Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) acknowledges the fans during the closing ceremony following the game against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson on LeSean McCoy’s comments: ‘He didn’t really mean it’

Philadelphia Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy is coming off of a phenomenal 2013 season, and he recently told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he believes he is the best running back in the NFL right now. Of course, most people would state that Adrian Peterson is the league’s best RB by some margin, even with the likes of Marshawn Lynch and McCoy deserving massive praise in their own rights. AP didn’t post the kind of numbers last season that he usually does, but he was still fantastic. Peterson forced a high degree of missed tackles, and he did it behind worse blocking this season and some nagging injuries during the tail end of the year.

FOX Sports’s Jay Mohr asked Peterson about his thoughts on Shady’s comments, and he replied that he doesn’t think McCoy actually believes he is the best RB in the NFL. “All Day” said, “He didn’t really mean it. If you watched his response (he didn’t mean it). I’ve got to give the young guy credit because there is nothing wrong having confidence in yourself. But, you’ve got to speak with more truth. He’s a heck of a running back and I like his style, so I won’t get on him too much.”

It’s a pretty great response from Peterson, and it’s the diplomatic one. Instead of getting into a pissing contest with McCoy, Peterson praises another great back (he calls him “a heck of a running back”), his style, and his confidence, but Peterson makes sure to assert his own confidence in himself in a casual response. Not only is Peterson an elite player, but he’s darn good at avoiding questions that can seem like traps.

Tags: Adrian Peterson LeSean McCoy Minnesota Vikings Philadelphia Eagles

  • trinity

    Excellent response from AP. shady is not as good as him, but he didn’t diss him Richard Sherman style. He’s just going to continue being the best in the game until he decides to walk away.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Different style running backs. Both are great. McCoy had a better 2013. I think they both have something to prove this year.

    • trinity

      I think AP is above every running back in the league, and the race for second place is what interests me the most :). I like shady, I like marshawn, and I like Jamal Charles. I think one of those guys is second best, and it’s an interesting debate to me. Would you take shady over those 2 guys because you’re an eagle?

      • Dr Muon Funk

        I’d take Shady over AP. I like shifty backs more than power runners. I also like a back that can line up in the slot and excel in the screen game. I think AP is great. Just prefer open space running backs. Marshawn is closer to AP and Charles is closer to Shady. All great backs. Coach may also have helped Shady so as I mentioned it’s a new year.

        • trinity

          I’d definitely take AP over any back, and it’s not a hard decision to me at all. I like shady and Charles. Shady because of his talent, and charles for what he carries on his back. He isn’t part of the chiefs offense, he IS the chiefs offense. You’re right, they are all great at what they do.

          • Joe Soriano

            I love watching the top backs in this league, because they are all so good and have some really nice trademark moves. Lynch’s power and cutting, McCoy’s agility and all-around ability, Peterson’s pure dominance, and Charles’s speed and vision.