Looking forward to the running of the Preakness later today... and thinking of the hard training and expertise that goes into the development of a thoroughbred running back... the ability to read blocks and adjust to lanes is just as important to an NFL running back as it is to a 110-pound jockey astride a 40-mph missile made of muscle and willpower.
That's what makes LeSean McCoy special... he can read his field like a jockey...and he has put in the hard work to qualify as a physical force in the NFL.
Only 23 years old, McCoy has emerged into one of the strongest running backs in the league. He hit the weights like Brizer told him in 2010. It paid off. No more arm tackles...and he has stayed relatively injury-free with the exception of the usual strains and pains. This guy is a horse.
He is a premier back. At 5-11, 208, he is electrifying at times.
He is now making Arian Foster money... $45 million over 5 years, $21 million guaranteed...
He can run with Foster, and catch more passes... he pass-pro blocks...he is better than Foster.
Give credit where it is due to Howie Roseman, Andy Reid and McCoy's agent Drew Rosenhaus... All three recognized they were dealing with something special here. Nobody was foolish enough to muck it up.
UPDATE to follow on Preakness Day....
Saturday, May 19, 2012... a lovely day in the Delaware Valley...nice comeback win by the 76ers over the Celtics...and near-perfect weather for the running of the Preakness about 60 miles down the road from me...
Musing on the "Herman Weaver" episode from Friday where I mistakenly labeled retired fullback Leonard Weaver as "Herman"...
The "real" Herman Weaver was a great punter from Tennessee, stood 6-4 and weighed 220, and was nicknamed "Thunderfoot" by Howard Cosell on a Monday Night Football broadcast in the '70's. Weaver was renowned for his distance and hang time. He played for the Detroit Lions from 1970 to 1976, and for the Seatle Seahawks from 1977 to 1981. Today at age 62 he runs a youth ministry for troubled or disadvantaged kids.
Herman Weaver's message to kids today is nothing good is going to come easy unless they set goals and work hard for them...he's got an inspirational website which also has plenty of facts and stats on his own NFL career at http://www.thunderfoot18.com ...
Accidentally thinking about Herman Weaver directed my attention to the least-publicized of all the roster battles looming for the Eagles in 2012.
The Punter position is clearly open to challenge.
Punter Chas Henry ranked near the bottom of the league in average, net and punts inside the 20. The Eagles have brought in Kentucky’s Ryan Tydlacka in what figures to be a true competition for the job.
Chas Henry is the incumbent...undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2011, 6-3, 210, Henry has the strongest and longest leg on the current roster, but still is a relatively inexperienced punter in game sitautions. People tend to forget he rarely punted more than 2 or 3 times a game in his career at Florida...sometimes only 1 punt in a game.
Ryan Tydlacka is the challenger... pronounced "tied-latch-ka", he is 6-1, 190, a UDFA out of Kentucky...He is not as long as Henry but led his conference in net yards and punts landed inside the 20 and downed inside the 10... Folks who watched him at Kentucky rave about his directional control, too.
I think it's going to be a close competition between Henry and Tydlacka in camp. Chas has the edge on the basis of familiarity with the system and a slightly stronger leg...plus, he is expected to get better. But don't rule out the possibility of an upset performance to win the job by Tydlacka. His peeps at Kentucky say Ryan is a gamer.
Between Herman Weaver and the Preakness, it just seems fitting to dwell a bit on the part of the Eagles game that requires a strong leg and a finishing kick.
Alrights, I got a fish story for y'all...So, on July 1, 1912, Charles Epting Vansant, the brother of me great grandfather (my middle name is Vansant), was going out for a swim before dinner in Beach Haven, New Joisey...And boom-da, he's attacked by a shark...Took away his legs, a lifeguard helped him out, but he bled to deaf...Several more attacks happened in the next 12 days...That series of attacks...was the main inspiration for da book "Jaws", and subsequently, the very popular Spielberg flick of the same name...
@Blasphemizer "Jaws" you say....never heard of it....sounds made up....
@Blasphemizer I'd say that sounds made up... But unlike Bri who calls people liars wiffout proof... Only cause he's a dik, and I don't wanna grow up like him... I'll just say, that suks and sorry bout your great uncle (not sure the family tree implications, but great uncle sounded better than great appetizer)
@Blasphemizer Hell of a way to get a book written about ya...........
