Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Big Blue Morning: LeSean not impressed
By Dan Graziano
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post spoke with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy the other day on a number of topics, including the New York Giants' free-agent spending spree. On the latter, McCoy is not impressed. Per Bart's Twitter page:
LeSean McCoy to me on the Giants: "I'm not paying attention to the Giants. What've they done (this offseason)? Signed some guys. Big deal."
McCoy's Eagles are flying high -- defending division champs with plenty of reason to believe things are just getting started for them as they head into Chip Kelly's second year as their head coach. And in general, McCoy has little reason to view the Giants with much reverence, since the Eagles are 7-3 against the Giants during McCoy's career and the Giants have made the playoffs just one time in those five seasons. Yes, we're all fully aware of the way things ended up the year they did make it, but the point here is the Giants aren't keeping McCoy up at night in the first place.
So the comment likely comes from a place of honesty and not false bravado. McCoy's time in the NFL has not given him much reason to think the Giants are better than his team is. He also was part of a 2011 Eagles team that "signed some guys" in the offseason and saw it not work out too well, so excuse him for not being impressed with a free-agent signing spree.
But man oh man is it foolish to think you know what's going to happen in the NFL -- especially when the regular season is still more than four months away. I give full respect to the Eagles' and their fans' right to consider themselves the NFC East's top dogs at the moment. And I have my own doubts about the short-term effectiveness of the Giants' offseason moves. But if I played or cheered for a team in the NFC East here in the second decade of the 21st century, I'd be really careful about assuming I had it all figured out, or that the gap between my team and anyone else's was all that considerable.
This isn't exactly Vince Young blurting out "dream team" in the summer of 2011, and in no way am I saying McCoy should be worrying himself about the Giants' offseason. This was just a chance to point out that no one knows what's going to happen, and it's foolish to act as though you do.