a ton of talk about McNabb's return - but there hasn't been much talk about how he can exploit their squad. Obviously much of their O has changed w/ the QB switch, but isn't the D essentially the same? While Chunky wasn't studying his own D, I'm sure a decade's exposure has it pretty firmly implanted. Sure to help...

BWestbrook has 6 yards. total.

How many of you CP Haters were clamoring for him? BTW, Gore averaging same as Portis... just sayin' is all.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

CP26 had a 6.2 avg on his carries last week. Not really sure what he needs stuff he needs to get together. We need to control the clock in this game as much as we needed to in the Hou game. Feed the ball to the RBs.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 1, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

If not, then the Media is going to be all over it and eventually Portis will say something stupid.

Posted by: Devo2 | October 1, 2010 10:59 AM

Let me fix that for you:

...regardless of what happens Portis will say something stupid.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

2. Sweaty Palms department. Christ Almighty, Haslett's must be a feckin flood plain by now. Running blitzes on Michael Vick when last week against the lowly Ramsters you had zero success.

Posted by: EncinoMan | October 1, 2010 11:01 AM
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He should back the linebackers off the line and fake more blitzes than he runs. This might mean he has to put a guy with speed in place of Carter, but there are guys on the roster who fit the bill (Wilson?).

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 1, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I hate moral victories...I want a real victory!

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Posted by: PlayAction | October 1, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I like it. Yes, we've got serious matchup probs. But I think McNabb is going to bring his absolute A-game and leave it all on the field. And Vick cannot keep passing this well...can he??

Bold prediction: McNabb runs for more yards than Vick.

HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 1, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 1, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I hate moral victories...I want a real victory!

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Posted by: PlayAction | October 1, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I like it. Yes, we've got serious matchup probs. But I think McNabb is going to bring his absolute A-game and leave it all on the field. And Vick cannot keep passing this well...can he??

Bold prediction: McNabb runs for more yards than Vick.

HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 1, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 1, 2010 11:08 AM

I gotta say that if McNabb runs for more yards than Vick that means we have some serious problems such as receivers not getting open and poor pass protection up front.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 1, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I haven't heard Portis say too much that is stupid. I HAVE heard Portis stupidly say something...

...there's a big difference.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Too many guys up here drinking Kool-Aid. We ain't there yet, and we ain't even half way there yet:

Eagles 31
Redskins 13

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I gotta say that if McNabb runs for more yards than Vick that means we have some serious problems such as receivers not getting open and poor pass protection up front.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 1, 2010 11:11 AM

Or it means that nerd Vick ran for 2 yards.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 1, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

CP26 had a 6.2 avg on his carries last week. Not really sure what he needs stuff he needs to get together.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 1, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

??!?!

Nice selective stat-keeping, there. Was your last job at Enron?

CP has one single 27-yard run. Against the Rams. AND he dives on the turf at the end...and now suddenly CP's running woes are behind him?

Take away the 27 yard run and CP's line from the Rams game is 6 carries for 17 yards and less than 3 ypc.

That's right around his average for the last year and a half.

So if you don't think that CP still needs to get his ish together, you're being a dope...or maybe CP's jock is blocking your view of the screen and you can;t see the rest of the stats...could be either one...

Posted by: p1funk | October 1, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Too many guys up here drinking Kool-Aid. We ain't there yet, and we ain't even half way there yet:

Eagles 31
Redskins 13

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 11:13 AM

Skins cover the spread.

Eagles 20
Redskins 17

Posted by: TWISI | October 1, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I haven't heard Portis say too much that is stupid. I HAVE heard Portis stupidly say something...

...there's a big difference.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 11:13 AM

Here's an example of where he stupidly said something stupid: "All the female reporters wanna do is come in the lockerroom and look at our packages."

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | October 1, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It goes both ways. Take away his 3 yard loss due to a very porous line and he has 47yds on 6 carries, 7.8 yd avg. Looking pretty fine if you ask me.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 1, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Eagles 37
Redskins 6


Eagles cover the -6.5 spread... total is at 43.... done.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully LeSeaon McCoy does NOT pick up where Westb left off, b/c if so he's gonna torch us for about 170 yards from scrimmage a couple TDs.

Speaking of Westbrook, I bet his peeved he didn't sign w/Skins. I bet he would have made the roster and would be receiving at least 10 touches a game for us at this point...maybe more.

