“I don’t understand why he’s not talked about as the best back in this league,” Brooking said. “I mean, I’m sure you can argue a couple of guys, but he’s right there at the top.”
McCoy’s stats this season support Brooking’s case for him. McCoy ranks second in the league behind Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew with 1,274 rushing yards. His 17 rushing touchdowns easily lead the league. And McCoy has added another 305 yards and three touchdowns on 47 receptions.
McCoy’s best performance came in the Eagles’ Oct. 30 rout over the Cowboys. McCoy rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in that game, recording the most prolific rushing performance against the Cowboys in more than a decade.
“Some of the plays were just Shady just made an unbelievable play,” Brooking said. “Guys were in position, they were where they were supposed to be, and he’s just the best at what he does in this league. I would argue that with anybody.
“Then some of it was we weren’t [gap] responsible. When a guy like that makes a couple of plays in the running game, I’ve been in games where you’re like, ‘Aw, man, I’ve got to do a little something more. I’ve got to do a little extra. This guy is unbelievable.’ You start to do that and guys are out of gaps and you’re not playing that responsibility, and it’s kind of a snowball.”