Just one year removed from winning the NFL rushing title, RB LeSean McCoy was shipped off to Buffalo by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
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Former Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said that his relationship with Chip Kelly was strained in their years together, but noted that Kelly was quick to get rid of the team’s best black players.
In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, McCoy – who the Eagles traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso – said Kelly was “uncomfortable” with him and was too controlling for McCoy to handle.
“The relationship was never really great,” McCoy said. “I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason… It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”
Before the start of the 2014 season, Kelly cut Pro Bowl WR Desean Jackson – but retained controversial WR Riley Cooper, who got into hot water with the team after he was recorded making racially-charged statements at a concert.
Back in March, ProFootballTalk noted that sports commentator Stephen A. Smith implied that there may have been ulterior motives to Chip Kelly’s eagerness to get rid of Jackson and McCoy.