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Bradshaw vs McCoy

We continue our series of comparing NFC East players. First  up was Eli vs Romo. Next was Nicks vs Jackson. Then, it was Osi vs Ware. Yesterday, it was Antrel Rolle against LaRon Landry. Today, the battle for NFC East supremacy is between Ahmad Bradshaw and LeSean McCoy. Let’s do this.

Bradshaw: 58 games, 2,558 yards, 4.8 yards per carry, 44.1 yards per game, 17 touchdowns, .29 touchdowns per game, 126 first downs, 2.17 first downs per game, 23.8% of total first downs, 15 fumbles, 75 receptions, 575 yards, 7.7 yards per reception, 9.9 yards per game

McCoy: 31 games, 1,717 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, 55.4 yards per game, 11 touchdowns, .35 touhchdowns per game, 78 first downs, 2.5 first downs per game, 21% of total first downs, 4 fumbles, 118 receptions, 900 yards, 7.6 yards per reception, 29 yards per game

First caveat is that Bradshaw has been playing longer. McCoy’s first year as a starter was last season. Even though Bradshaw has been playing longer, he has always been part of a rotation, or a duo. So that’s going to limit touchdown chances, short yardage chances. How many times does Jacobs get a first down instead of Bradshaw? Things to keep in mind.

On the big stats, they’re pretty even. Yards per carry are about the same. They both collect a big portion of the team’s first downs. McCoy scores at a bit higher rate, but Jacobs is the end zone guy for the Giants, for the most part. The big difference is out of the backfield, where McCoy is involved a lot more.

Stats are one thing, but I think Bradshaw is much more important to the Giants than McCoy is. The Eagles have a running QB. If Vick had the same amount of carries as McCoy, they would have about the same production (which tells you all you need to know about Mike Vick. A gaudy 6.8 yards per carry last year. Wow). So, the Eagles don’t need McCoy to be a star. The Giants need Bradshaw to be a star. The Giants have always been built on a strong running game. It sets up their play action pass. They’re old school, and will go between the tackles as much as it takes to win a game. Eagles are a bit different. Part of that is because of their QB. Eli’s not going to run like Vick, so they need a very strong running game. Bradshaw, always playing through pain, provides that.

I think McCoy is a very exciting young player, with a world of potential. He has the potential to be a top back in the league. Right now, however, I’m going to go with Bradshaw. Stats might say otherwise, but this is a feel thing. Bradshaw is more important to his team.

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4 Responses to “Bradshaw vs McCoy”

  1. Joe says:

    So bradshaw is better based only on the fact that he is more important?

  2. Adam Y says:

    lets also not forget guys that Bradshaw was playing on TWO injured ankles for most of this past season and the season before that. I believe if he stays healthy this season and doesnt get hurt he will have a big year and put this talk to rest

  3. Jason C. says:

    McCoy is not that special of a running back. It isn’t that hard to take a toss or screen pass when 8 guys are focused on where Vick is going with the football. My money is this year, Vick’s accuracy goes to where we all know it to be, and McCoy’s numbers suffer for it, the lines will be stacked this year.

  4. rudy 29_30 says:

    Bradshaw’s fumbles and receiving skills really hurt him in this debate. McCoy is also a much better receiver. Bradshaw is better in protection. Bradshaw is a better pure runner, but the ball security was really a let down. Through the first half of last season, Bradshaw was a top 5 back before the fumbles derailed his season. This is a tough one to call. They’re both fast, both are agile. You gotta love Bradshaw’s motor. I’d rather be playing against McCoy than be playing against Bradshaw though. When he is on, he is a game changer, and you just wait for him to break a long one. So Bradshaw might be more of an impact player, where McCoy is consistently good on a team of explosive players. Bradshaw IS more important to his team. The Eagles don’t need McCoy to carry the load and make big plays with Vick, Jackson, Maclin and Celek. I think the Giants depend Bradshaw for those electric runs that keep the defense honest and open things up for the passing game. I think Bradshaw makes more happen for himself where as McCoy benefits from being the guy everyone forgets about, and thats why I reluctantly want to give the edge to Bradshaw. But its tight.

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