LeSean McCoy: DeMarco Murray’s good, but not one of the best

AP

Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that running back LeSean McCoy is going to be “ready to roll” against the Colts on Sunday, which means that the Bills will get their first chance to realize a return on the investment they made in McCoy this offseason.

They traded linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia for McCoy and then gave McCoy a new five-year contract with over $26 million in guaranteed money. The Eagles moved on in the backfield by signing DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews as free agents.

How Murray will work out for the Eagles has been discussed often this offseason with detractors pointing to his big workload last season and the strength of the Dallas offensive line as reasons why they think he’ll take a step backward. McCoy didn’t mention either of those things specifically during an interview with GQ, but he still suggested that the Eagles had traded down in the backfield.

“I think Murray’s good,” McCoy says. “But I don’t see him as competition as far as the best backs. I like my game a lot.”

That McCoy likes his game comes as no surprise, but Murray’s numbers over the last two seasons compare well to what McCoy did in Philadelphia and he should get every opportunity to show that he can continue to produce in the offense McCoy called home. If his production remains strong and the Eagles remain a winning team, it might not change McCoy’s mind but it will make it harder to come up with reasons why Murray shouldn’t be mentioned among the best at the position.

98 responses to “LeSean McCoy: DeMarco Murray’s good, but not one of the best

  1. Well LeSean, he’s better than you. Even though the stats prove that, the biggest clincher is that Murray doesn’t put his team in second and third & long situations by dancing all over the place instead of running hard. Murray gets all the yardage he can and more. Plus he does more as a reciever out of the backfield. So if hes not one of the best, I guess that makes LeSean an average, middle of the pack RB

  2. Is this guy delusional enough to actually believe everything he says? I’ll laugh if he has a crappy year. Who will he blame that on then?

  3. He was on a flight and tried to sneak his boy to first class without buying a upgrade… Told the flight attendant “you know who I am” she replied ” then you should be able to afford a ticket for your friend. This guy is a cheap skate.

  4. Top 5 RBs in Pro Football – Alfred Morris, LeSean McCoy, Giovani Bernard, Arian Foster and Jamal Charles. In that order.

    are you kidding me Alfred Morris? what a joke last two season he has done squat Lesean McCoy is ok but he is not elite be any means.

    Best running back in the league A.P aka All day aka will go down in the best running back ever.

  5. Murray doesn’t care much about personal stats, all he’s concerned about is the team winning. That’s why he’s here and Shady isn’t

  6. “are you kidding me Alfred Morris? ”

    The 11th Commandment is ‘thou shalt not feed the trolls’.

  7. Stop throwin’ the ‘shade,’ “Shady” and focus on what you need to do on the field. CJ2k, over a six (6) year period with the Titans posted 8,628 yards, with just one (1) game missed; whereas, “Shady” amassed only 6,792 yards, with six (6) games missed, over the six-year period he was with the Eagles. By the looks of that, son: You Don’t Measure Up. Touché!

  8. ninjapleazee says:
    Sep 9, 2015 12:24 PM
    He was on a flight and tried to sneak his boy to first class without buying a upgrade… Told the flight attendant “you know who I am” she replied ” then you should be able to afford a ticket for your friend. This guy is a cheap skate.

    =============================

    20 cent tip because the waiter didn’t get bow to McCoy’s almightyness. How dare that waiter hand him a check and not give it to him for free!!!

    Kicks a woman off his party bus in the middle of a highway because she didn’t like the way she was being treated.

    Posts a bunch of nastiness on twitter about his kid’s mother.

    Won’t follow the game plan and do what coaches instruct him to do.

    The list goes on.

    Traded?? Him?? Coach must be racist to get rid of such a fine human being. {note sarcasm}

    :facepalm:

  9. Murray is a good running back but he won’t have the blocking he had in Dallas. McCoy is going to find out there is not a lot of daylight in Buffalo, either.

