McCoy made the case last month that he’s the best running back in the NFL, prompting Peterson to laugh it off and say McCoy didn’t really mean it. Asked this week if he was serious, McCoy insisted that he absolutely believes he’s the best running back in the NFL.
“Yes, yes, yes,” McCoy said, via CSNPhilly.com. “Especially the last three years. Check the numbers.”
The numbers say Peterson has more rushing yards (4,333) than McCoy (3,756) in the last three years. But McCoy’s contributions to the passing game put him on top when comparing total yards from scrimmage, with McCoy having 4,983 in the last three years and Peterson having 4,860. With that in mind, McCoy can’t figure out why Peterson thought the claim of McCoy’s superiority was anything less than serious.
“I don’t know if he’s joking or what,” McCoy said. “I don’t know how to take that. I play the game and it speaks for itself. I don’t know what that meant. I don’t understand what he was getting at.”
As the NFL’s reigning rushing champion, McCoy can make the case for himself. But most people aren’t buying it: When we put it to a poll of PFT Planet, Peterson was voted the better running back by a 3-to-1 margin.