Off the Snap: LeSean McCoy ‘fine’ with whichever QB Chip Kelly picks
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• Will it be Michael Vick, Nick Foles or even Matt Barkley lining up at QB for the Eagles when Week 1 rolls around? Running back LeSean McCoy does not have the answer … nor does he have much of an opinion on the matter.
“That’s why they pay Chip Kelly the big bucks, to pick the quarterback,” McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Whoever he picks, I’m fine with. As long as I get my carries, I don’t care who they pick.”
After a 2011 season in which he rushed for 17 touchdowns and was named an All-Pro, McCoy suffered through a dismal 2012. He played in just 12 of the Eagles’ games, failed to reach 1,000 yards and scored all of two rushing touchdowns. Kelly’s arrival could provide a massive boost to those numbers, though Vick’s athleticism would keep the most run plays available, as opposed to the other QBs.
Regardless of Kelly’s eventual choice (money’s on Vick right now), McCoy has to be digging Philadelphia’s coaching change. No matter the QB, McCoy is in line for a big bounceback season.
• Sixteen years after the fact, Bill Parcells admitted that he’s sorry for how he left things in New England following the team’s Super Bowl run in 1996. Parcells and team owner Robert Kraft had a very public fallout, despite Parcells’ on-field success as a head coach at the time.
“I regret leaving New England. Had we done things differently … ” Parcells told USA Today. “I had a good young team there. I hated to leave that team, because I knew what we could do.
“I was absolutely too headstrong. And he might have been a little headstrong, too. I think both Kraft and myself, retrospectively, would have done things a little differently.”
• A quick note here that the NFL Supplemental Draft likely is down a viable prospect. Running back Charles Sims, who would have drawn significant interest in the there as a versatile threat out of the backfield, reportedly has decided to finish out his collegiate career at West Virginia. That news means Sims will not be eligible to join an NFL team until the 2014 draft next April.
• The Redskins, Seahawks, Vikings and Panthers utilized play-action more than any other teams in the league last season. So says Mike Ridley of Football Outsiders, in a recent piece that looks at which offenses utilized that type of misdirection most effectively.
Washington’s offense, with a huge assist from Robert Griffin III, set the curve in terms of a play-action passing success rate. Denver, San Francisco and New England also rated highly, converting play-actions into positive outcomes.
There is no big mystery in any of that preliminary data — Washington, San Francisco, Seattle and Carolina (and Minnesota, to a far lesser extent) all feature mobile, athletic quarterbacks; New England and Denver — with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, respectively — put the onus on their legendary quarterbacks to outread opposing defenses.
• No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel signed his rookie deal over the weekend, shifting the attention now to the Chiefs and No. 1 pick Eric Fisher. And ESPN’s Bill Williamson says that it should not be very long at all until Fisher puts his name on the dotted line in Kansas City.
• The Lions are counting on Riley Reiff this season to replace longtime left tackle Jeff Backus. Reiff jumped into the lineup last year, when the normally durable Backus missed some time due to injury. It was a so-so showing for Reiff in that spot duty, and the Lions spent the early offseason scouting tackles for the draft and contemplating their options along the line.
But when none of the top tackles fell to them in the draft, they opted to give Reiff the full-time job on Matthew Stafford’s blindside. To be better prepared for that assignment in 2013, Reiff is adding weight — he’s up 10 pounds already, per the Detroit Lions’ website.