Foles, McCoy, Jackson putting up big numbers

Chip Kelly preached since his arrival in Philadelphia that he

has an equal-opportunity scoring offense.

The numbers support him.

Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are on their way to

setting team records in passing, running and receiving. Of course,

all that matters for the Eagles (9-6) is winning the NFC East

title. They need a win or tie at Dallas (8-7) on Sunday night to do


But whenever the season ends, guys can reflect back on a

successful season filled with several impressive individual


Foles has a 118.8 passer rating that leads the NFL and is third

best in league history. He’s thrown for 25 touchdown passes and

only two interceptions in only nine starts.

”He’s having a heck of a year and it’s a credit to him,” Kelly

said Thursday. ”That’s one thing about him is each week he keeps

improving and he does little subtle things where you’re like,

`Yeah, he’s got it.’ He did a couple things yesterday in practice

where you just get excited to see him play again. I think he

deserves the credit for what he’s doing because I think he’s having

a great year.”

McCoy leads the NFL with 1,476 yards rushing and needs 37 yards

to break Wilbert Montgomery’s single-season team record (1,513) set

in 1979. He’ll become the first Eagles player to win the rushing

title since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949. McCoy has 2,012

yards from scrimmage and needs just 93 yards to break Brian

Westbrook’s team record (2,104) set in 2007. Jackson has 1,304

yards receiving and needs 106 to break Mike Quick’s club record

(1,409) set in 1983.

”They are really good players,” Kelly said. ”We knew that

coming in. I think they are both talented. You can see that the

first time we stepped on the practice field with them for a

training session. They both have got a real unique skill set that

not a lot of people have in this game. It’s a credit to those guys

in terms of what we’ve asked them to do and how they have been able

to flourish in what we’re doing here.”

McCoy already broke Van Buren’s single-game record when he ran

for 217 yards in a blizzard against Detroit on Dec. 8. He has six

100-yard games, and the 2011 All-Pro has thrived in Kelly’s

up-tempo offense.

”Coach Kelly is a mastermind when it comes to offense, getting

his playmakers the ball in space, giving us an opportunity to make

plays, especially one-on-one opportunities,” McCoy said. ”There

are times when I’m DeSean’s decoy or he’s my decoy. With Nick

playing the way he’s playing, the way we’re running the ball, the

way DeSean is a special talent, when you play the Eagles, there’s

so much to you have to watch for.”

Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, has set career highs in

yards, receptions (79) and is tied for his best with nine TDs. He

averaged 50 catches, 906 yards and four TDs the previous three


Like his teammates, Jackson couldn’t wait to play in Kelly’s

fast-paced, attacking offense.

”Since Day 1, I felt this offense was very dangerous,” he

said. ”We have guys who can do special things. It’s times when

things aren’t going to work our way, but I’m very confident in the

guys I go to work with every day. This was a big year for myself

and for my team and everything happened the way we wanted it to

happen, but we have to finish this story with a great run, make it

to the playoffs and go as far as we can go.”

Having McCoy and Jackson at their best has certainly helped

Foles develop into an MVP contender in only his second season after

losing the competition for the starting job to Michael Vick in

training camp.

”They’ve had great seasons,” he said. ”When you have

playmakers like that, it’s awesome. You try to get them the ball.

It has a lot to do with the other guys, offensive line opening up

holes, tight ends making plays and everyone else. It’s a credit to

our entire offensive scheme. That’s why they’re having success

because guys around them are playing well and playing


NOTES: LG Evan Mathis (illness), S Colt Anderson (knee) and

backup OL Julian Vandervelde (back) didn’t practice Thursday.

Vandervelde is the backup center to Jason Kelce, so Mathis would

likely assume that role if he can’t play. … S Earl Wolff is

expected to start after missing four games, returning to play last

week vs. the Bears and leaving the game early.

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