LeSean McCoy appears to take another shot at Chip Kelly
Given the acrimony expressed by LeSean McCoy towards Chip Kelly following his trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, perhaps it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the running back utilized the national stage afforded by appearing on “Thursday Night Football” to take a shot at his former coach.
McCoy was being interviewed following the Bills’ 22-17 triumph over the New York Jets when his praise of head coach Rex Ryan appeared to simultaneously be a potshot at Kelly.
“He’s been good to us, he’s a player coach… small example, like we had a short week, for this week,” McCoy said of Ryan, via Crossing Broad. “We didn’t practice at all. Walkthroughs, more mental. Because the guys are banged up. You know, you play a physical game like this, you need time to get your body healed up, you need rest and recovery. Things like that, that some coaches don’t look forward to doing. That’s a small example. That’s something that Rex does.”
As noted by NJ.com’s Elliot Shorr-Parks, McCoy’s comments, if they were indeed a shot at Kelly, echo in tone sentiments expressed by then-Eagles-now-Seahawks cornerback Cary Williams about Kelly pushing players too hard in practice during his time with the team.
McCoy previously made headlines related to his negative feelings about Kelly shortly after his trade to the Bills, when he alleged that the Eagles head coach got rid of “all the good black players” on the team. McCoy later became testy with the media when posed with questions about his comments.
The firestorm ignited by McCoy’s comments inspired Ryan to say he will never “muzzle” players and allows them to speak their mind. This is perhaps one more reason why McCoy views Ryan as a player’s coach.