COMMENTARY | The Philadelphia Eagles are entering a bit of a transitional phase in their franchise. This happens whenever a new coach come sin to play, but as the countdown to the 2013 season continues you might be sitting at home wondering just who might be considered the face of the franchise in Philadelphia.
Is it Chip Kelly, the new head coach? Not yet. The same goes for the new rookies joining the program, although perhaps a few years down the road Matt Barkley could be that face most identified with the Eagles. After all, quarterbacks get all the love when it comes to this discussion. Unfortunately, that is not exactly the case in Philadelphia right now, with Mike Vick likely nearing the end of his time in town and Nick Foles not quite up to that level after half a season starting under center.
The Eagles have always had a good defensive force representing the team through various eras of the franchise's history, from Tom Brookshire and Chuck Bednarik to Reggie White and Jerome Brown to more recently with Brian Dawkins. A quick glance at the roster and you would be hard pressed to suggest any defensive player on the roster right now would match those players as well. So flip back over to the offense, and you have two choices to debate.
McCoy has led the Eagles in rushing each of the past four seasons. To his credit, Jackson led the team in receiving three straight years before Jeremy Maclin ended the 2012 season as the team's top receiver. McCoy has successfully taken over the running game from his predecessor, Brian Westbrook, and he is already escalating up the franchise rushing record sheets. Entering the 2013 season McCoy is sixth on the franchise all-time rushing list (via Pro Football Reference) and by the end of the season could be fourth with a 1,200-yard season.
McCoy's 30 career touchdowns are also good for sixth on the franchise rushing touchdown list and with eight touchdowns in 2013 he will move in to third. If he can match his career high of 17 rushing touchdowns in the new offensive system, McCoy will move in to second on the all-time franchise list, passing Wilbert Montgomery by two to start eyeing up Steve Van Buren's 69 career rushing touchdowns.
In his defense, Jackson is fairly established in the Eagles all-time receiving record books (via Pro Football Reference) as well, but McCoy has more of an opportunity to solidify himself at the top of the rushing books in a relatively short period of time. If he stays healthy over the next couple of seasons. But for now, if you had to choose one player to be the face of the franchise, it might just be McCoy.
Who do you think on the current roster should be the face of the Eagles entering at this point on time?
Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer. Follow McGuire on Twitter @krmcguire.
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