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Running back LeSean McCoy has started two games in place of Brian Westbrook this season due to injury and in those games McCoy has rushed 31 times for 166 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. In fact, McCoy is second among all NFL rookies with 294 rushing yards in 2009. He's on pace for 672 yards this season which would break the Eagles rookie rushing record currently held by Correll Buckhalter, who had 586 yards in 2001.

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Flying Dutchman
QUOTE (Eagles_News_Bot @ Nov 5 2009, 02:19 PM) *
Running back LeSean McCoy has started two games in place of Brian Westbrook this season due to injury and in those games McCoy has rushed 31 times for 166 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. In fact, McCoy is second among all NFL rookies with 294 rushing yards in 2009. He's on pace for 672 yards this season which would break the Eagles rookie rushing record currently held by Correll Buckhalter, who had 586 yards in 2001.


http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/Sto...?STORY_ID=19301


First I like McCoy and and have always liked Westbrook and Buckhalter. But the fact is that the only reason these guys set any team rushing records is because they play in a 16 game season. Back in his rookie year in 44, Steve Van Buren played in 9 games in the then, 10 game season and only started 6 of them. Still in 80 rushing attempts he averaged 5.6 yds per carry and totaled 444 yds which in a 16 game season like today would be 710 yds. IMHO all these records today are really funky and phoney because they rest heavily on the number of games played to exceed the real stars we have had. In case you think the Flying Dutchman would have worn out trying to play 16 games remember he was bigger than Westbrook, as fast as DeSaun Jackson (known for his Olyimpic speed and sometimes called "Supersonic Steve") and played both ways D and O in his entire career. ac6.gif
patrock
QUOTE (Flying Dutchman @ Nov 6 2009, 10:31 PM) *
First I like McCoy and and have always liked Westbrook and Buckhalter. But the fact is that the only reason these guys set any team rushing records is because they play in a 16 game season. Back in his rookie year in 44, Steve Van Buren played in 9 games in the then, 10 game season and only started 6 of them. Still in 80 rushing attempts he averaged 5.6 yds per carry and totaled 444 yds which in a 16 game season like today would be 710 yds. IMHO all these records today are really funky and phoney because they rest heavily on the number of games played to exceed the real stars we have had. In case you think the Flying Dutchman would have worn out trying to play 16 games remember he was bigger than Westbrook, as fast as DeSaun Jackson (known for his Olyimpic speed and sometimes called "Supersonic Steve") and played both ways D and O in his entire career. ac6.gif

on the other hand, they DID have a much larger percentage of running plays back then. 424 rushing attempts to 136 passing attempts in 1944.
Flying Dutchman
QUOTE (patrock @ Nov 7 2009, 07:13 AM) *
on the other hand, they DID have a much larger percentage of running plays back then. 424 rushing attempts to 136 passing attempts in 1944.


True dat! As a result teams stacked the line more in order to stop the run. There was little distraction from the possibility that a team would pass. Still despite the preponderance of runs the rookie Dutchman only got 80 of those carries versus the 129 that Bucky had for example. With those 80 he racked up 444 yds versus Buck's 586 and a ypc of 5.6 versus Buck's 4.5. Do we really expect McCoy to exceed a 5.6 avg over the entire season? Look I would love to see it. It just gets to me how easily some writers and fans overlook the seriously good accomplishments done before their time and hence they quickly disregard their value. One of my favoriteexamples is Pete Pihos our All-Pro, HOF, TE who led the NFL in receptions in his last three years, 53, 54 and 55. If those 63/60/62 catch seasons were prorated to today's 16 game seasons he would have been averaging around 82 per year BEFORE the game went Andy-, I mean Pass happy! How do you think the kids today would look at a hard hitting, ferocious blocking TE who had glue for fingertips and looked for defenders to crush when he had the ball. Hell, way back then he still averaged 15.1 yards per catch for his entire career. Not too shabby, methinks. ac6.gif
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