Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy told the media today that head coach Chip Kelly’s offense is like running a track meet.
“You’re going to need another back in this offense,” McCoy said, per Philadelphia Eagles.com. “This is the kind of offense where it’s not a debate, ‘Oh, I could do it myself,’ because, one, you’re going to do more plays than any other offense, even in practice … For two, the amount of hits. You’re running so much. If you’re faking it or you’re running it, or if it’s a pass or not, you’re constantly going. I think any back, no matter how great of a shape that he’s in, he’s going to need some extra help. I know that, and Bryce (Brown) is good enough that he can play. I think every team has two good backs if you look around the league and I think Bryce is good enough and I’m confident in myself that I think us together will work well. In this offense, you need another back. And don’t be surprised if Chris Polk gets some carries because you’re running so much it’s like a freaking track meet. It’s like a relay, you need extra guys.”
McCoy feels like Kelly’s offense is a good fit for him.
“I think it’s a different offense for sure and I think it fits me,” said MCCoy. “The ability to get me open, in open space and using me in the passing game. It’s creative the way they use the backs, utilizing us in different ways to get us in open space, pick our own holes out, things like that. It’s like a zone read, so everything’s a read, I can go back side, far side, wherever. I think that fits me best.”
McCoy says they’ll be in shape while learning Kelly’s offense.
“Well, for one, we’ll be in shape. I think we’ll be in the best shape in the league for sure,” McCoy said. “Just the fast pace. There’s never a time when we’re breaking. We hustle to working out, lifting weights, everything. Even the meetings are fast. That high tempo, that high pace is a different presence to the defense because you get those 30 seconds of rest, you look to see what personnel they’re bringing in. In this offense, we’re shifting, we’re moving and as soon as you get tackled there’s no celebration after the play, it’s strictly get the next play and let’s go. I think I want to say by the second or third quarter, teams will be tired. As you’ve seen at Oregon, that’s really how they won a lot of their games, by scoring points so fast. As a defense, you don’t really get a chance to adjust because you’re moving so much.”