When it comes to athletes telling you exactly how they feel, former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy ranks right near the top of the list.
Shady treated us to one of his keeping-it-real takes on Monday afternoon when he lashed out at the stat heads over at Pro Football Focus.
"@PFF u guys suck ... a bunch of nerds who never played a lick of football in your whole life," McCoy tweeted.
Was it a Donald Trumpian move, coming seemingly out of nowhere? We're going to guess probably not.
@PFF u guys suck ... a bunch of nerds who never played a lick of football in your whole life.— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) February 13, 2017
Just yesterday the folks over at PFF posted their rankings for the top 101 players from the 2016 NFL season. Shady's name does not appear.
To the part of McCoy's tweet about none of the nerds having played football, that could potentially be true for some of the people doing the actual grading, but one of the owners of the site has played in a couple of Pro Bowls as a wide receiver. That's because Cris Collingsworth invested in the company a couple of years ago because he enjoyed using it.
Now does Shady have a point when arguing about whether he deserves to crack the list? It's tough to say when comparing Eli Apples to Eli Mannings. The folks at PFF say they "take a look at how guys played relative to what is expected from their position." So who really knows.
There are five running backs who crack the list: Zeke Elliot, David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell, Jay Ajayi, and Jordan Howard. All of those listed except Johnson finished the season with more rushing yards than McCoy but Shady did have a better yards-per-attempt than all of them. Johnson (16) and Elliott (15) were the only guys with more rushing TDs than McCoy (13). Johnson and Bell were significantly ahead of McCoy in receiving yards while Zeke had roughly about the same as Shady. There are likely plenty of other aspects of a running back's game that come into play, like blocking for instance, that don't have easily searchable stats to compare. If only five RBs are listed, it isn't a stretch to omit McCoy.
Anyway, Shady isn't happy with the nerds and he isn't afraid to say so. We respect him for that.