LeSean McCoy Hates The Nerds Over At Pro Football Focus
February 13 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
I'll be the first to admit that the statisticians and analysts over at Pro Football Focus, while incredibly adept at what they do, often seem to miss the mark with their grades and rankings. Putting a numeric value on a player's productivity can be insightful and even helpful, but it leaves out the intangibles that are also incredibly important to evaluating a football player.
One example of this is the fact that in their recent list of the top 101 NFL players of 2016, they listed seven edge rushers in the top 50. Now while an elite edge rusher can absolutely be a game changer for a defense, and has the opportunity to disrupt an offense's rhythm more than any other position on the field, they just aren't involved enough on a down-by-down basis to have as much value as PFF gives them.
At least in my humble opinion.
So Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy may have a legitimate reason to gripe about being left off their 2016 list. Unfortunately he chose to employ the "you don't play football so what do you know" argument.
It's an ice-cold take that theorizes that no one who doesn't play professional football can understand a player's value, which is ridiculous. However there are plenty of legitimate reasons to disagree with PFF's methods and the resulting rankings.
In 15 games, McCoy rushed 234 times for 1,267 yards (6th most in NFL) and 13 touchdowns (4th most in the NFL). He also had 50 receptions for 356 yards and a receiving touchdown. It's absurd to think that he was absent from the list while Bills left guard Richie Incognito made the cut.
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