Eagles RB coach on Chip Kelly: 'Not a racist at all'
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/4/15) Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn't catch a break when former running back LeSean McCoy didn't reverse course on on Tuesday about his comments that the coach uses race as a determining factor on whether to keep a player.
"Chip is not a racist at all," Staley said. "Chip and I work well together. I mean, everybody has their own opinion. I'm not here to talk about [Tra Thomas] or to talk about what McCoy is talking about. I know from my relationship with Chip, that's definitely far-fetched. We're all here to do a job, and that's football, so don't take a chapter and make it a book."
After being traded to the Bills, McCoy said in an interview with ESPN The Magazine that Kelly "got rid of all the good black players."
Bills RB LeSean McCoy doesn't reverse course on Chip Kelly comments
McCoy spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since accusing Kelly of prioritizing race when it came to making player personnel decisions. He didn't reverse course and stood by his original comments.
"I don't have to explain myself to nobody," McCoy said when asked to elaborate on his assertions. "Nobody. I don't. I said what I said, said what I felt at the time and I'm done with that."
McCoy said of Kelly before:
"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 players - the good ones - like that."
Kelly responded to McCoy's comments by saying he was "wrong" and that race has never been a factor in whether to keep or release a player.
McCoy rushed for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles last season.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy out Wednesday with neck injury
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/27/15) Bills running back LeSean McCoy did not take part in OTAs Wednesday due to a neck injury that wasn't deemed serious, per ESPN.com.
McCoy sat out team drills, partially because Bills coach Rex Ryan did not want to take any chances during this early stage of the season. "We don't need him out there," Ryan said.
Bills would like 300 carries from LeSean McCoy
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/21/15) New Bills running back LeSean McCoy has led the NFL with 627 carries over the last two seasons. He shouldn't expect a reduction in his workload on his new team.
Bills' running backs coach Anthony Lynn said, "I’d love to see him get that many rushes. If he’s getting that many touches, that means that we’re winning ball games, we’re running the ball. We’re controlling time of possession. We’re setting up the play action. We’re doing some good things if he touches it that many times," per the Buffalo News.
"I think he’s got a lot of good years left in him at 27, going into his seventh season," he said. "I talk to the guys all the time about Curtis Martin. This guy led the league in rushing his ninth year."
LeSean McCoy was traded from the Eagles to the Bills this offseason in exchange for Kiko Alonso, and we don't expect him to suffer much despite the change of scenery. He loses a great system with Chip Kelly, and the offensive line in Philadelphia is better than in Buffalo. But McCoy should be the focal point of the Bills offense, and with Rex Ryan as the head coach you can expect plenty of running, especially with a poor quarterback scenario. McCoy was a stud in 2013 when he was the No. 2 Fantasy running back in standard leagues with 314 carries for 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns and 52 catches for 539 yards and two touchdowns. He struggled last year as the No. 12 running back with 312 carries for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns and 28 catches for 155 yards. The addition of Darren Sproles, some offensive line issues in the beginning of the season and McCoy running at less than 100 percent led to his down year, but he should still remain a Top 10 Fantasy running back with the chance to be a Top 5 option in all leagues. His reception total should rebound to at least 35, and he should get 300-plus carries with the chance for 1,500-plus total yards and eight touchdowns. He should still be drafted in Round 1 in all formats.