Now that Chip Kelly has sent shockwaves through the NFL by trading his best offensive player, the Philadelphia Eagles are left with a passing-down specialist and a short-yardage specialist in the backfield.
It's understandable that the Eagles, believing that Kelly's system is an inherent advantage on offense, would plan to allocate more resources to the other side of the ball.
Since Kelly arrived in Philadelphia, McCoy has been responsible for 28 percent of the total offense and 64 percent of the rushing yards. That production will have to be replaced by backs not currently on the roster.
Kelly pulled the trigger on Tuesday's stunner armed with the knowledge that both the free agent class and the incoming rookie class are stronger at running back than they have been in years.
It's no secret that Kelly was annoyed at McCoy's indecisiveness, which led to a league-high 125 carries of zero or negative yards over the past two years.
By all accounts, Kelly's preference is for a north/south runner with a penchant for hitting the hole after just one cut.
Still just 25 years old with little tread on his tires, Ingram is likely to reach the open market only because the cap-strapped Saints can no longer afford him.
Whether it's Ingram, Ryan Mathews or an early-round draft pick joining Philadelphia's backfield stable, Kelly's offense offers starmaking potential in the quest to replace McCoy.