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Appearing as a guest on the Rich Eisen Show, LeSean McCoy talked about his trade, and if he thinks Chip Kelly knows what he’s doing:
“I didn’t understand it. I should say that. And Chip, I think is a really good coach. I think this is something different for him kind of managing both … I see that they originally were trying to get Frank Gore and he backed out so then when they got DeMarco and they got Ryan Mathews I thought it was like a panic move.”
You know what? Maybe it was a panic move, but — granted, before a snap has been played — it looks like it worked out pretty well.
There’s the note LeSean McCoy passed along on his Instagram last night. Noticeably absent: Chip Kelly. No surprise. Quick video that accompanied it is after the jump.
Quick note about today: A lot of stuff we didn’t get to yesterday coming up today. And yes, that includes RADIO WARS. Continue reading
Nice job by G Giovanni on YouTube. Little misty in here.
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It can’t be official until next week, but it certainly looks like the Eagles are in the market for a new running back. And why not look in the same place you looked before. According to Pro Football Talk, just one year after making a move to get Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles are interested in picking up potentially-former Saint Mark Ingram in free agency.
Ingram, who PFT ranked as the third best likely free agent running back behind DeMarco Murray and C.J. Spiller (Eagles interested in them, too?), had a Pro Bowl (replacement) year last year with nine touchdowns and 964 rushing yards on 4.3 yards per attempt. McCoy averaged 4.2 yards per attempt but outran Ingram by 355 yards. Ingram’s downhill running style may be appealing to Chip Kelly, according to PFT, and the Eagles would now have much more cap room than the Saints do to offer him a deal. It’s all part of the plan, seemingly, to turn the Eagles into Chip Kelly Presents: Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, assembled by Chip Kelly™.
For what it’s worth, Ingram is 17 months younger than McCoy.
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While everyone from Sal Pal to Randall Cunningham to Marcus Mariota is stoking the “Mariota to the Eagles” fire, current Eagles are backing Nick Foles as their quarterback.
Last week, LeSean McCoy backed up Nick Foles:
“I think Nick’s a good quarterback. He’s the leader of our team. Things just didn’t work out for him this year due to injury, but we’ve got his back. As a team, we didn’t play well enough to win and get into the playoffs.”
Shady’s thoughts are more “it wasn’t Nick’s fault” than “Nick is our QB of the future,” but Jordan Matthews takes it all a step further. “I think everyone has seen the type of production he can have. Before he got hurt he was 6-2,” Matthews told Fox Sports. “It goes without saying what he did his first year when he got the opportunity to play a whole season. I believe he’s a great quarterback and our franchise quarterback.”
So that’s two behind Foles and dozens of crazy people wanting to trade up to number one to get Mariota. Get ready for four more months of this.
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Though LeSean McCoy was named to his third Pro Bowl this year, he won’t be playing in the game due to a knee injury. Also, he has this party to go to.
According to the Courier Post, McCoy’s reason for skipping the totally pointless game is because of “a knee injury suffered toward the end of the season finale against the Giants.” The injury is not said to be serious. However:
McCoy will still be in Glendale, Ariz., that weekend, however. He is scheduled to host a party the day before the game.
It makes sense. Nothing ruins the morning after a good party like waking up and realizing you have to go get hit by a bunch of big dudes for absolutely no reason. It might cure a hangover, though.
It won’t embed here correctly for a reason I cannot figure out, but you can watch LeSean McCoy getting the Eagles pre-game pumped by quoting the above clip from Any Given Sunday over here — sadly without an Al Pacino impression. The video comes from Evan Mathis’ Sqor page, and even though the season is over and the Eagles lost the game of inches, this is still kind of great.
h/t reader Jon
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LeSean McCoy would like to stay an Eagle, but he’s seen what happened with DeSean and it worries him. Chip Kelly said he’d like him to come back, but that it’s not fully up to him. And a lot of people who just bought expensive McCoy jerseys are gonna be really bummed if he is moved. That’s a lot of people, because McCoy’s jersey was number one among running backs this year, at least according to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
This, of course, doesn’t take into account any jersey bought at NFL.com, the Eagles’ website, or any place that’s not a Dick’s Sporting Goods. But at least at Dick’s, Shady’s jersey was the number six top seller, and the only running back in the top ten. That would mean a possible Shady move could lead to tossed jerseys, out-of-date tailgate shirts, or taped-over names a la DeSean Jackson and Nnamdi Asomugha. But for now, people are still buying them up.