Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eagles Eye Rearview Mccoy Believes Philly's Worst Days Are Behind Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eagles Eye Rearview Mccoy Believes Philly's Worst Days Are Behind Team

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Color Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy satisfied.

Four days after interpreting what he witnessed in a 30-17 loss Oct. 28 to the Atlanta Falcons as a lack of pride, he stood confidently in the NovaCare Complex after Thursday's full-contact practice that ran a little longer than usual and said he doesn't expect to be too disappointed the rest of the way, starting with tonight's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Asked if he was confident he wouldn't see any more of what he saw last Sunday, he said: "Yeah, I won't see that. Like I said, with the whole [players-only] meeting [Wednesday], I feel like the attitude is in the right direction, very positive. So I don't think we will have a performance like we did last week."

This was in direct contrast to his sobering statement after falling to Atlanta.

"I didn't see any pride," he said then. "I didn't see any heart. This is the whole team, myself included. We didn't get it done today."

At this stage in his career, four years in and recently satisfied with a long-term contract extension, maybe it will be up to McCoy to impose his will on this team, which has an extraordinarily high number of first- and second-year players on a roster that still hasn't formed an identity.

This is true even of the offense, which employs the bulk of the veteran players, but still not many with more years in the Eagles' system than McCoy. Only tight end Brent Celek, wide receiver Jason Avant and right tackle Todd Herremans have served more time in Philadelphia.

Serving time is what it seems like now for some of the players, who haven't been having too much fun malfunctioning their way to a 3- 4 record.

That includes McCoy, who's averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in his last three games. McCoy rushed for 123 yards in a 19-17 win over the New York Giants on Sept. 30. In the three games since, all losses, he's gained a total of 120 yards on 46 attempts.

Three weekends ago, in an overtime loss to Detroit, coach Andy Reid said he eventually abandoned the run because of too many negative plays.

Last week, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, the Eagles fell too far behind too early against Atlanta.

"We were down, trying to get that thing back within two scores," he said Friday. …

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