Here's LeSean McCoy getting beat on a pass protection assignment as he tries to pass-block New England linebacker Pierre Woods, during first half action at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia back on August 13, 2009 (pre-season game)....but thankfully, according to latest anlysis by Pro Football Focus, McCoy has improved greatly in this category since then...
Give credit to Pro Football Focus.... they have isolated stats on pass-pro by running backs in the NFL...
That's a big deal to a layman fan like me...
Running backs. They break tackles. They juke defenders out of their shoes. They push the pile. They catch the ball...
Sometimes, though, as NFL writer Khaled Elsayed says, what they do doesn’t leave a mark. Sure, there’ll be the odd bone-jarring hit that makes those highlight reels, but more often than not, there’s an element of back play that gets lost in the chatter:
Blitz pick up. And pass-protecton assignments...
How efficient have the backs around the league been when left in to pass-protect ?
We’ll begin with which backs are staying in the most often. Giants fans will probably expect Ahmad Bradshaw to feature prominently in this argument... and rightly so, given the ferocity with which he attacks rushers. No back stayed in as much as Bradshaw, who was kept in on 36.72% of the passing plays he blocked on... It meant he had one more block than Darren McFadden, and two more than Cadillac Williams (the Bucs apparently didn’t trust LeGarrette Blount to stay in)...
Here’s a list of the 15 backs who stayed in to pass protect on the most plays (note: chip blocks aren’t counted as pass blocks):
Pass Blocking Snaps, Running Backs, Top 15, 2010:
|Rank||Name||Team||Pass Blocking Snaps|
As you can see, McCoy is being asked to do a lot more than running and catching the football. But that's the NFL game--- you need to be competent in more than one or two disciplines in order to excel.
The biggest question by far about Eagles RB LeSean McCoy in 2009 was his ability to handle pass protection. He rarely was asked to do it in college at Pitt, whose coaches taught a cut-block technique that the Eagles do not coach their backs to use. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg implored McCoy to work on pass protection over the 2010 offseason, and the work appears to have paid off. McCoy looked markedly improved in this area through the 2010 season... and his added muscle bulk from the offseason also helped a lot (as our own GK Brizer had advised he should accomplish by "hitting the weights")... McCoy can now better stand up to power rushers, who previously had success bulldozing him in his limited chances on third downs as a rookie. The coaches simply did not trust him in that capacity in 2009, and the team offense suffered after Brian Westbrook, who had excelled in that area, was lost for most of the stretch run.
I find it fascinating that we now have stat-keepers who track the number of times a running back has to pass-protect in a game...and actually record his success-rate.
Here are the top 15 NFL running back pass-pro guys based on "Pass Blocking Efficiency"....
Pass Blocking Efficiency, Running Backs, Top 15, 2010:
|Rank||Name||Team||Pass Blocking Snaps||Pressures||PBE|
Maybe it's not fair to McCoy to be judged against the above list, considering that many of his pass-pro assignments occur with Michael Vick at QB in the pocket...and Vick prematurely running out of it. Let's face it, Vick with a slow-read trigger in the pocket is a pass-pro pressure waiting to happen. Of course, McCoy could not be held accountable for a "pressure" on Vick if Starship 7 lingers too long on a read and then decides to high-tail it out of Dodge... but statisticaly, McCoy will be charged with a "pressure"... And that kind of statistical interpretation definitely skews the ratings.
So I won't overreact to McCoy's not being included in Pro Football Focus' top Pass Blocking Efficiency (PBE) group for 2010... But knowing what we know about McCoy's overall improvement as a pass-blocker in 2010... and about Mike Vick's "escapability effect" on the PBE ratings.... I'd have to say the Eagles are pretty satisfied with the pass-pro improvement made by a bigger and wiser Shady McCoy in 2010-2011...
And understanding a little more about a running back's role in pass-pro, maybe some of us layman posters should lay off the acid-tongue criticism of the Eagles' offensive line... Obviously, successful pass-pro has a lot more variables to account for than just the OL...
The funny thing is Osi's hypocrisy...He claims Shady is acting like a woman because Shady took his remarks off the field...And the Osi does the same thing by calling Shady a woman and "Lady Gaga" in the same interview!...You can't make dishes up!....
Osi claimed that he wouldn't give any credibility to Shady's remarks, calling him a "nobody"...He said he would listen if it was a guy like Michael Vick, Jason peters, or Andy Reid...but not Shady...
And Shady called Osi "soft"! And he is soft which makes it even funnier! Hahahaha! This is good stuff! Did any of youse hear about this? This stuff is great!
For the record...I never did heroin, nor cocaine...Just a bit of fun to make JB feel like he's not alone...
Another thing about this labor talks that has annoyed me......why are they only meeting 2 times a week? Why not meet through an entire week? Update other owners after each meeting and necessary player execs. Both sides aren't telling us what's going on. The only thing I'm sure of is the owners aren't gonna lose any more by losing preseason games, so we will have those
Hudson, I don't see how it will be 2010 rules. It's certainly gonna be 4 yrs for to FA. The real issues will be whether franchise tags and restricted tenders will be available
Also just read this on Roto about the rules of FA.
Tid bit about the disgruntled owners issue we were talking about the other day.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Giants owner John Mara -- trusted by players as well as hardline owners -- have been lynchpins in the recent progress. Kraft and Mara "believe strongly" in the parameters of the deal, which is said to be fair for both sides even if it will only be grudgingly approved. Although a few extremist owners are expected to vote against the proposed deal, Freeman still hears an agreement will be reached toward the end of June or beginning of July.
Last we haerd from the Brisexual...he was attending A Phitens game and spending the weekend in South Jersey...maybe him and Snubberbutts ran into each other and a battle of wits is still on going.....like a tie soccer match...
I never liked coke. It's bad fer ye. My brother has done coke every day for about 15-20 years. He loves it! lol
JB, so you are proposing 7 names......5 FAs and 2 of our potential? Sounds reasonable to me. Lupes, when do we start the contest?
Harry, Triple D proposed giving five names for our undrafted FAs. I'm still technically in that contest
One morning... LT was at the bar... doing backflips off of a bar stool... noticed what time it was... left... went to the game... got there just as it started... and got 3 sacks... yakked out of his mind.
You ever read LT's book? He would put it in his water bottle. They had one water bottle for the team.... and one for LT.
I heard Starship 7 used cocaine to give him the burst he needed this year...Eric Clapton helps him administer proper doses on schedule for maximum effect...
I'm gonna make some calls... see if I can't get a loaded syringe... and shoot it into my eye tonight after Family Guy.
I tried it once... Threw up for like 4 hours straight while lying on a strangers front lawn in the middle of the summer.
Youse can smoke all youse want... but if you want to get obliterated... eats that shits.
Thats the way it's supposed to be done.
Boy... that Glaceau Smart Water is da best water outside of Namibia on da whole Earf.
Whose with me?
Thats some good arse water!
Uhh oh yeah. Me too.... @Blasphemizer
Old news dude. You been on brownie vacation this week or what? LOL. @TheGreatJB99
Damn thats a long bender. @TheGreatJB99
It is only illegal if you get caught !!!!!! @Demappulls!
@Kenemeka Alright...I knew someone was still in it...couldn't remember the rules...good luck...
@Harry Pianos .....I'm still in it but have forgotten which players I had ear marked for my 5