Rex Ryan: McCoy can have 1,000 yards rushing, receiving

Bills coach Rex Ryan has made no effort to hide his offensive plans for 2015. True to form, he’s not hiding his lofty expectations, either.

Appearing on NFL Network, Ryan said he believes running back LeSean McCoy can notch 1,000 yards rushing and receiving this season.

“LeSean McCoy is a special back, a very talented guy. His merits stand up for themselves, he’s led the league in rushing, but he’s a multi-dimensional guy,” Ryan said, per Profootballtalk.com. “He can dominate a game in the passing game and the running game, so that’s what we’re going to use him for, that Marshall Faulk — does he have 1,000 receiving and 1,000 rushing? That’s a real possibility.”

Faulk, now a Hall-of-Famer, accomplished the feat in 1999 as part of the Rams’ famed “Greatest Show on Turf.” He had 1,381 rushing yards and 1,048 receiving yards that year.

McCoy, acquired via trade back in March, has four 1,000-yard campaigns to his name, and will be a workhorse in Buffalo’s extremely run-oriented offense.

“We’ll have probably the biggest playbook in the history of man in our running game,” Ryan said earlier this month. “Why? Because it’s important to us. We want to be multiple in the running game, and that’s what Greg does. He’s as multiple as … like some people are in the passing game, we can be that way in the running game as well.”

Anyone who knows Ryan will tell you this is his bread and butter. During his time with the Jets, he coined the term “ground-and-pound” offense, a one-dimensional attack that often leads to low scoring, defensive affairs. Just how Rex likes it.

The Bills’ dumpster fire of a quarterback situation — they will trot out either Matt Cassell, E.J. Manuel or Tyrod Taylor as the starter — means opposing defenses will key in on McCoy, making it difficult for Shady to shake free, let alone rewrite the record books.

But, hey, if Ryan can’t have delusions of grandeur in August, when can he?

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Zack Kelberman
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