McCoy fumbled and ran for 88 yards, 49 in the second half when the game was out if reach.
By Lewis Gould
Maybe Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy should let his legs do the talking because what comes out of his mouth is embarrassing.
Last week he offered the judgment that the 4-12 2012 Eagles were better than the 2-14 Birds, who fell to 7-3 after yesterday’s smackdown by Green Bay.
And yesterday McCoy left the impression that he doesn’t think the Packers, who beat the Eagles 53-20, are a better team than his own.
“No, I don’t think they are a better team than us,” McCoy said. “They were today, and that’s all that matters. I think overall, we are a good team, we just didn’t play like it today.”
Saying the Eagles didn’t play well would be an understatement, as they were outclassed from start to finish in Green Bay, seeing a 17-0 deficit after the first quarter balloon to 30-6 by halftime. Nothing the Eagles tried to do work, as they managed just 15 total yards in the first quarter when the game was still being decided.
“We wanted to win, we didn’t win,” McCoy said. “We got blown out.”
The loss to the Packers dropped the Eagles to 7-3 on the season, an impressive record, but one that has one major caveat — they are just 1-3 against teams with a winning record.
Despite the latest loss to a potential playoff team, McCoy wasn’t ready to sound the alarm.
“It’s a loss. No matter what the score says, it’s a loss,” McCoy says. “We didn’t play like we have been playing lately. We have to get back to winning football.”
With everything going so wrong on the defensive side of the ball, an improved effort from McCoy might not have mattered, but his poor game didn’t help. McCoy finished the game with 88 yards on 23 carries, but 49 of those yards came in the second half when the game was all but over.
The poor day running the ball was nothing new to McCoy, who has struggled throughout this season to get anything going on the ground.
Asked after the loss why the Eagles couldn’t get the ground game going against the 30th ranked run defense in the NFL, McCoy said they weren’t really given the chance.
“I thought we could run the ball on them,” McCoy said. “That was the plan. But with how the game got out of reach, it’s hard to stick to that game plan.”
McCoy had a chance to get the Eagles within striking distance in the first half when he caught a swing pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez. After beating the first defender, McCoy had just one man to beat, but slipped as he tried to juke past him.
“I score if I don’t slip,” McCoy said, who changed his cleats at halftime because of it.
The Eagles now must go back to the drawing board, as they prepare for their next opponent, the Tennessee Titans. The Titans don’t play until Monday night, but even if they do beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, they will come to Philadelphia at just 3-7.
Meaning the Eagles will once again get a chance to get the bad taste out of their mouth from a loss to the playoff team by beating up on a losing one.
“You have to get past it,” McCoy said. “It’s about next week. In this week, it’s always about next week.”