  10. Vikings:
    I was agreeing with all you said up until you you said that crap about best running back ever. Have you ever heard of Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmit Smith, Jim Brown? Any of these names ring a bell?

  11. Maybe he’s not a better RB but he seems like a good guy I can see how he wore out his welcome in philly,and good luck facing Suh twice a year

  12. I loved me some Shady when he was with Philly…think he’s the best back in the open field, but damn could he be anymore butthurt over that trade. Let it go bro.

  13. Giovanni Bernard! what!, McCoy is a loser, Murray does have class – but I predict the following:

    McCoy sucks in Buffalo
    Murray goes for about 1100 yds and 4.2 in philly
    and by mid-season Christine Michael gives Dallas the same kind of production Murray did last year

  14. The ‘i like my game’ was kind of lame. But Murray was bolstered by his line. Put a healthy AP or Jamal Charles in Dallas, 2k+ last year.

    Plus, the thing that many people miss about Murray is that he’s fairly 1 dimensional. Not a big passing threat, which is at least 25% of what you want in a feature back.

  15. logicalvoicepft says:
    Sep 9, 2015 12:11 PM
    Top 5 RBs in Pro Football – Alfred Morris, LeSean McCoy, Giovani Bernard, Arian Foster and Jamal Charles. In that order.

    ———————

    I’ll give you Charles, but Alph is a plodder and may be the least exciting lead back in the NFL to watch. Foster is on the wane and Gio is fragile.

  16. adimuz95 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 12:32 PM
    Murray doesn’t care much about personal stats, all he’s concerned about is the team winning. That’s why he’s here and Shady isn’t
    ____________________________________
    If all he cared about was winning he would have stayed with the division champ that now has the best defensive line in the NFL

  17. Murray was bolstered by his line? The Eagles had an bad year in terms of injuries (and a suspension for Johnson), and still had one of the best lines in the league last year (haters can hate, numbers don’t lie). The year before, when they didn’t have the injuries (when Shady won the rushing title), they were head and shoulders the best line in the league

    Any “bolstering” Murray got by his line was no more than what McCoy got in Philly. Considering that Murray lead the league, by far, in both broken tackles and yards after contact, I’d say McCoy got even more of a bump

  18. Whoever doesn’t respect Alfred Morris is crazy. Top 5? No, but not too far off… 3 years behind an awful line and 0 missed games. In those three years his average is 1300 yards and 9 TDs.

  19. Dallas’ secret to their run game is their OL. You could put average backs in the backfield and get good yardage. That’s why Jerry Jones didn’t pay him.

    McCoy is the better back.

  20. I’m glad the season is here so we can find out if its the line or the back.

    The obvious answer is it takes a little of both. Neither team will have a RB with huge yards because both are going to be splitting the carries. But both teams will have success and the division will come down to the last 2 games of the year. Cowboys 11-5, Eagles 10-6 (hopefully).

    I believe Murray will miss at least 4 games but of course, McFadden will miss at least 6 so…..

  21. Facts:

    McCoy last 2 years. 626 car. 2926 yds, 4.65 avg
    Murray 609 car. 2966 yds,4.95 avg

    Pretty close…… But give McCoy that Dallas O-line and its a wrap. McCoy will do more with less.

  22. So tired hearing how great the cowgirls O-line is. They struggle in PRE-SEASON! Where they play basic offense against basic defense and their RB’s couldn’t find the hole. In PRE-SEASON.. Hat on hat.. C’mon man! Can’t wait to reality kicks in. One freaking good year and Cowgirl fans already delusional.

  23. Morris the best back in the NFL? Make sense since it’s coming from someone who taught that the Skins where the best team in the league and RG3 was (still is?) the best QB in the game. I see consistency here…

  24. Over the past 5 seasons, no one in the NFL has more rushing yards than LeSean McCoy. Its true. Look it up.

    Also, last year, in his supposed “down year”, he was STILL top 5 in the league in rushing yardage.

