Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said it's "hard to be selfish" in some short-yardage situations where Chris Polk gets the ball instead of McCoy, according to a report from Reuben Frank of Comcast SportsNet.
McCoy scored a franchise-record 17 rushing touchdowns in 2011 but has recorded only four so far this season. Chris Polk, who is listed third on the Eagles' depth chart at running back behind McCoy and Darren Sproles, scored two short rushing touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
“Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk’s obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they’ve been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game,” McCoy said.
“He’s not getting all of them, but if it helps the team, that’s what I’m going to do.
“There’s just some plays on 3rd-and-1 type of situations where I probably wouldn’t have gotten it, where I see him kind of hit a guy, drag a guy and get in there. It’s hard to be selfish with a player like Polk to use him to do those type of things.”
Frank notes that Polk, who is listed at 222 pounds, has received seven carries inside the opposing five-yard line this season, while McCoy, who is listed at 208 pounds, has received 10. McCoy leads the team with 274 total carries, while Polk has received 39.
The Eagles (9-5, 2nd in NFC East) face the Redskins in Washington on Saturday.
- Jack Jorgensen