IRVING, Texas – Even though the season has been a struggle for Philadelphia’s offense this season, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is not about to gloat entering Sunday’s game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles score only 16.6 points per game, which is tied for 29th in the NFL, but Ryan saw what happened to his defense up in Philly last year, especially with running back LeSean McCoy.
In Philadelphia’s decisive 34-7 win on Oct. 30, 2011, McCoy ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.
“To me that’s the best back in football,” Ryan said. “I really believe that. “I think he’s tremendous. He’s so talented. He’s got vision everywhere. He’s so quick. And I think (offensive coordinator Marty Morninwheg) is the only guy probably that can stop him because that guy is phenomenal. So if they don’t give it to him, that’s a good thing. But he’s super talented.”
McCoy is 10th in the league in rushing with 623 yards on 146 carries with two touchdowns. In the Eagles’ three wins this season, McCoy has had at least 20 carries and 81 yards. In their five losses he has averaged 15.6 carries.
Ryan wanted to make it clear he wasn’t taking a shot at Morninwheg.
“They’re still getting 400 yards a game like they always do,” Ryan said. “The ball’s been bouncing crazy ways this season. This team is usually No. 1 in the red zone. They’re No. 1 in offense and so that’s the job Marty Morninwheg does and Andy Reid. And thos guys are fantastic. No disrespect, trust me. Nothing but respect.”