LeSean McCoy told reporters on Monday that he doesn’t think Eagles HC Chip Kelly likes or respects star players.
“I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest,” McCoy said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think he likes the fact that it’s ‘Chip Kelly and the Eagles.‘ ”
“It was ‘DeSean Jackson – a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver.’ Or ‘The quick, elusive LeSean McCoy,’ ” McCoy added. “I don’t think [Kelly] likes that.”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said that Kelly preferred a north-south runner as opposed to a shifty running back like McCoy, which is why they ultimately signed DeMarco Murray in free agency.
“I read what he said in the media and I agree with it,” McCoy said of Lurie’s comments. “There’s nothing wrong with that. Chip felt like I wasn’t a fit for his offense. But why not say that?
“It’s hard to say that because if you turn on that tape when that [offense] isn’t going I make that [stuff] happen. You see, he can’t say that. But I think that’s how he felt.”
According to McCoy, it was his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who told him that the Eagles were working to trade him to the Bills.
“He called up and he said, ‘Hey, it’s not a joke. Eagles are trying to trade you to the Bills,‘ ” McCoy said. “I’m like, ‘What?‘ ”
After the news broke that McCoy was headed to Buffalo in return for LB Kiko Alonso, reports said that McCoy had no intention of playing for the Bills. However, the two sides managed to workout a new five-year, $40 million contract.
McCoy says that the contract wasn’t what convinced him to play for the Bills, but the team and HC Rex Ryan made him feel wanted and are willing to make him a focal point of their offense.
“Money wasn’t the first reason to make me want to come here,” McCoy said. “Even when I knew [about the contract offer], I was like, ‘I’m not going there. I don’t give a freak what they give me, I’m not going.’ And then I realized it was the best for me. This is a team that wants me. Coach Ryan is a winner and he wants to run the ball.”
McCoy admits that he was intially mad that Kelly and the Eagles decided to trade him, but he’s over it now.
“He’s not the bad dude everybody makes him out to be. He’s just different,” McCoy said of Kelly. “But I don’t really have any hate for him. I really don’t. In the beginning I did, but I don’t. If I see him I’ll speak to him, respectfully – ‘How are you doing, coach? Good luck.’ ”