Arians: Cardinals knew McCoy was available, but he’s not the right fit

AP

The Bills weren’t the only team that knew the Eagles were looking to trade running back LeSean McCoy.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on NFL Network that his team knew that McCoy was available in a trade, but decided not to make an offer.

“No, it wasn’t a good fit for us,” Arians said.

Still, Arians thinks highly of McCoy and thinks the Bills improved their team by trading Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia to acquire McCoy.

“Great move for Buffalo,” Arians said. “Not that Alonso is not a great player — I think he’s going to be, coming off surgery — but when you have LeSean’s resume, that kind of speaks for itself.”

So why did the Eagles make the trade? Arians said he sees Chip Kelly as a coach who wants to bring in his guys, who will play his way.

“Chip is building his culture there, and he’s doing one heck of a job,” Arians said.

Having said that, Arians added that he was glad to see McCoy traded out of the conference. Arians may not have thought McCoy was a good fit in Arizona, but he’d prefer not to have to face him.

50 responses to “Arians: Cardinals knew McCoy was available, but he’s not the right fit

  1. I’m starting to realize that LeSean McCoy is more Chris Johnson than Jamaal Charles. #TeamPlayersWanted

  2. “It wasn’t a good fit for us” Really? McCoy would have given your team a legitimate run game – He alone has better numbers than your entire run game combined. The guy should have no comment at all when it comes to anything that happens in Philadelphia.

  3. Arians praising Kelly?

    Me: Picking jaw up off floor.

    Sometimes even I forget that these guys are not comic book characters. They’re grownups.

    McCoy really isn’t the kind of back Arians likes, so this makes sense to me.

  4. All I know is Arizona isn’t going anywhere with Ellington as their man runningback.

    With a fragile and immobile QB in Palmer, they need a stud like Peterson to make it work.

  5. @tennessee…nothing about this move means mccoy isn’t a “team player”. there have never been anything but positive things said about him from people around the eagles, and with the exception of leaving a really bad tip at a burger joint and fighting with his baby mom on twitter, he was a pleasure to have in philly. this move is really simple. he’s a running back with a good amount of mileage who’s coming off a down year and owed $12mm this year. with the moves chip has made the last couple days and with another cut or two coming (trent cole and demeco ryans) the eagles are going to have north of $50mm in cap space. its pretty obvious that chip is planning on going out and revamping the defense through FA signings, as well as resigning maclin and maybe another WR and an OG. then he’s going to mortgage the franchise’s next 3-4 drafts to move up and get his QB. i’m not saying this is the right move for the team, but he’s made it clear that he doesn’t value the draft the way most football people do and he’s willing to do things his way to build the team he wants. i’m on the fence as a fan. if he goes out and signs maxwell, mccourty, an edge pass rusher and another 1st-2nd tier corner, resigns maclin and adds another WR (maybe andre johnson on a two year deal if the price is right) then i might be alright with him trading 1st and 2nd round picks for the next 3-4 years to get mariota. the draft is flush with RBs so you can definitely get a good back in rounds 3-5 as well as a guard. he also might make a surprise signing the likes a suh or houston. either way it will either be looked at as genius or it will crash and burn and he’ll be out of a job by 2017. this all remains to be seen and it should be a fun ride while it all plays out

  6. McCoy didn’t run with the same consistency of effort last year. Something happened. It was not just the O line struggling.

  7. Say what you want about the Cardinals not having enough cap space, but McCoy really isn’t the type of runner the Cardinals need.

    Andre Ellington (regardless of what you think of him) is a similar player to McCoy. The Cardinals didn’t need to pay $10 mill to a similar player.

    They’re looking for a big, physical runner that they lacked last year after Dwyer was arrested.

  8. “realitycheckbaby says: Mar 4, 2015 10:07 AM

    Translation: We overpaid for aging QBs and WRs, we’re broke.”

    Except…they aren’t, and that HoF WR restructured.

    Also if you look around, all the best QB’s ARE aging, and in fact, older then Palmer.

  9. Dump Peterson and his child beating 15mil a year to Dallas for a 1st rd pick. Pick up spiller and draft Cooper, White, or Parker at 11. Hell of an offense. Peterson can run, but he can’t block or catch a ball…..and the dude is as ignorant as a protester in ferguson lighting their own businesses on fire. BOOM!!!!!

