Howie Roseman fixed many Chip Kelly mistakes, couldn’t bring back LeSean McCoy

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One of the most impressive accomplishments of the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles is how quickly they’ve rebounded from the disastrous 2015, when Chip Kelly took full control of personnel and ran the roster into the ground. After Kelly was fired, Howie Roseman took the reins and has done admirable work rebuilding the Eagles.

Roseman practiced addition by subtraction in getting rid of many of Kelly’s favorite players, including DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews, Jordan Matthews, Sam Bradford and Byron Maxwell, flipping many of them in trades that yielded draft picks and better players.

One change Roseman could not make, however, was reversing the trade of running back LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso, one of Kelly’s favorite players dating back to their time at Oregon together. But Roseman tried to bring McCoy back: According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Roseman contacted the Bills with a trade offer for McCoy, but the Bills turned him down.

The Eagles’ running back has played well with the other running backs Roseman acquired, including LeGarrette Blount, Wendall Smallwood, Corey Clement and the newest arrival, Jay Ajayi. But McCoy would add another element to the offense — an element Roseman still regrets losing.

41 responses to “Howie Roseman fixed many Chip Kelly mistakes, couldn’t bring back LeSean McCoy

  1. Depends on what the actual offer was

    Love Shady on the field, but he makes an awful lot of money in today’s NFL for a running back. He makes more than all 3 of the Eagles RB’s combined

  2. Shady is happy in Buffalo. Philly’s loss. But, they seem to be well stocked at RB with guys that compliment Wentz’s aggressive passing game.

  3. Chip Kelly screwed up so bad, his team made it all the way to the super bowl. Lol. I understand the battle between Roseman and Kelly, and we all had to choose which side we were on, but Kelly did a goid job of eliminating some of the guys who weren’t 100% team orientated.

  4. The Bradford trade was great, but let’s not overstate things: The Eagles are in the Super Bowl because they drafted Carson Wentz, and signed Foles to back him up. And they’re better coached. Period. Kelly didn’t decimate the roster.

  5. You know the 49ers hired Chip Kelly a nanosecond after the Eagles fired him? Some blockhead team will do the same thing with Cheerleader Tomlin if he ever gets fired. It doesn’t mean it’s the smart thing to do.

  6. so a jets mediocre writer is the one talking about a bills eagles trade that may or may not have been offered. basically a fluff piece for Manish to get click bait. Since no jet fans take this guy seriously he hopes some other team will

  7. irishgary says:
    I think everyone knows the Eagles fleeced the Vikings on the Bradford trade.
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    The Vikings have a history of getting fleeced in trades….

  8. People still hating on how Chip screwed the team up so bad when in reality he helped them. This team wouldn’t be in this position if Chip didn’t make all those dumb moves.

  9. Not sure the Vikings got fleeced in the Bradford trade. They got a high caliber QB who mastered their offense in about 20 minutes and looked great right out of the gate. Would you be saying this if Bradford never got hurt?

  10. Can’t pay everyone. If they had reacquired McCoy, then you don’t have Darby and possibly draft picks. You also don’t have the cap space for Alshon Jefferey or multiple other players.

    I like McCoy but there would be multiple players missing from this Superbowl roster if he had been reacquired. The Eagles don’t have one running back that can replace McCoy but combined the running backs can give you 85% of McCoy for 1/5th the cost.

    I think McCoy not returning was in the best interest of the Eagles.

  11. It’s funny how people sometimes act like Chip Kelly’s time in Philly was a complete, utter failure. Did they bring home a Lombardi trophy? No. Did they win 2 games a year? No to that as well.
    10-6
    10-6
    6-9 before getting fired

    Everyone knew beforehand it would take time to adjust and get his system in place. He was not given enough time.

  12. corkspop says:
    February 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Not sure the Vikings got fleeced in the Bradford trade. They got a high caliber QB who mastered their offense in about 20 minutes and looked great right out of the gate. Would you be saying this if Bradford never got hurt?
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    I was thinking the same thing, but then I thought about Bradford’s injury history. In that context, looks like a clear win for PHI.

  13. We don’t often speak of head coaches/personnel directors as a bust, but Chip Kelly was a huge bust for the Eagles. It is indeed impressive how Howie Roseman turned things around.
    And yes, the Bills trade with the Eagles to get Shady sure worked out in our favor. I can’t see Kelly ever getting control of personnel again. Wonder what Jeffrey Lurie was thinking.

  14. Why is it so accepted getting rid of McCoy was a bad move? Every year the Super Bowl teams show you don’t win with one highly paid running back getting the bulk of his team’s carries. If Bill Belichick took over the Eagles in 2013, the first move he would have made was getting rid of McCoy, too. What has he done for Buffalo?

