Were there really 101 players in the NFL who were better than LeSean McCoy in 2016?
Pro Football Focus thinks so. The analytics website recently released an article running through those top 101 players, and the Buffalo Bills' running back was nowhere to be found on it.
That's hard to believe after a season in which McCoy rushed for 1,267 yards -- sixth in the NFL -- and added 356 receiving yards to go with 14 total touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season.
"He had without a doubt an excellent season, but fell short of the 101 list by a narrow margin," PFF's Sam Monson wrote in an article explaining 10 notable snubs. "The single biggest thing that kept McCoy out was his performance as a blocker. This may seem like an insignificant thing for a running back, but in today’s league, backs need to be able to pass block, or their quarterbacks are in trouble. That’s why rookie runners often don’t see the field in passing situations, and it’s why complete backs are still such a valuable commodity — they can be trusted to keep their QBs upright.
McCoy was kept in to block 92 times this season, and earned a pass-blocking grade of 37.1 — the worst mark of any running back in the NFL. On those 92 snaps, he allowed 13 total QB pressures. McCoy was certainly in the conversation in the latter stages of the list, and would be among the next few names to go on it, but was ultimately kept off by his blocking performance."
The only member of the Bills to make the top 101 was left guard Richie Incognito.
Monson pointed out that the Bills averaged 5.7 yards per carry on runs going immediately to either side of Incognito's block.
"In 2015, Richie Incognito’s return to the game saw him post the best season of his career, and while he didn’t quite match it in 2016, he did back it up with another excellent season, and was a clear top-10 guard in the NFL," Monson writes. "Incognito was a key part of the Buffalo running game, which was one of the best in the league, buoyed by QB Tyrod Taylor’s ability to make plays with his legs. Incognito also allowed 23 total QB pressures all season."