Westbrook's Take: Kelly stopped McCoy

Westbrook's Take: Kelly stopped McCoy

December 17, 2013, 10:00 am
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Plenty of numbers stood out in the Eagles' loss to Minnesota on Sunday, but one concerning stat was LeSean McCoy's eight carries (see story).

That's the lowest carry total of the season for the league's top rusher, and the first time he'd been held under ten carries since Oct. 2, 2011.

"[The Vikings] did not stop LeSean McCoy because he averaged 4.8 yards per carry," Eagles analyst Brian Westbrook said on Monday's edition of "Philly Sports Talk" on Comcast SportsNet. "Chip Kelly stopped LeSean McCoy."

It's not unreasonable to attack the Vikings through the air. Minnesota was the NFL's 31st-ranked pass defense entering Sunday. Nick Foles threw a season-high 48 passes -- completing 30 -- for 428 yards and three touchdowns. 

"Nick Foles did not have his best day and when your quarterback doesn't have his best day, you're kind of struggling," Westbrook said. "That's when you have to make that adjustment, that's why you have to say, 'We were coming here and we wanted to throw the ball down the field. Now, let's hand the ball off to our best player, give him some chances.'"

McCoy was still productive with his 38 yards and 4.8 yards per carry, but he still had to get the chance to elevate his game like he did against Detroit a week before.

"I don't care what he did in the first quarter, second quarter or third quarter," Westbrook said. "Fourth quarter, that's when that offensive line digs in."

Westbrook offered a simple solution for McCoy -- speak up to the coaching staff and remind them he needs to rush the ball more than eight times.

"He wants to carry the ball, and the coaches know that, but he has to let someone know," Westbrook said. "It's not really his job to do that, but at the same time, the coaches have to see their best player is not touching the football."

Since 2010, the Eagles are 16-2 in games that McCoy gets 20 or more carries, and 15-27 when he gets fewer.