By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Everyone has an opinion on Johnny Manziel and no athlete is more willing to give his honest opinion than Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. On Monday on ESPN, that’s exactly what McCoy did when he was asked about Manziel.
“I’m a Johnny-guy, I really am, since college,” McCoy said on ESPN. “He’s played in the best conference [SEC], he’s played well, he has tons of swag, I mean he’s an athlete. He’s a quarterback and I thought he’d be a good matchup for us.”
McCoy, who admitted for a second he thought the Eagles might draft Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick, defended his quarterback Nick Foles.
“Nick is good,” McCoy said. “I don’t think people really appreciate him because he is so new. He can play. I think when we move a guy like Michael Vick, and Michael Vick can still play, to put Nick in the position to start he must be doing something good. You’ll really see this year he’s the real deal.”
When asked about his own game, McCoy is never bashful.
“I’m the best,” McCoy said. “My brother always messes with me when I say I’m the best. He goes ‘Did Adrian Peterson retire? [Peterson] has been doing it for so long. I’m a big fan of his for sure. The last three years, I’ve been All-Pro first-team twice. I never leave the field. I block, I catch. I don’t have anybody else do my job—I do it myself.”
McCoy also supported the Eagles front office, which chose to release two polarizing players in Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson and electrifying quarterback Michael Vick.
“I don’t really judge the decision making from the front office, from Howie [Roseman] or from Chip [Kelly] because I support them,” McCoy explained. “I know they’ll do whatever it takes to win games and that’s what really matters. One thing with Coach Kelly is he wants to win and that was obvious in Oregon. So whatever it takes for this team, he wants to win. Going in the direction in moving DeSean Jackson and Mike Vick, he must have felt like that was the way of winning. And then you bring in [Darren] Sproles where we’re going to do so many things in the backfield together.”