Bitter Bill, Party of One? McCoy Won’t Talk to Chip Kelly
Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said he won’t speak to former head coach Chip Kelly, or shake his hand, when the Buffalo Bills travel to Philadelphia Sunday.
We’re nine months past the day Eagles Kelly traded the franchise’s all-time rushing leader to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy will be in a visitor’s uniform at Lincoln Financial Field for the first time in his career, and he appears to have held the same grudge he had all summer for his former coach.
"I’m not talking to Chip (Kelly). We got nothing to talk about. He can’t call me. He can’t shake my hand. There’s nothing he can do with me. He can’t say s--- to me. It’s as simple as that,” McCoy said.
Kelly followed up his trade of McCoy by signing the NFL’s leading rusher from 2014, DeMarco Murray, away from NFC East rival Dallas. He also signed Ryan Mathews as his backup, to boot. But the Eagles have struggled all season, until a head-shaking win against the formerly undefeated New England Patriots in Week 13.
Buffalo-based reporters asked Kelly Wednesday if he would shake McCoy’s hand after the game, and the coach said, “Yeah, I would want to shake LeSean’s hand.” That precipitated McCoy’s response later on Wednesday. But Kelly’s doing his best to put the fire out on his side.
"I tried to call him after, and I talked to his agent after we traded him," Kelly said. "I always wanted to talk to LeSean. Again, I have no issues with LeSean at all. He did everything we asked him to do when he was here. You guys know him, he's a great personality. He's got an infectious personality. I've got tremendous respect for this man."
Smartly, McCoy said he would shake hands with Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, and with his other former coaches. The issue especially got touchy this summer when McCoy said Kelly “got rid of all the good players, especially the good black players.”
While the Eagles offense has certainly sputtered to a 5-7 record without McCoy and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, they are tied with two other teams for the lead in the especially atrocious NFC East.
Fantasy Football owners are betting that Shady McCoy, who is healthy and running downhill lately, will do everything he can to destroy his former head coach’s playoff hopes.
LeSean McCoy Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff, Getty Images
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