Sean McDermott on Frank Gore/LeSean McCoy: Iron will sharpen iron

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Recent years have generally found NFL teams averse to relying on running backs over 30 to play major roles on their offense, but the Bills are going another way this season.

They signed Frank Gore, who turns 36 this May, to complement LeSean McCoy, who turns 31 this summer, in their backfield. Some might wonder if the Bills are putting too much faith in players who might be close to the end of the line, especially with McCoy coming off his worst NFL season.

As you’d imagine, head coach Sean McDermott is not in that camp and he told NFL Media that he believes the two players will push each other to better things.

“I just think what better way to challenge one another with a guy for LeSean that’s been there and done that and done a lot of the things LeSean’s done at a high level,” McDermott said. “I think iron’s gonna sharpen iron in that situation.”

Gore and McCoy have the most combined rushing yards of any teammates in NFL history and they will add to that total in 2019. How much they add will help determine how well things go in Buffalo next season.

8 responses to “Sean McDermott on Frank Gore/LeSean McCoy: Iron will sharpen iron

  1. Both may be an Every Down RB but neither was an Every Situation back (Shady in short yardage, Gore in receiving).
    They definitely complement each other and each will benefit from a reduction in workload.
    I guess all that remains is How Effective this tandem will be.

  2. In all fairness to Shady, he had an absolutey horrible offensive line to run behind last season. Now with the recent o-line free agent additions plus what may come in the draft, I think we’ll see the old McCoy again and with Gore there, now we’re looking at a very high quality 1-2 punch.

    I expect Shady to rush for over 1,000 yards again and Gore to contribute at least another 800 combined rushing and receiving.

  3. Sounds good but MCcoys contract may be an obstacle in this matter. I want Mccoy here because I think he might still have some good play left in him, but he is a 9 million dollar cap hit this year, and they can save 6.5 million by cutting, trading him or restructuring his deal. I hope they can restructure to lower his cap hit and keep him till he retires, but make sure it’s structured to not leave them with an over the hill RB and cap hit for getting rid of him.

  4. Look for Gettleman to try to trade for both as part of his rebuilding process. Fits his “plan” perfectly—two old running backs for the one position he doesn’t need to fill.

  5. They’ll draft one also, maybe as high as 3rd or 4th. Good opportunity to bring in a strong rookie that could learn from two of the best.

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