I’m waaaaay late on this one, and I meant to address this, but when this story came out it was the week after the draft and I was focused on all the new players in the bEast.
Anyway, Bo Wulf of the Eagles Mothership did a writeup of Andy Reid quotes in regard to his new draft picks, which included the following nugget on his usage of LeSean McCoy:
On the state of the running back position: “We’ll see how it goes. We’re good with young guys and we’ll see how that works out. With Dion (Lewis), I would have liked to have gotten him a little more time last year as we went on. I didn’t end up doing that and I probably overplayed (LeSean) McCoy a little bit, even though he doesn’t want to hear that. As he continues to get older and have the number of reps under his belt that he does, you’ll want to back off the number of reps that he does.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk ran with that quote and in typical Mike Florio style, he attempted to turn Reid’s words into something more sinister:
The remarks come at a time when McCoy and the Eagles are believed to be dancing around a long-term contract. McCoy’s camp undoubtedly is pointing to his production last season, when he set a franchise record with 17 rushing touchdowns. If he has fewer reps, he’ll have lower numbers — thereby justifying a smaller slice of salary-cap pie.
The reality is that Ronnie Brown stunk last season, and the Eagles didn’t trust him. They’d simply like to get more out of their RB depth next year, if possible. Why? Because if you put your running backs through too many of these kinds of seasons…
…they won’t have a very long NFL shelf life. It has nothing to do with trying to keep a guy’s stats in check in an attempt to screw him out of more money. That’s just stupid.