Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News wildly suggested that the Buffalo Bills’ releasing LeSean McCoy could be a smart move. Uhm, say what?
Buffalo Bills‘ star running back LeSean McCoy is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He seems ready to prove that age is just a number, but Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News has his doubts that McCoy will overcome father time.
McCoy has been very vocal through the press, as well as social media so far this offseason and there seems to be one common theme to it all: He’s the best at what he does and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
Unfortunately, Vic Carucci disagrees with McCoy and backed it up in a recent article in which Carucci explores some options to clear up cap space this offseason. When he started to explore players that could be released — other than Tyrod Taylor — Carucci said the following of McCoy:
"“For instance, McCoy might very well fall under the category of a player that could be worth the risk of releasing a year too early in order to avoid the potential of doing so a year too late.”"
I can understand where he’s coming from. History has a way of repeating itself and if history has taught us anything with running backs, it’s that the age of 30 never seems to work out. LeSean McCoy is turning 29 in July, meaning he will be 30 in 2018. On the other hand, it’s just completely absurd to even think about releasing McCoy.
McCoy was no doubt the best player on this Buffalo Bills‘ team last season. He was very efficient and made his presence known, while also giving Mike Gillislee a chance to shine as well. He’s the perfect running back for this offense and is the main reason this squad has donned the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL over the past two seasons.
I’m sorry, Vic Carucci, but that option wasn’t even worth exploring.
In Carucci’s defense, he did point out LeSean McCoy‘s excellence this past season. It all comes back to the age, though, which Carucci clearly doesn’t trust moving forward.
"“McCoy is, by far, the most productive player in the top 10, but he plays a position where quality players are frequently found for far less money as low-end free agents, mid-round draft choices, or undrafted signees. Although he rushed for 1,267 yards last season, his highest total since he had 1,319 yards in 2014 with the Philadelphia Eagles, McCoy turns 29 in July.”"
Vic Carucci added:
"“He takes remarkably great care of himself, but expecting his performance to remain at a dynamic level could be unrealistic.”"
If you’ve been following McCoy this offseason, I’m sure he would have plenty to say about Vic Carucci doubting his abilities.
McCoy first began speaking up when Rex Ryan was fired and the Buffalo Bills were entering another search for a head coach. He contributed a lot of the Bills’ failures to lack of discipline, to which Buffalo responded with by hiring Sean McDermott.
Then, McCoy was seen on SportsCenter where he made a bold statement, claiming that he’s the best running back in the league. That’s when he stated what could become known as a famous quote soon: “No back can touch me.”
After that, he even went on to list his list of top-five running backs in the NFL — with himself at the top, of course.
Finally, he leashed out against Pro Football Focus, who snubbed him from their list of the top-101 players of the 2016 season. Although they explained their reasons for doing so, McCoy wasn’t having any of it. He went on Twitter and called them a bunch of “nerds” who have never played “a lick of football” in their entire lives.
I love Vic Carucci and he was obviously just exploring all the options the Buffalo Bills have this offseason. I just think this was one that could’ve been kept to himself.