  15. Trading McCoy wasn’t a mistake. If they still had McCoy, they probably wouldn’t have the cap space to sign many of the players they needed to get where they are now.

  16. One game playing the quarterback position at a high level caused Bradford’s knee time give out and he missed the season. The Eagles got a #1 for a guy who literally can’t play the game but for a few quarters. A blind sheep can see what that is.

  17. McCoy is a special player, having him with Blount and Jay would be great but the odds of all 3 of them on this team this year is highly unlikely if he is here. The other acquisitions also come into question as mentioned in the comments already.

    I enjoyed watching McCoy play but he was always a 3rd down/ receiving back/ all purpose yards type guy. Some games he was just great but I do not miss those TFL’s also stated above.

    The Eagles currently are better off without him, and Id rather have the cap space and picks that it probably would have taken to acquire him used to add depth to the Line, linebackers and such. I dont think McCoy was hated, but he was sometimes very frustrating to watch. I am intrigued to see what he would be able to do with our wham blocking plays though.

  18. Um yeah, that’s pretty much the point. When has Bradford not been hurt?

    corkspop says:
    Not sure the Vikings got fleeced in the Bradford trade… Would you be saying this if Bradford never got hurt?

  19. I thought chip kelly was good in a lot of things he was doing. Two 10-6 seasons and just below .500 the last one. The problem with him was his play calling – oh my god was it bad. He brought in murray and said he wanted a downhill runner and ran him to the sidelines every play – same play over and over. In the end, it was clear he was not going to take us to the promise land. I missed shady – he had his issues, tfl’s but he was just so damn fun to watch. That said, we’re in the big game, howie didn’t pull the trigger because the bills probably wanted to much – we got ajayi who i think is a better in our system..lets just keep it moving. They win this game howie can do whatever he wants for years to come!

  20. corkspop says:
    February 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Not sure the Vikings got fleeced in the Bradford trade. They got a high caliber QB who mastered their offense in about 20 minutes and looked great right out of the gate. Would you be saying this if Bradford never got hurt?

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    When is Bradford not hurt?

  21. “People still hating on how Chip screwed the team up so bad when in reality he helped them. This team wouldn’t be in this position if Chip didn’t make all those dumb moves.eople still hating on how Chip screwed the team up so bad when in reality he helped them. This team wouldn’t be in this position if Chip didn’t make all those dumb moves”

    Uhhh. NO!! 25 of the starting 53 werent here last year alone. Anyone that had chips seal of approval is gone…the players that were from his tenure were here before him. Chip has a brilliant mind…Thats why Beli usta pick his brain when he was at Oregon. Its the ego and nasty personality that did him in.People say “they figured out his offense…well if he was smart enough to fool the league his first year I’m sure he was smart enough to come up with adjustments to fool them again…he’s a genius…just ask him.

  22. birdsin2018 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    NO!! 25 of the starting 53 werent here last year alone. Anyone that had chips seal of approval is gone

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    Lane Johnson, Darren Sproles, Malcom Jenkins, Jordan Hicks, Zack Ertz

  23. I don’t Kelly getting rid of McCoy was the problem, but it was an awful trade. Bringing in another big money in Murray was the issue. It never made any sense.

  24. @corkspop says:
    February 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Not sure the Vikings got fleeced in the Bradford trade. They got a high caliber QB who mastered their offense in about 20 minutes and looked great right out of the gate. Would you be saying this if Bradford never got hurt?
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    Bradfords record is 9-8 as a Viking, he missed 15 games, gave up a first round pick who has been solid this year, and they get a 4th round this year.

    Bradford has a long history of being hurt.

    So yes I will still say the Vikings were fleeced

  25. Chip’s biggest issue was that he never could make the change from coaching 18-22 year olds versus true adults. Any push back or any perception on his part that they were not 100% bought in and they were gone. Shady was given away for almost nothing and Jackson was cut. Guys like Riley Cooper were featured even though he really should have been a 4th receiver. Then Chip refused to take any ownership when things started to go wrong. He directly blamed the players. Chip’s system meanwhile is fine for younger college kids because they won’t be in it forever. However, when you have miles on you then the system is going to wear you out in a couple of years. The combination of bad player personnel deals and his system resulted in that horrible 3rd year. I think he will do great in college again.

  26. It might have been an OK trade for Minn if Bradford could ever stay healthy. That just isn’t the case. The Eagles getting Barnett with that pick is going to look really good for the foreseeable future. The kid is a stud.

  27. irishgary says:
    “I think everyone knows the Eagles fleeced the Vikings on the Bradford trade.”
    Best part of that trade, 1st and 4th from Vikes for Sam, was that the 1st that was gotten from the Vikes was turned into Derek Barnett, who striped/fumbled Case Keenum in the NFCCG

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