Pat Shurmur, Chip Kelly’s new offensive coordinator, said Monday that he plans to give both Eagles RBs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown a generous number of carries moving forward and said he thinks in general, offenses are more effective with two running backs in the mix.
“I think it’s important that you use more than one running back,” Shurmur said. “It’s a long season, and a guy can run out of gas quickly.
“If you have guys who are different, you can use them in different ways, and you try to play to their strengths. I think that’s important.
“I’ve always believed there’s a place on the roster for two good running backs. You have your starter, but the other guy needs to play so they can all get through the season.”
McCoy could still see his usual workload (~21 touches per game), but this news certainly doesn't support the notion that he's going to be the workhorse back in Kelly's offense. Brown looks like the clear handcuff and should be available fairly cheaply on draft day.