NFC East Watch: McCoy Says Chip Kelly Doesn’t Like Stars
LeSean McCoy was traded to the Bills in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso last month
Last month, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly set the tone for what’s been a crazy offseason for the team when he traded LeSean McCoy--the franchise’s all-time rushing leader--to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who played for Kelly at Oregon.
Publicly, the Eagles have chalked the move up to money, as well as a concern that McCoy’s running style doesn’t fit with Kelly’s offense. But McCoy himself believes another factor played a role in his sudden departure from Philly
"I don't think [Kelly] likes or respects the stars. I'm being honest,” McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think he likes the fact that it's 'Chip Kelly and the Eagles.’”
McCoy points to the sudden release of DeSean Jackson, a little over a year ago, to support his theory. Jackson was cut in late March, 2014, following the best statistical season of his career and his third Pro Bowl nod in six seasons with the Eagles.
"It was 'DeSean Jackson--a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver.' Or 'the quick, elusive LeSean McCoy,'” McCoy said. “I don't think [Kelly] likes that.”