  10. Running backs get old fast. he carried the ball like a loaf of bread. Thats a fumble ready to happen. Kelly’s offense needs a North/South runner.
    A running back will be found in the 3rd round just as good. Philly fans Chip did the right thing we need to better defense which is what he’s going to do

  11. Because the man who went out and signed Ryan Lindley and hung his team’s entire season on him is the guy you want judging talent.

  12. It’s funny reading all the comments on the Internet by people who claim to be huge football fans, but then don’t seem to know who the players are who aren’t constantly on espn.

    Kiko Alonso is the closest thing to Luke Kuechly in this league. The fact that people don’t know who he is makes me doubt any opinion they have on the NFL. How can you comment about the NFL and not know who one of its best lbs are? In 2013 he was 3rd in the NFL in tackles with 159 (more then Kuechly who had 156) he had 4 ints which was t-11th in Nfl (3rd among non dbs n tied with Kuechly ) he had 2 sacks (same as Kuechly) 1 FF n 2 Rec 3rd in NFL in rec ( Kuechly had 0 in both) 8 pdef (19th among non dbs Kuechly was t-8th with 11) 11 tfl t-19th among lbs (Kuechly was t-13th with 12).

    Thats who Kiko is. A guy who in 2013 during his rookie season argueably matched if not outplayed the consensus best ilb in the NFL. By the way that was the year Kuechly won Defensive Player of the Year.

    Thats not to say he’s on Kuechly’s level right now. Kuechly has done it for 3 seasons in a row while staying healthy. I am saying however based off of what we’ve seen from him so far, that if he stays healthy, he has the ability to challenge Kuechly’s title as the very best ILB in the NFL.

    But hey they don’t talk about him as much on tv so that must mean he’s not that good. AKA the reverse Patrick Peterson.

  13. McCoy is too expensive. Read Barnwell’s breakdown of the trade from today. $10 million is too much except for almost any running back in today’s NFL.

  14. I think the Cards will make a run at Mark Ingram or Ray Rice.

    Both can likely be had for less money and they won’t have to give up a top level defensive player to get him.

  15. You know, I love all the Cardinals hate. It means they’re doing something to elevate themselves beyond being irrelevant (too much of that in the past) . Good time to be a Cardinals fan.

    Keep it going.

  16. “Kiko Alonso is the closest thing to Luke Kuechly in this league. The fact that people don’t know who he is makes me doubt any opinion they have on the NFL. How can you comment about the NFL and not know who one of its best lbs are?”
    ————————————————————

    I think what most people are basing their opinions on, and what you’re forgetting, is that Alonso missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL tear, and there’s absolutely no way to know if he’ll be anywhere close to what he was. It’s trading a known quantity for a complete unknown, also known as ‘buying a pig in a poke’.

  17. Arians throws challenge flag, runs on the field and picks it up when he realizes he made a mistake. Tells ref “it fell out of my pocket”…and that’s all you need to know about his character.

  18. ” Chip is building a culture there.”

    Kelly spent a lot of time with Bill Belichick who is a big proponent of team building. Others may chortle at their ” Patriots Way” mantra, but they have averaged over 12 wins per season since 2001 and appeared in 6 Super Bowls, winning 4
    .

  19. Chip is doing this the bellichek way. Once lesean said he would re structure but not take a pay cut he was gone. He was the best player the eagles had but the eagles are in such need other places that for the price of McCoy they decided they could get two starters else where

  20. mccoy won’t win you playoff gms in january. when the elements are bitter cold vs a playoff defense that smacks you on every play. mccoy proved that dec 7 vs seatt. after the gm, certain player on seatt def said mccoy quit and didn’t want to get hit in the 2nd half. that speaks volumes.

  21. fordmandalay says:
    Mar 4, 2015 11:49 AM
    “Kiko Alonso is the closest thing to Luke Kuechly in this league. The fact that people don’t know who he is makes me doubt any opinion they have on the NFL. How can you comment about the NFL and not know who one of its best lbs are?”
    ————————————————————

    I think what most people are basing their opinions on, and what you’re forgetting, is that Alonso missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL tear, and there’s absolutely no way to know if he’ll be anywhere close to what he was. It’s trading a known quantity for a complete unknown, also known as ‘buying a pig in a poke’.

