Cardinals head coach and hat-enthusiast Bruce Arians refused to make a move for RB LeSean McCoy despite a need at the position.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said that he knew former Philadelphia Eagles star RB LeSean McCoy was available for a trade but refused to make an offer for him.
In an interview with NFL Network, Arians complimented McCoy, but wasn’t convinced the Cardinals needed to make a move for him.
“No, it wasn’t a good fit for us,” Arians said.
McCoy was traded from the Eagles to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso. In 2013, Alonso was the runner up for Defensive Rookie of the Year and was one of the highest rated LBs in the NFL. But he missed all of 2014 with an ACL tear.
“Great move for Buffalo,” Arians said. “Not that Alonso is not a great player – I think he’s going to be, coming off (ACL) surgery – but when you have LeSean’s resume, that kind of speaks for itself.”
Since 2010, McCoy has led the NFL in total rushing yards with over 6,000 – outpacing RBs Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.
When asked why Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made the controversial trade, Arians said it was part of Kelly making his imprint on the team.
“Chip is building his culture there, and he’s doing one heck of a job,” Arians said.
Arians and Kelly both took over their teams as their first NFL head coaching jobs in 2013.
Kelly’s team went to the playoffs in 2013 but missed the playoffs in 2014 after a late-season collapse. Arians’ team missed the playoffs in 2013 but made it in 2014 – the Cardinals’ first trip to the playoffs since 2009 – but promptly lost to the Carolina Panthers in the worst offensive performance in NFL playoff history.