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LeSean McCoy doesn’t see DeMarco Murray as a rival for best back title


Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has never run short on confidence, so it should come as no surprise that he doesn’t view Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray among those playing his position who are competing with him for the title of best running back in the NFL.

McCoy made the arguably dismissive comments about Murray in GQ’s NFL preview issue, which hit newsstands on Tuesday. And while he was somewhat complimentary of Murray’s talents — of which he has plenty — it’s clear he doesn’t view him as a rival.

“I think Murray’s good,” McCoy told the magazine, via “But I don’t see him as a competitor as far as the best backs. I like my game a lot.”

Murray of course has proclaimed himself the best back in the league on several occasions, most notably in the spring of 2014 when he drew the ire of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who arguably had the right to be heralded as the best back in the league at the time.

Perhaps the most compelling reason for McCoy’s dismissal of Murray — his replacement in Philly — is the bad blood he has with the Eagles organization. McCoy’s slight of his rival is merely indicative of his belief that there’s no chance Murray will prosper to the degree he did in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Concerning Kelly — who McCoy intimated might be racist in comments made shortly after his arrival in Buffalo — in a preview of the profile published on GQ’s website, the running backs seems to still be hurting by how he was unceremoniously traded by the head coach/mad scientist.

“That was crazy,” McCoy said. “I felt like I’d always be there. I just gotta get used to it.”

The running back appeared to take a shot at the control-freak nature of Kelly by praising the laid-back approach of his head coach with the Bills, Rex Ryan, saying the fiery coach “lets you be a man. He won’t say, ‘Be in bed at ten o’clock,’ or check your sleep. He’s just like: Be professionals.”