Eagles' Mccoy Focused on Team Goals Former Pitt Star's 2,000-Yard Goal Secondary to Winning

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Eagles' Mccoy Focused on Team Goals Former Pitt Star's 2,000-Yard Goal Secondary to Winning


Berman, Zach, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


LeSean McCoy started an active Twitter campaign last weekend about his quest for 2,000 rushing yards. It's a lofty goal for any running back, even the NFL's defending rushing champion.

Only seven players in NFL history have eclipsed that benchmark. McCoy's league-leading 1,607 rushing yards came on a career-high 314 carries. In order to reach 2,000 yards with his 2013 rushing average of 5.12 yards per carry, he would need 391 carries.

That's unlikely to happen. McCoy didn't do the math, but he knows the long odds. He admitted the Twitter campaign was, in large part, because of an endorsement campaign for dryer sheets.

"The ball's going to be spread around a lot, so 2,000 is going to be tough," McCoy said. "But I just have fun with it. I let the media and all the fans react to it. The fantasy [football] people."

When coach Chip Kelly was asked whether McCoy could reach 2,000 rushing yards in this offense, he responded with the same apathy that he applied to the weekly depth chart or the hype that a rookie receives.

"I don't care," Kelly said. "I really don't care and he knows that and I've told him that. All we care about is, are we winning football games? We've never been driven by individual statistics and he understands that."

McCoy also said what he's worried about is winning, and he'd be fine with rushing for 50 yards and Nick Foles throwing for 400 yards in a victory. But McCoy sets tangible goals each season. Last year, it was winning the NFC East and reaching 2,000 all-purpose yards. Both were achieved. He has yet to settle on this year's goals.

Even after the best season of McCoy's career, Kelly made it clear that there is much McCoy can improve. In addition to the better shape in which McCoy arrived at training camp, Kelly mentioned improvements in pass protection, route running, and short-yardage plays. He also identified one area that helps make McCoy one of the game's finest rushers. …

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