Stephen A. Smith Vehemently Disagrees With Herm Edwards On LeSean McCoy
Don't get it twisted: Stephen A. Smith pushes the bombastic hot takes around Bristol. That's what he does. That's his territory. So when he watched Herm Edwards blow his lid over LeSean McCoy's pointed criticism of Chip Kelly on "NFL Live" Wednesday, Smith must've felt like his style was being cramped. Naturally, the loudest member of the "First Take" had to issue a half-hour condemnation of Edwards assertion that players should just shut up and play.
His rebuttal was all over the place. It was also very loud and included several compulsory "but he's a very dear friend" reminders.
Here's what McCoy said, for context.
"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."
And here's what Edwards said in protest...
This ain’t professional football, man. It ain’t about you. It’s not about you anymore. The players think it’s all about them. It ain’t about them. It’s about the game of football, man. I’m done with this mess, man.
The basic gist of his rant (which you can watch at the top of the page) was that LeSean McCoy shouldn't comment on his former coach -- even when asked about him several times by reporters -- because there's no room in football for anyone who isn't an automaton. Smith was adamant that Edwards is missing the point that McCoy was referencing his personal opinion that Chip Kelly is something of a racist, which gives him ample reason to comment on extraneous topics ahead of Sunday's Bills-Eagles game.
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