Buffalo Bills’ RB LeSean McCoy appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter and had a lot to say about a wide range of topics.
While on SportsCenter, McCoy sat down with Cari Champion of ESPN and gave his opinions on a lot of topics, including his list of top-5 running backs, Tyrod Taylor, Sean McDermott and Rex Ryan.
Let’s go down the list.
Shady’s Top-5 NFL RB’s
LeSean McCoy broke it down for everybody on Friday. After stating that he’s the best back in the league with confidence, he went on to name the next four best backs in the league.
“I like Le’Veon [Bell],” he said. With Bell at No. 2, he went with “kid from Arizona” for No. 3 — that of course being David Johnson. With No. 4, he really liked what DeMarco Murray did this season. That left Ezekiel Elliot at No. 5, or as McCoy put it — “I feel five or six.”
McCoy went on to explain his Elliot selection at No. 5:
"“He’s a rookie. He got to do it again. Had a great year. He finishes runs well, he runs hard. Has good speed. I like Zeke a lot, for sure. I keep it honest.”"
Let’s see what McCoy had to say about Tyrod Taylor.
LeSean McCoy was asked “Do you think you need a quarterback — a new quarterback?”
"“I like Tyrod, ya know AKA Willie Beamen,” McCoy said. “I’m sure that the management they’ll work that out, whatever that is and how they do it. He showed, I think, a big jump from his first year to his second year. And then you take a guy that hasn’t played. So, he did well and he’s our leader. I look at him as our leader.”"
Personally, I think the Bills would be best off keeping him in town.
Of course, McCoy was asked about Rex Ryan and his thoughts on whether it was fair to see him go this season. Here’s what Shady said:
"“Ya know, that’s really not my call, if it’s fair or not. I liked him as a coach. I thought he had everything it took to get the job done. I would’ve loved to see him a little more, I think with a year or two, but it’s a business. I’ve been there where I’ve played for a team and have done phenomenal work and then get traded, so I know the feeling. And it’s knowing him, he puts a lot into it, he’s a hard worker and he wants to win.”"
LeSean McCoy was one of the players that spoke out after Rex was fired, saying that the team lacked discipline at times, but ultimately it comes down to the players not being held accountable.
After talking about Rex Ryan, McCoy had to give a shoutout to his new head coach.
“In Buffalo, we get a great coach in Sean McDermott, I was with him in Philadelphia and he has the right tools to get the job done.”
Cari Champion quickly asked him, “So what do you need to make a deep run into the playoffs?”
"“Just being consistent. There’s times where we’ll go on a streak where we have three, four wins in a row and then a game we should win — we lose. We’re one of the most penalized teams in the NFL, I mean it’s hard. Look at these teams that are playing Sunday, they’re teams that are both disciplined, they don’t have a lot of turnovers, they don’t make a lot of mistakes. To win games, you have to be consistent and you have to be a smart team. That’s something that we’re lacking.”"
There’s that word ‘discipline’ again. Good news is Sean McDermott should fix that problem in Buffalo.
LeSean McCoy had a gifted season and could’ve had more to show if a couple of injuries hadn’t happened.
Either way, his 1,267 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry speak for themselves. Not to mention he did it all with just 234 attempts — opposed to the 300+ he would get in a full season with Philly.
I can’t wait to see what he does for the Buffalo Bills in 2017, I’m sure it will be quite special.
Who cracks your top-5 list of the best running backs in the NFL? Leave your comments below!