With all signs pointing to rookie quarterback Nick Foles making his first career NFL start on Sunday, Foles' potential backfield mate is planning on taking a little more responsibility for the performance of the offense against the Washington Redskins.
"I do, speaking for myself, feel like I have to do a little bit more," said running back LeSean McCoy. "He's younger and everything's going to be going so fast for him. I know that feeling as a rookie, to be in there when the live bullets are really flying. As a player, I'm going to challenge myself to contribute more in the pass game and the run game and make some more big plays, kind of get us out of those tight binds as far as being sluggish sometimes as an offense."
That is not to say, though, that McCoy doesn't have confidence in Foles. On the contrary, McCoy says he's been taken aback at the maturity with which Foles has carried himself this season.
"His demeanor in the huddle ... kind of putting everybody in position to make good plays," said McCoy. "And he's a hard worker. He's young, but some things you can't teach - I think heart and leadership and I think he has both of those things. Saying that, I think he'll be fine and for the future."
McCoy's rushing numbers have picked up over the last two games. After averaging no better than 3.3 yards per carry in games 5-7, McCoy has averaged 6.3 and 5.1 yards per carry over the last two weeks, respectively. Because of that, he expects to get the ball plenty against the Redskins.
"We'll definitely run the ball," McCoy said. "It's kind of the same game plan, pretty much same plays. Not a lot has changed with the change of quarterbacks."
Also working in the offense's favor is the week of practice they have to work with Foles. Much has been made of the benefit to Foles of practicing with his teammates and preparing as the presumptive starter, but that works in the favor of the other players as well, according to McCoy.
"We kind of get the sense for him telling us the plays, things like that, knowing that the blitzes are coming, identifying the guys that are blitzing," said McCoy. "So I think he'll be ready. He's very intelligent and he's confident, that's the biggest thing."
That the Eagles still feel confident despite their 3-6 record is important, McCoy continued. Otherwise, there would be no point in suiting up on Sundays.
"We know that if we're negative, pointing fingers, I mean, one, you show that you have no real team, no real leadership within the locker room," he said. "And two, you can't expect to win. If you're not winning by being positive, you're definitely not going to win by being negative. We still have a shot. All we can do is control it and win games."
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