Eagles RB Coach Acknowledges He Too Might Like to See Shady Concede Every Now and Then

Eagles RB Coach Acknowledges He Too Might Like to See Shady Concede Every Now and Then

It's curious how some athlete's greatest physical gifts can also expose their greatest flaws. Sometimes you just have to take the good with the bad.
Consider the case of LeSean McCoy -- whose total value blew every other running back's out of  the water as determined by Football Outsiders' DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) rankings -- and his penchant for trying to always make something out of, at times, even less than nothing.
One of the most entertaining aspects of McCoy's game comes from his ability to appear dead-to-rights five yards behind the line of scrimmage and yet still find away to eke out positive yardage. ProFootballFocus named Shady the seventh most elusive rusher in the league last season, but that stat only accounts for a "runner's success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers," thus its unclear how often his backfield antics were calculated. Regardless, we can all agree the guy has a knack for getting out of trouble.
The only problem is that the same skill set that makes him so adept at avoiding trouble also makes him prone to losing yardage.

In short, while he's certainly adept at getting back to the line, he was also caught on plenty of occasions last year. Just as his broken-play cutbacks would sometimes work in his favor, there were other times when his improvisation would result in a loss of yardage, as even his skills couldn't elude the barrage of defenders who had him trapped. 
Like plenty of Eagles fans who admire his talents, but wish he would just chalk up a play for a meager, rather than large, loss in certain instances, Eagles running back coach Ted Williams recently explained to the Daily News' Rich Hoffman McCoy's thought process:

“Because he can, he thinks he can all the time,” Williams said.

In short, it's the idea that McCoy is still learning what its like to play from week-to-week in the NFL. Against some schemes or personnel packages, his improvisation will work, but against the league's top defenses, as Williams puts it:

 "The toughest thing for a guy to realize in the NFL...is dealing with what happens to you when the other guy is good."

“The really good running backs are willing to take zero. When you’re young, you think you can make a big play out of every play. That’s kind of where he is. He’s not, per se, not willing to run it up in there -- he just thinks he can make a play out of every play."

Williams says it's his job to help Shady learn when to let his talents to take over and when to simply accept that the play has failed, a topic they talk about "constantly."
Though it's a shortcoming, there are few out there, the Eagles included, who see it as such a problem that it diminishes his value. This issue is simply part of the learning curve for a running back. It's also part of what makes Shady Shady.
>>> What McCoy Still Has To Learn [DN]

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's three-goal third period as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell also scored to help Montreal improve to 7-0-1. Carey Price made 29 saves to win for the fourth time in four starts this season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots.

With the scored tied 1-1, Pacioretty got the go-ahead goal at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. Blown coverage by the Lightning left the Canadiens' captain all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only NHL team still undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Crosby's late goal gives Penguins win over Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored -- each getting his third of the season -- to help the Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.

Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel added a power-play goal to cap the scoring 32 seconds later.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game.

Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, and Halak finished with 31 saves (see full recap).

Streaking Red Wings win marathon shootout vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek (see full recap).