As shocked as the world was to hear that LeSean McCoy was going to Buffalo, few were as surprised as Bills head coach Rex Ryan.
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Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan told the media on Tuesday that he was “stunned” to learn that the Philadelphia Eagles were willing to trade former NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy to them in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso.
At the NFL Coaches Meeting, Rex Ryan said he and the other members of the Bills were amazed to see that the Eagles were willing to offer a player of the caliber of McCoy, even if it did cost them a key defensive player.
“We were just kinda like stunned there for a little bit. We were like really? Wow,” Ryan said. “Obviously, we were interested, and then the trade came down. We knew it wasn’t gonna be cheap by any stretch, and losing a player like Kiko Alonso is obviously a steep price, but we felt really good about it.”
A second round pick by the Eagles in 2009, McCoy would become one of the best RBs in the NFL for six straight seasons. In 2011, McCoy led the NFL with 17 rushing TDs and 20 total TDs. In 2013, McCoy was the NFL’s leading rusher with a league-leading 314 carries for 1,607 yards and 100.4 yards per game along with 2,146 yards from scrimmage.
Alonso, who the Bills traded to the Eagles to acquire McCoy, missed all of 2014 with an ACL injury, but in 2013 he was arguably the best ILB in the entire NFL – winning Rookie of the Year honors in some publications but failing to capture the main award which went to DT Sheldon Richardson. In 2013, Alonso recorded over 150 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 4 INTs, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.