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]

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

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There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In 11 big-league seasons — all with the Phillies — Ruiz has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage and has been lauded for his game-calling abilities. This season, the 37-year-old is batting .261 with a .368 OBP, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

(More coming...)

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

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HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.