See - sometimes I don't think you SOB's get it - I really don't.
Absolutely NOTHING happened today - NOTHING.
Yet - with creative writing and a few humorous anecdotes - you have again succeeded in making me Happy.
Can't wait till the season........
How many days Mr Blas?
112 days until the Eagles next regular season win... @Palm Feathers
Really don't mind if you sit this one out........nite Biggles,...rest ye merry men in Cornwall..........GK.
Den. This Mornin I went out again. Never in me life have I caught a tagged fish. I caught two tagged Rainbows back to back. When I entered the tag #s online Wiff idfw. I find out that there are 50$. 100$ & 200$. Tags. Of corse mines were just novelties.
@tboned208 Nice man, nice! I'm glad you got to go out. I went out Saturday and today. Caught 'bows both days. Couple of em fought me pretty well which is always cool. Got skunked on large mouth this morning at a lake I'd never fished before. That doesn't bother me though-I'm out doin what I love and enjoying nature. Congrats man!
PPW. Biggest Koke I ever caught. Looked like a Columbia Coho. Trolling with a wedding ring. Nutting butt smalls all Mornin The wham. My rod tip almost touched the water. Beautiful fish
Went Blue-Fishing off the Jersey coast (had to have been early 70's) on one of those charter boats - like 50 people on board - big boat.
Fished a spot for awhile - Captain couldn't get the anchor up to leave.
Struggled for a long time - anchor finally comes up SLOWLY.
We was tangled with one of those old spiky WW2 mines. Had Coast Guard and all out there.
Haven't gone since.
Soooo - careful where you stick your anchor - cause when you pull it out - there may be more on it than you bargained for.....
@Blasphemizer Awesome! Where you gonna go to high school?
Phemur,...in principle,.I agree. But,....methinks the Pacers,...may be just as good if not better den da HEAT,..esp w/o Bosch,..and a hurtin' Wade.
@briview Which is why I qualified that if they are, truly...Then so be it!...
@Blasphemizer TBT,..you axtually played boff sides,.essentially,...and dats cheatin'...perk up!
Yur avi is smoldering pretty heavily itself...It seems to be indicative of the quality of yur rhetoric...By a real man's metrics, the Heat were the truly better team in the regular season, having had the better overall record and having won 3 out of their 4 matchups wiff the Heat...They also had the superior rankings in points per game, and points allowed per game...Now, having said this, I fully recognize that the playoffs are a different animal, however there is no reason to believe that the Heat's troubles aren't mostly due to their current injury bug...@briview
@Blasphemizer Whoa,.yurself,..urchin!!! Words can set you free,..yurs indicted you. There are no accusations,.that aren't back up by yur own narrative. Perk up,..and axe for forgiveness,..or burn in a smoldering purgatory of undeniable deceit!
Hey, hey, woah!...Don't bring Hudly into this too, your accusations are already broad!... @briview
@Blasphemizer Stop it!,..you called the HEAT the truly better team. Now you are a paffological liar and cheater. How you like dem apples?
@briview Acshully, I played the "whoever is truly the better team" side and not the "whoever wins because the other team is hobbled by injury" one...
Peeps who are rooting for the Pacers to beat the Heat are surely wimmens and chirrens...Real men want their team to play and beat the best team...If that happens to be the Pacers, so be it!...But, I'd rather have the Heat, the truly better team, regain their strength and win so we have to take the hard road against them, rather than be offered the Pacers, and potentially get embarrassed on the grand stage of the Finals!...Whoswiffme?!...
just win baby.
Paperwork is the Devil.
A few random parting thoughts for this evening.
1) Mr Harry's Avatar is disturbing in some way - can't put my finger on it.
2) A Man should NEVER use the word fabulous - NEVER - not for nothing. "Silly- Head" trails a close second)
3) Bri's "Poo-on-a-Paper" Avatar is at least as curious as his Cheese Doodle - Fruit Loop 'morph' that he had.
4) ...there was a 4th but I forgot - left it with the keys - I think.
@Palm Feathers These thoughts were absolutely fabulous until the 4th...You left it with the keys?...You silly-head...