Posted by: p1funk | October 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I gotta say that if McNabb runs for more yards than Vick that means we have some serious problems such as receivers not getting open and poor pass protection up front.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 1, 2010 11:11 AM

Or it means that nerd Vick ran for 2 yards.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 1, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Exactly- or it means that McNabb went into Beast Mode. Or it means we knocked the convict out, which is what I'd like to see. I almost never root for a player to get hurt but can't say I'd lose a second of sleep if we snapped that pun's leg.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Westbrook, I bet his peeved he didn't sign w/Skins. I bet he would have made the roster and would be receiving at least 10 touches a game for us at this point...maybe more.

Posted by: p1funk | October 1, 2010 11:29 AM

I bet he's happy where he is. The 49er's were willing to pay more than the Redskins and that's why he went there. And, with no touches, guy will extend his life in the league.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

If not, then the Media is going to be all over it and eventually Portis will say something stupid.

Posted by: Devo2 | October 1, 2010 10:59 AM

Let me fix that for you:

...regardless of what happens Portis will say something stupid.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

This is unfortunately true. Touche

Posted by: Devo2 | October 1, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Eagles 37
Redskins 6

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2010 11:28 AM

Thanks Red...I'm not watching the game now.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

bb, is that a quote? I don't think so. You're mis-quoting and therefore just wrong.

He said out of 53 naked guys she [Sainz] probably found one of them attractive. Is that stupid? Sounds more like accurate.

Stupid for him to say it, of course... And he apologized... for saying it.

________________
source: http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/09/14/clinton-portis-weighs-in-on-ines-sainz-incident-female-reporter/

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

If there was ever a time for coach Solwik to earn his keep, it is now!!!

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/10/01/lightly-tapping-the-brakes-on-the-vick-hype-train/

Two analysts that closely watched Vick's performance against the Jaguars says to calm down just a bit.

Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders points out (via Philly.com's Movin' the Chains) that Vick's has remained inefficient and erratic at times. Vick has made gorgeous highlight reel throws, but also had stretches of wildness. The quality of defensive backfields he's started against (Jacksonville and Detroit) are a huge factor in his favor.

ESPN's Ron Jaworski broke down Vick's tape and had similar thoughts on PTI Thursday: "I'd like to see a little more consistency," he said.

The good news for Vick: The schedule doesn't get tougher. The Redskins secondary has been awful the last two weeks, and the next decent pass defense Philly faces is Tennessee in Week Seven. The rest of the schedule looks rather forgiving as well.

Vick has come a long way and he's already one of most fun players in the league to watch again. But he's got room to improve as continues to get more reps in Reid's offense.

Posted by: TWISI | October 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Eagles 37
Redskins 6


Eagles cover the -6.5 spread... total is at 43.... done.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2010 11:28 AM

Very attainable...

Posted by: swalker5 | October 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Snyder

While we appreciate your efforts to find the next franchise quarterback for the Redskins, we feel compelled to caution against auditioning Michael Vick for this role. We have reason to believe that his numerous character flaws will continue to severely outweigh any potential short-term gain that you might receive in ticketing or merchanise sales should you decide to sign yet another castoff quarterback from the Philadelphia franchise.

As you might appreciate from your continuing saga with Albert Haynesworth, past returns are no guarantees of future performance when it comes to dealing with other teams for their trade bait, or even in signing overpriced free agents available out there on the open market.

If, however, you still feel compelled to deal in players from the Eagles, you might want to take a close look at their running back. Clearly, the Redskins have a need for someone (anyone) who can play this position and by most accounts, this guy is the real McCoy.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Posted by: Vic1 | October 1, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

BB - Westbrook is happy??!! He has 3 touches for 6 yards TOTAL. That's happy?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Red, you wanna give me 31 points? How about half of that? 15 and a hook seems fair if you're predicting a blowout.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

PEDAFILEadelphia

Was the last one too much?

Posted by: monk811 | October 1, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

i think pedophiladelphia works much better

Posted by: notthecrochunter | October 1, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Beeps

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@RedDMV,
not only did i live in Stank Pete, but I worked at Ferg's sports bar across the street from the trop. let me tell you friend there is no economy in St. pete to afford a baseball team. if you are not in elderly care or lawn service you probably aren't working. more than 33% of the demograph of adults 22-45 years of age are addicted to crack (no lie) and across the bridge in Tampa where the economy is slightly better no one wants to cross the bridge and come to St. pete. when I was there the only time that ballparki got close to half full was when the sox or yankees were in town. thyere are alot of transplants in the area. unless the ownership group has money to burn I don't see the Rays in St. petersburg longer than anothyer five years. now i'm gonna go back and actually read this article

Posted by: nflorida1 | October 1, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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