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Monday, May 19, 2014
McCoy: Eagles moving on from Jackson

By Andy Jasner

LeSean McCoy has turned into one of the most vocal leaders on the Philadelphia Eagles.

McCoy on Monday spoke on a number of topics via telephone interview during a break in a media tour of the EA Sports video game "Madden NFL '15," where he has reached the quarterfinal round against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Last season, McCoy rushed 314 times for 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns. He carried the Eagles for long stretches and helped them finish 10-6 with an NFC East title and a playoff berth. The Eagles lost 26-24 to the New Orleans Saints but the first season under coach Chip Kelly had to be considered highly successful.

“I didn’t know what to expect when coach came in, but you could see right away that he wanted to win and he was going to work very hard to get there,” McCoy said. “Chip and (general manager) Howie (Roseman) have made a lot of tough decisions, some really tough, but they’re doing what they think will bring the team success and win a championship. We’re all on board with what they’re doing and we’re behind them all the way.”

Still, McCoy is asked virtually every day about the decision to release three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

“It’s always the first question I get asked and the organization made a decision to move on,” McCoy said. “The move was made and he’s moved on with the Redskins and we've moved on. It’s in the past and we move forward as a group with the Eagles.”

McCoy's clearly the best running back on the team. And arguably the best in the NFL. Just ask him.

“I think I’m the best. I like to judge it from the last three years where I think I’ve been the most productive back in the league. I think I am if you look at it from the point of running, catching passes, blocking. There are other great backs who maybe have fallen off a little bit over the past three, four years, but they’re still great backs. I believe I’m the best right now.”

Elsewhere on the Eagles, McCoy likes the direction the team is heading.

“I think we’re jelling at the right time,” he said. “We’re coming together as a group and we all have the same goals. There’s no ego on this team. There’s No I. It’s all team here and it shows with how we work together. I’m very confident in this group moving forward to the season. I’m excited about the team.”

What must happen for the Eagles to make a deep run in the playoffs?

“We have to stay healthy,” McCoy said. “It’s all about health. That’s the biggest key. We have the players to win and the coaches have the blueprint for how to be successful. The hard work starts now and we’re excited to get started and see where this team can go.”

McCoy also plans on winning “Madden NFL 15.”

“It’s fun, and I think so,” McCoy said, laughing. “Andrew Luck is a good player. This is gonna be a good matchup.”

McCoy was also asked for his Super Bowl XLIX prediction. See his answer below.