Bills: Shady talks 10K chase as he closes in, adds goals to his list (video)
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK – Nothing is ever set in stone in the NFL, but the day is (likely) here.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has talked since training camp about his “10k chase” and the elusive, all-pro back is a mere Dominic Hasek 39-yards away from accomplishing his goal.
However, the 29-year-old who hash-tags nearly all of his social media posts with “#10kchase” and who is never modest about his craft, downplayed the chance to surpass the plateau on Sunday at New Era Field as the Miami Dolphins (6-7) head to town.
“It’s hard to really look at my career right now, because we’re still kind of in the playoff hunt. We need big wins to have a shot,” McCoy said.
Buffalo offensive lineman Richie Incognito has certainly played his part for McCoy. The two have been teammates since 2015 in Buffalo and Incognito had the lead block on the last carry McCoy had, a 21-yard scamper in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts last week to give Buffalo a 13-7 win.
While McCoy didn’t reflect much on the potential history, Incognito did.
“It’s definitely a big piece of his legacy. 10,000 yards, he’s special. I really can’t say enough good things about him, especially after a walk-off touchdown win. I think his 36, or 39 yards, we were trying to get it last game, but we’re excited to get it this game,” Incognito said.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not play last Sunday, but was in the locker room at halftime and said some folks around the room thought McCoy could have met the milestone during the second half as McCoy eventually finished the game with 156 yards.
“We’re very aware. They were talking about it at halftime this past weekend. I mean, it’s motivation for him to go out and continue to keep performing the way he’s performing, as well as motivation to the offensive line. They want to see Shady, as well as we all want to see Shady, get to 10,000 yards. We want to help him do it,” Taylor said.
Whether McCoy reaches his goal next game or beyond, he said he never imagined he’d be in a position so close where he can taste it.
“No. I remember just [being] 20 years old, getting into the NFL, being around guys like Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid, I was happy to be there,” McCoy said. “Then as I got better and things kept going well for me, I started feeling like ‘hey, I can be good in this league’ and maybe someday, guys can be coming into the NFL talking about me like I talked about them guys.”
As McCoy alluded to, as time passed, so did goals. With 10K in his crosshairs, he already has other goals lined up behind it.
“Even now, 10,000 is something I want to do, but the main goal is I want to get 12 [thousand]. I want to get 12, surpass 12,000. That would be nice for me,” McCoy said.
He later added:
“That’s something else, I want to win a ring. 10,000 [yards] is a big part, don’t get me wrong, but I have a lot more things to accomplish.”
For more from McCoy, see the attached video. McCoy and the Bills (7-6) will host the Dolphins at 1 p.m. on Sunday at New Era Field.