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LeSean McCoy irked, says he's still the same player

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LeSean McCoy isn't having the year he'd imagined in his second season in Chip Kelly's system.

After leading the NFL in rushing in 2013 with 1,607 yards and 5.1 yards per carry, the Eagles back is sixth in rushing with 729 yards and has what would be a career-low 3.7 yards per carry.

Compared to the first 10 games of last season, McCoy has 203 fewer yards, 1.1 fewer yards per carry, 215 fewer receiving yards and has just two touchdowns on the season.

All of those stats have led to questions about McCoy as a player.

"I'm not going to address, 'Am I the same player?' I won't address that. For what? What are we talking about, am I the same player? That's for y'all to figure out. You crazy? Am I the same player? I am the same player," McCoy said Wednesday, per the Philly Daily News.

Let's not get it twisted -- McCoy didn't just wake up in 2014 and forget how to run the football. The injuries on the Eagles' offensive line have helped cripple the running game. Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia outlined some good examples of the Eagles' blocking breakdowns in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

The addition of the dynamic Darren Sproles has also led to McCoy not needing to carry the load as much. Still, as long as one of the best backs in the NFL has an average below 4 yards per carry, the consternation in Philly will grow.

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