SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- LeSean McCoy was fine as long as the Philadelphia Eagles were winning games. Sure, his own numbers were down, but as he put it, winning a rushing title last season didn’t buy the Eagles a win in the playoffs.
On Sunday, McCoy had another tough day running the ball. Working behind a patchwork offensive line, McCoy had just 17 yards on 10 carries. The difference in his demeanor, though, was caused by the outcome. Unlike last week, when he gained just 22 yards in a victory, the Eagles lost this time.
“It sucks,” McCoy said after the 26-21 loss to the 49ers. “I thought we were going to win this game. There are so many plays that we could have made, but we didn’t. I thought we were going to pull it off like usual, especially getting down there at the 2-yard line.”
The Eagles drove 90 yards in the fourth quarter. That left them 1 yard short of a game-winning touchdown. For three weeks, the Eagles erased first-half deficits with strong second-half comebacks. Not this time.
“We are not getting it done,” McCoy said. “Not executing. We will watch this tape and learn from this and move on.”
McCoy said he was “embarrassed” and said he didn’t want to discuss the running game. Last week, despite the low production, coach Chip Kelly kept calling running plays. On Sunday, McCoy has just 10 carries. Darren Sproles had only one. But then, the Eagles weren’t able to keep drives alive. They ran just 56 offensive plays.
“We had the ball enough,” McCoy said. “We didn’t do anything with it.”
Asked if he was healthy, McCoy gave a curious answer.
“I doesn’t matter,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m healthy or not. We have to win games. I am fine.”
McCoy was evaluated for a concussion during the Washington game and was cleared to play. He had a toe injury late in the preseason, but has said that wasn’t bothering him. Still, he hasn’t looked as quick to the hole as he did last year. Of course, that may be because the holes haven’t been as reliable as they were last season.
“We couldn’t get anything going,” Kelly said. “It was very tough sledding for anybody in there. Running the football is a cooperative deal. It’s got to be everybody. We just didn’t get it done.”