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Mike McCoy’s misuse of talented running backs is well documented among the NFL media community

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The Arizona Cardinals David Johnson is having an unproductive season. Mike McCoy has had these things happen in the past.

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The much maligned offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals Mike McCoy has been beat up pretty good not only on this website, but throughout the web.

The national NFL media got into a bit on Tuesday as NFL.com released their next gen stats on Johnson’s carries and how bad the chart looks.

For those that are not familiar with NFL plays, that is 13 carries with roughly one that was outside of the tackles, a loss of yardage. Only three of Johnson’s carries went for more than five yards on the day.

It is a gross misutilization of Johnson and his talents, especially when you look at some of Todd Gurley’s charts from his career:

Gurley from week 15 of the 2017 NFL season:

The differences are pretty stark when you compare to Mike “Up the Middle” McCoy.

Then, in 2016, with the Chargers, you look at Melvin Gordon’s usage and you start to see a pattern, in fact, an interesting and somewhat scary pattern:

Now, McCoy was the head coach, not the OC in this time, so maybe it isn’t all on him, but there is a pattern.

Something we are seeing now with David Johnson is something that Chargers fans saw with their own young and talented running back in MGIII.

Can McCoy right the ship or is this his system and the Cardinals need to figure out a way to execute?