Philadelphia, PA (AP) - Almost everyone around the league knew LeSean McCoy was a good running back. Everyone knew he could run, everyone knew he had great speed and great vision.
But could he really be this good?
"I knew I was capable of this," said McCoy after his Eagles blew out another opponent. This time, it was the Redskins going down to McCoy's Birds 55-7. "I've worked really hard and studied this game really hard. I feel like I've prepared myself for this. It's a matter of just going out there and executing."
McCoy has been executing alright. The numbers are almost mind boggling. He's rushed for 1,011 yards so far. He's almost eclipsed the amount of yards he ran for all of last year. It's only week six! The third year running back out of Pittsburgh already has 13 touchdowns and is racking up yards at about 168 per game.
"He's done wonders for us and our offensive options," said Philly head coach Andy Reid. "Not only is he running circles around teams and racking up all kinds of yards on the ground, but he's been great as a pass catcher."
McCoy just happens to be leading the team in receptions with 21. He doesn't have a tone of receiving yards, just 207 so far for an average of 9.8 yards a catch. But, he provides a great outlet for quarterback Michael Vick to go to when he needs it.
The bottom line is that McCoy has become a faster, more athletic version of Brian Westbrook. And as far as that comparison goes, so far, McCoy has managed to stay on the field a lot more than Westbrook could. The league is certainly taking notice, and so are reporters. Six weeks into the season, McCoy is the leading MVP candidate for the entire league.
"He's a real special player," said Vick. "He sees the holes, and he hits them so fast that the defense doesn't have time to react. He's also run with a lot of heart, breaking a lot of tackles to get those extra yards."
"I'm having a lot of success, but it's not just me out there," said McCoy. "The big guys up front are doing an amazing job blocking. They're opening up holes so big, a train could get through. I'm gonna have to take them out for some steaks, because they're certainly helping me earn mine."
McCoy is on pace for well over 2,000 yards and more than 30 touchdowns. If he keeps this pace up, it could be an amazing, record-setting season.
"Even if I do set records or have great stats, I don't care about that all that much. What matters to me is that we win the Super Bowl. And, I think we have the team to do that. It's been a great season so far, and I expect it to get only better."
That's exactly what Eagles fans are hoping for.