Is LeSean McCoy the best running back in NFL or isn't he?
It all depend on who is doing the talking. LeSean McCoy says he is the best all around running back in the NFL. He has also touted his on the field numbers as poof. Then there is Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings who last month chided McCoy for his comments.
"I definitely started laughing," Peterson stated in a quote on Pennlive.com "It was funny because when Stephen [A. Smith] asked him the question, you know, he kind of hesitated. If you watched it, you know he didn't believe it when he said it. So I've got to tell the youngsters, 'Next time, say it with your chest, man. Say it like you mean it!", "he didn't really mean it," because he hesitated before making the comments.
In response to Peterson's comments McCoy on Monday at the Nova Care complex had this to say "“I don’t know if he’s joking or what. I don’t know how to take that. I play the game and it speaks for itself. I don’t know what that meant. I don’t understand what he was getting at.”
How do the two backs measure up?
Both running backs have been very productive over the last three seasons. Adrian Peterson racked up 4,3333 rushing yards in that time span giving him a slight edge over LeSean McCoy who has 3,786 rushing yards. The edge in rushing yards goes to Peterson. However add in McCoy's 154 catches for 1,227 yards compared to Peterson's 87 catches for 527 yards and the edge goes to McCoy by 123 yards.
In the area of touchdowns Peterson has a slight edge with his 37 touchdowns over the last three years 1 more than McCoy who has 36 touchdowns.
By the numbers McCoy appears to have slight edge over Peterson and may appear to be a more complete running back which in his opinion gives him some bragging rights but as far being better than Peterson there is still some room for argument. An argument which McCoy should have waited to voice at a different time in his career, say after a few more seasons of being the best in the league.
Check out Peterson's career stats here.
Check out McCoy's career stats here.