Philadelphia Eagles Runningback LeSean McCoy has come out and made a very bold statement that may be somewhat premature.
McCoy came out on Monday and claimed that he is the best Runningback in the NFL.
Claiming to be better than names like Minnesota Vikings Runningback Adrian Peterson or even the man who ran the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship Marshawn Lynch.
McCoy never completely ruled Peterson out of the race, he claimed that: "I think AP has been the best back for so long, and he's been doing it for so long, that's why he automatically gets the best running back [title]."
McCoy is right to praise Peterson but the real question now becomes, is he right to declare himself the top Runningback in the league?
Well last season he ran for more yards than any other Runningback in the league.
In fact, McCoy didn't just outrun every other back in the league last year, the nearest competition to him was Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears who was still 268 yards behind the Eagles back.
An impressive season with regards yards gained? Yes, but what about the statistic that really matters?
McCoy was in fact the joint-sixth highest scoring Runningback in the league last year with nine rushing touchdowns, one behind the previously mentioned Adrian Peterson.
Touchdown leaders Marshawn Lynch and the Kansas City Chiefs Jamaal Charles were both three touchdowns ahead of McCoy when the dust was settled.
Perhaps even more impressive for Charles, he had seven receiving touchdowns as oppose to McCoys two.
So I guess the question really comes down to what is more valuable, rushing yards or touchdowns?
Don't worry, I'm not going to try and answer that question cause honestly, there isn't an answer to it, everyone chooses which one they would rather use to judge a player.
Now even if you do judge McCoy to have been the best Runningback in the NFL last season, does one great season mean you're actually the best?
McCoy said that Peterson has held the title of best Runningback for so many years, maybe you have to be the best for several years to actually be called the best.
If we look into the past, actually, lets just go one year prior, the 2012 season, where was McCoy?
Well he was 19th in the league for yards gained with just 840 while he was the 52nd best in terms of rushing touchdowns scoring just two.
His receiving game wasn't much better however as he only scored three receiving touchdowns through the 2012 season.
So can we say that McCoy is THE best Runningback in the league just because he had one good season?
Well Adrian Foster scored 15 rushing touchdowns for the Houston Texans in 2012 and ran for over 1,400 yards.
Then in 2013, he ran for a single solitary touchdown and gained 542 yards.
Did anyone say Foster was the best Runningback in the league in the 2013 off-season? No.
One season doesn't make you the best, doing the job consistently for a number of seasons, thats what gives you the right to call yourself, the best.
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