McCoy becomes first Eagle to score a TD in each of first nine games of season

Posted: November 14, 2011

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy broke Steve Van Buren's team record that lasted more than six decades, but he wasn't too happy after Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field.

McCoy's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave him a touchdown in each of the nine games this season for the sputtering, 3-6 Eagles. Van Buren set the record in 1947.

"It's tough to enjoy a thing like that after the season we're having, especially since the Eagles are not used to losing," McCoy said.

In the fourth quarter, when the Eagles were outscored by 14-3, McCoy had no receptions and two carries for 1 yard. "Late in the game, we are not going for the jugular and finishing the game in the right way," McCoy said.

McCoy rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries (5.8 average). He also caught three passes for 12 yards, which meant he wasn't exactly overworked.

"I don't worry about that," he said about his relatively light workload. "It's not tough. They gave me screens, kept me in the loop, kept me in the game," he said. "Since I've been here, the backs get around 14 carries with a couple of catches, and it all works out."

This season he has rushed for 906 yards (5.5 average) and 10 touchdowns. It's the most rushing yards by an Eagle in the first nine games.

McCoy's 10 rushing touchdowns are the most by an Eagle since Ricky Watters had 13 in 1996.

In addition, McCoy became one of just four NFL players since 1960 to score in each of the first nine games. The others were Lenny Moore in 1964, O.J. Simpson (1975), and George Rogers (1986).

But with all the impressive statistics, McCoy was called for a costly penalty on the Eagles' final drive. On third and 10 from the Eagles' 42-yard line, McCoy was penalized for holding with 41 seconds remaining. On the next play, Michael Vick was intercepted by A.J. Jefferson.

"That holding call, that is not playing up to my performance," he said.

One thing McCoy insists is that the team is not coming apart, despite the fact that wide receiver DeSean Jackson was deactivated by coach Andy Reid for missing a meeting and that the Eagles continue to suffer fourth-quarter meltdowns.

When asked about Reid, who has received his share of heat this season, McCoy was clearly in his coach's corner.

"We love him to death. He's a fair coach, a good coach," McCoy said. "He's not out there missing tackles, missing blocks, not making the right reads - that is the players. You can't fault him for something like that. Andy has been a good coach here."


Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225, mnarducci@phillynews.com, or @sjnard on Twitter.

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