Kelly wins over McCoy


College coaches don’t always succeed at the NFL level.  For college coaches with no prior connection to the NFL, the challenge can be even steeper.

After years of being the king of a college town, with a largely toothless media and full control over the football program and no one in the institution with the power to push him around, it’s not easy to walk into a locker room full of men, some of whom are making more money than the coach.

Chip Kelly is making the transition, despite having no prior NFL connection.  Apart from adjusting his approach to offense to fit the skills of his players (a smart move) and loosening up the blind insistence on a pedal-to-the-metal approach at all times, Kelly has found a way to connect with his players at the professional level.

As explained by Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kelly has found a way to reach common ground with running back LeSean McCoy.  On Sunday at Tampa, Kelly and McCoy engaged in a brief yelling match regarding whether McCoy should have hit the hole on a running play.  McCoy said there was no hole; Kelly insisted otherwise.

Per McLane, Kelly later realized McCoy was right — and Kelly apologized to McCoy in the presence of the team.

“He has that player mentality, attitude, where he’s fired up,” McCoy said earlier this week regarding Kelly generally.  “Sometimes he’s talking to me like he’s out there running.  We talk, and he challenged me to do different things.  I like a [coach] that challenges some of this top players, where most coaches might let their guys go. . . .

“He’s gives me a different approach than other coaches because he wants me to be great,” McCoy added. “There’s times he’ll ask me, ‘How great do you want to be?’ . . . .

“We talk all the time. It’s never a negative thing,” McCoy said. “We never have a problem with each other. I love Coach Kelly, and I’m so happy he’s here.”

As the Eagles start winning more games, others will be feeling the same way.  And if Kelly can beat the Cowboys on Sunday, ending an eight-game home losing streak, folks in Philly will be downright ecstatic.

23 responses to “Kelly wins over McCoy

  1. dropped a pens fan at the flyers game on thursday. cant wait to do the same to some cowgirl fans on sunday.

  2. Lol! Until you guys start losing. Everyone loves their coach with a winning record, but when ish hits the fan it’s all about what and how you respond. As a Giants fan I hope the worst, especially to guys like Mccoy, but I have a feeling that with Foles at the helm they may be a team to make some noise. No Super Bowl tho. Team is still not consistent

  3. Shady is the best RB in the league this year…. And AP, Marshawn, and JCharles in the league this year, that is saying a lot

  4. McCoy is one of the top 3 backs in football and probably the most versatile and complete back. I live in MN and watch AP all the time he is a great runner but has stone hands and can’t block a paper bag lol Foster and McCoy can do it all I have more respect for them (especially after the way Peterson handled the incident with his son)

  5. Philly4loser

    You mean you physically assaulted another person because he was wearing a different jersey then your team and you intend to do the same on Sunday?

    What a great a post!

    I’m sure you make your family proud.

    Why don’t you push someone in a wheel chair down the stairs and post about how cool you are?

    Your a disgrace as a human being.

  6. Philly 4 Philly you are a punk. Anybody that talks about “dropping a guy” in print is a BS artist and a coward. That being said Kelly is the next great NFL coach in the mold of a Sean Peyton.

  7. Philly4lyfe thanks for reinforcing the stereotype you douche. You’re the a-hole who makes people think we’re all inbred Neanderthals.

  8. @philly4lyfe

    “dropped a pens fan at the flyers game on thursday. cant wait to do the same to some cowgirl fans on sunday.”

    Ease up on the ‘roids, Schwarzenegger. Easy to be a tough guy sitting behind the computer screen. You probably got your arss handed to you at the flyers game, and will be going for two in a row on Sunday. Just too much of a Cliche’ response from a classless Eagles fan.

  9. When philly4lyfe says he “dropped a Pens fan”, he means he sucker punched a guy who had no beef with philly4lyfe at all, wasn’t looking at him, and was carrying an armload of food/drinks. Then philly4lyfe proceeded to high five all of his overweight buddies bragging about how bad arse he is.

  10. A Philly fan spat on my 71-year old Aunt years ago when she was dragged to Philly by my uncle, a Bills fan, who travels to one away game a year.

    At that point, I gave up on Philly fans. Police your own or get lumped in with them.

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