    McCoy is also a 2x first team all-pro and 3 time Pro Bowler. He is also the all time rushing yardage leader for the Eagles.

    McCoy has 6,792 career rushing yards and 2,282 career receiving yards, and 54 career TDs.

    Murray has 4,526 career rushing yards and 1,200 career receiving yards, and 29 career TDs.

    McCoy and Murray are the same age.

    McCoy is CLEARLY superior by every measurable statistic. Haters gonna hate.

  25. He needs to stop worrying about the running back on his last team and start worrying about the defense on the next one. As in the next one on the schedule each week. Talk time is over, it’s go time

  26. to the people saying dallas ‘s oline made murray are complete idiots. it’s the oline’s job to block and open up holes for the rb. every team does it. if if oline’s didn’t block and open up holes for the rb there wouldn’t be no 1000 yd rushers. if oline’s aren’t doing their job every rb in the NFL would suck. murray will do just fine in philly. and mc coy will become the same if not worse with his east west style.

  27. What a D-bag. I suppose if they actually have a decent year for a change, we won’t mind that they brought in a bunch of big-mouths and dirt-balls to coach and play.

  28. Days away from the start of the season and he still cant keep the Eagles out of his mouth. If maturity were a Madden stat:

    Demarco: 99

    Leasean: 18

  29. Funny how quickly Eagles fans turned on their all time rushing leader who, by the way, was also pretty durable.

    Suddenly, they’re all in on Murray and Matthews, who MIGHT make it through 5 games combined.

    Last time I saw Eagles fans turn on someone so quickly, it was Andy Reid, the only coach that made them relevant in the past 20 years.

    Stay classy, Eagles fans.

  30. The Bills line is a weakness for their team. MeSean is going to find out the hard way. The Eagles line is pretty solid. Maybe not quite as good as the ‘Boys line, but a lot better than the Bills.

  31. When you are as delusional as McCoy, nothing will change your mind. Keep in mind he is the player that called Chip Kelly a racist when he replaced African – American players with other African – American players.

  32. It’s funny how fans change their minds from season to season to season to season…nobody ever stands by their words or original thoughts…..For the longest, Murray was darn near in the ‘bust’ category according to a lot of you. Now that LeSean had a down season, and Murray had a great season with a ProBowl O-line, it’s McCoy who sucks….You guys cant make up your minds.

    Just like this year when Bradford proves he’s legit, everybody will be jumping back on that bandwagon.

  33. McCoy is soft and has poor ball security. besides those fundamental flaws he is elite.

    he will meet his maker dec 13 if not before. that is, unless that girl is out of the lineup dec 13. bills shoulda signed mo’ne davis instead.

  34. What’s McCoy going to have to say 5 years from now, when he’s old, washed up and looking for some team to give him a chance to compete for a backup RB job?

  35. I don’t even see how this is an argument. Lesean is going to get the lions share of touches, Murray most definitely will be splitting carries with Matthews. In all honesty, both guys will probably have a down year. Either way, sour grapes from Eagles fans is nothing new. McCoy will lead the AFC in rushing and Murray will barely crack 900. McCoy will play all 16 games and Murray will miss a pair. To say either team is a lock for the playoffs is way off base, but I’ll give the Bills the edge. Well, considering it’s a 2 team race in the NFCE, who knows.

  36. @whynotjustadmitit

    I like the post. What’s really funny is how, even with Demarco on the team, Dallas was always on the radar to land AP. When Lesean was in Philly, that was never the case. Murray had 1, again, One good season. All his others were marred by fumbilitis and injuries. Lesean was always regarded as a high profile back. I’ll take the recent history and bet on Lesean before we go ahead and anoint Demarco Murray the best back in the league.

