By Ray Boyd
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — LeSean McCoy joined Ike Reese and Anthony Gargano on The Players Lounge on 94 WIP the day after the Eagles’ heart breaking loss to the Cardinals. McCoy, like all of us, could not help but think about the Eagles’ decision making and execution around the goal line toward the end of the game.
The Eagles came away with a field goal after McCoy and the offense failed to get a first down around the one yard line on 3rd and barely a yard.
The decision to kick the field goal was one of a few of Chip Kelly’s moves that came under fire. Should the team have gone for it on 4th?
Kelly appeared satisfied with his decision to go for three on the grounds that his defense was playing very well in his opinion. However, perhaps the decision to go big was closer to happening than we all thought.
McCoy said on Monday that he thought there was a chance they were going to go for the seven.
“At first I think Chip was going to go for it and then he changed his mind,” McCoy said. He did add that he ultimately thought his coach made the right decision to send the field goal unit onto the field.
The decision to kick the field goal was all wrapped up in with the decision to not challenge whether Chris Polk had actually earned a first down on 2nd down and also the decision to run on 3rd down from out of the shotgun as opposed to with Nick Foles under center.
Hindsight is indeed 20/20, but the entire situation has many questioning Kelly today. It seems that he might have been close to reversing one of those decisions that have come under fire.
McCoy also talked about the Eagles lack of run plays against the Cardinals. They tossed the ball through the air 65 times leading to Foles setting a franchise record for completions in a game. However, McCoy was surprised by the lack of touches.
“They weren’t that great up front like the numbers show,” McCoy said of the Cardinals defense. “I mean they’re a good team. They do a lot of different blitzes and different things to try to slow the running game, but I felt like they were just OK.”
It appears that OK was all the Cardinals needed to keep McCoy from effecting the game to tune of 149 yards like he did in the Eagles previous match up.
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