There are two things we do know for certain. First, the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East in 2013, and second, LeSean McCoy was the league’s best running back last year. So when asked by Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post about the New York Giants’ active off season, McCoy could have taken the high road.
Instead, McCoy came out with this gem, “I’m not paying attention to the Giants. What have they done? Signed some guys. Big deal.”
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), McCoy had an overall rating of +31.0 for the 2013 NFL season. If that does not seem impressive to you, consider that an average season is 0.0, and you begin to understand how good he was last year.
But the star running back struggled against the Giants a season ago, averaging only 2.75 yards per carry; which was more than 2 yards below his career per attempt rushing average. In a season where McCoy had seven games with more than 100 yards rushing, “Shady” had a combined 98 yards rushing in two games against the G-men.
So why the bravado?
Perhaps underneath it all, McCoy understands that the Eagles rode a perfect storm to the division title. The Giants scuffled through a sub-.500 season, and the Washington Redskins imploded in the final year of Mike Shanahan’s reign as coach.
In fact, the “Birds” barely defeated the Tony Romo-less Cowboys (24-22) to win the division, only to lose to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs.
Chances are that the Eagles will be favored to win the division again in 2014, in which case McCoy may find out that it is harder to stay on top than it is to get there.