  37. First off, the stats don’t prove anything close to Murray contending for a top 5, undisputed ranking.

    he can’t sniff McCoys numbers in all but one year.

    now moving forward. Murray is in a way better situation, but he’s as injury riddled as Bradford.
    So, today. He’Gone McWho is correct.

  38. McCoy was the best a couple years ago, as was Murray last year. It really doesn’t take a brain surgeon to look at the stat sheet at the end of the year.

    These players are 2 different people. McCoy is a finesse back that runs away from contact. Murray is a physical runner that runs to it.

    It’s obvious Chip Kelly preferred Murray’s running style or he wouldn’t have bolstered it with Matthews in trying to solicit Gore’s services.

  39. 33% of McCoys runs last yr resulted in zero or negative yrs a,
    DeMarco lead the league with 5%

    You tell me what back is better for Chips uptempo offense?

    Shady keep talking and showing why Chip traded you to the Bills and not AZ. Yes, it was on purpose going to football purgatory

  40. Eagles fans need to hope Murray does something again this year that he did last year for the first time in his career — stay healthy for the entire season. I’m betting he won’t. The guy is a band-aid, and so is Mathews.

    Murray has his big fat contract now, and has nothing more to prove.

  41. bringbackflutie says:
    Sep 9, 2015 1:39 PM
    Funny how quickly Eagles fans turned on their all time rushing leader who, by the way, was also pretty durable.

    Suddenly, they’re all in on Murray and Matthews, who MIGHT make it through 5 games combined.

    Last time I saw Eagles fans turn on someone so quickly, it was Andy Reid, the only coach that made them relevant in the past 20 years.

    Stay classy, Eagles fans.
    ——————————————————————
    Or maybe us Eagle fans are tired of hearing Shady talk about the Eagles. We all know he was hurt that he was traded but get over it. Hes a Bill now he should be worried about facing the Colts this Sunday. Worry about the Eagles the week of December 13th.

  42. volforlife75 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 12:13 PM
    Lesean, the best don’t get traded either.
    ——–
    Traded, or just not resigned, what’s the difference, Murray is no longer with Dallas nor is McCoy with Philly. The end result is the same. What’s it matter how they got with their new respective teams. They’re each employed in the NFL making big bucks….unlike you or I

  43. book this: murray will earn his money nov, dec and jan. that is when he will be the workhorse. at crunch time when he is needed. at about the same time LEE shawn is out for the year.

    if eagles can avoid it, which they probably can, murray won’t be use much sep-oct. he will be rested, fresh and a marshawn lynch-like beast late in the season.

  44. Picking 11th in a 12 team draft last night. My choices for me were Murray or McCoy. I said ICIT.

  45. I don’t know or care which is better, they do different things…but I DO KNOW, the more Shady McCoy opens his mouth, the more I think I see why his former Head Coach in Philly lined up a train ticket to Buffalo for him. Just saying, Dude needs to just ‘shut up’ and focus on his own game, his own team. He seems like he has A.D.D. or something, just can’t stay in his own lane at all.

  46. You guys want everybody to score a TD, shut up and gingerly hand the ball to ref. Everybody in the world is not the same nor do they act the same, nor are they the same in the NFL.

    You fail to understand that it’s part of these guys’ personality that also makes them a good player.

    If I didn’t read the headline, I would have thought McCoy killed someone.

    Chip is fooling himself, you need a mix of different types of players and leaders in this man’s league. He will not be around in a few years. His style just won’t work. It’s more than x’s and o’s fellas.

  47. skoobyfl says:Sep 9, 2015 1:00 PM

    Shady is going to roll.
    ——————————————

    Another blunt

    Pros let their game speak for em………

    Shady just thinks he is bigger than the game

  48. @boyzrule

    what a terrible name first off.
    secondly, Demarco is going to embarrass your LB’s and S.

  49. @myeagles

    If he can make it by your geriatric offensive line he will run right into and occasionally over a LB or S but you lost an elusive back that would look to make them miss and take it to the house.

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