    —————————————————————————————————–

    I hear ya but I dont think you read my whole opinion. I clearly said obviously he’s not on Kuechly’s level right now because he has done it for 3 seasons straight and stayed healthy. I also said it is all dependent on if he can stay healthy. Implying that he gets back to pre injury level. I also said he could challenge Kuechly, as in the future.

    I’m not naive I know he has personal and injury red flags. He was suspended from Chip Kellys Ducks for multiple alcohol related offenses and has had major injuries to both of his knees. I was basing it off of what we have seen from him in the NFL. The same thing we do for every player. No player is guaranteed to stay productive or healthy.

    Is there a chance he doesn’t bounce back? Yea of course, but I think the odds are in his favor. ACL injuries are continually easier and easier to come back from. Especially for none skill position players. In today’s NFL your more likely to rebound completely from the injury then not. Also he already has shown to ability to do so. He hurt his other knee in college before coming back and having that monster rookie season in 2013.

  22. fordmandalay says:
    Mar 4, 2015 11:49 AM
    “Kiko Alonso is the closest thing to Luke Kuechly in this league. The fact that people don’t know who he is makes me doubt any opinion they have on the NFL. How can you comment about the NFL and not know who one of its best lbs are?”
    ————————————————————

    I think what most people are basing their opinions on, and what you’re forgetting, is that Alonso missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL tear, and there’s absolutely no way to know if he’ll be anywhere close to what he was. It’s trading a known quantity for a complete unknown, also known as ‘buying a pig in a poke’.

    —————————————————————————————————–

    I hear ya but I dont think you read my whole opinion. I clearly said obviously he’s not on Kuechly’s level right now because he has done it for 3 seasons straight and stayed healthy. I also said it is all dependent on if he can stay healthy. Implying that he gets back to pre injury level. I also said he could challenge Kuechly, as in the future.

    I’m not naive I know he has personal and injury red flags. He was suspended from Chip Kellys Ducks for multiple alcohol related offenses and has had major injuries to both of his knees. I was basing it off of what we have seen from him in the NFL. The same thing we do for every player. No player is guaranteed to stay productive or healthy.

    Is there a chance he doesn’t bounce back? Yea of course, but I think the odds are in his favor. ACL injuries are continually easier and easier to come back from. Especially for none skill position players. In today’s NFL your more likely to rebound completely from the injury then not. Also he already has shown to ability to do so. He hurt his other knee in college before coming back an having that monster rookie season in 2013.

  23. Good move for the eagles. You just can’t pay $10M to a RB. You shouldn’t even be paying that to your entire RB committee. That position is just too easy to fill in with young guys on rookie deals. And instead of cutting him, they’re getting a player with sky high potential? Great move. What I don’t understand is why the Bills would do this. Rex didn’t learn his lesson with Chris Johnson?

  24. Did any “genius” in here take into consideration that Arians isn’t ripping McCoy ???

    Seriously….not a lot of brain power.

    He could have easily said that Russell Wilson is not a fit for the Cardinals….AND HE WOULD BE RIGHT !!!!

    The Cardinals wouldn’t be able to afford McCoys salary AND the player compensation on top of it….who would they have to trade ???? Calais Campbell ?????

    Seriously. ….people are so willing to jump down a guys throat.

  25. Translation: If you want a change of pace in your backfield, you don’t have McCoy and Ellington on the same roster.

  26. ****Belicheck laughs at these coaches???***

    Really? Is that why he brought Kelly in (numerous times) to advise him on his cutting edge offense and used a lot of his plays?
    Is that why Bill B. calls one of the brightest minds and best coaches to enter the league in over a decade?
    Ask Tom Brady what he thinks of Kelly?

    Kelly is really truly trying to build a championship team instead of a playoff team. Foles doesn’t get hurt and The Eagles are at a minimum 11 & 5 or most likely 12 & 4.
    Otherwise your point is just plain dumb!

  27. east west runners at 10 million a year who crumble into the fetal position a first contact do not live in kellys world for long

  28. Our Runningback isn’t the problem it is our o-Line. Plus that trade for kiko was the dumbest thing I’ve see in awhile. You’re best offensive player for a player that is coming off a missed year with Injury? Anybody who thinks this is a good trade has to re think that.

  29. I’m afraid that Chip seems to think he’s still at Oregon, where his word is law. That’s fine as long as Philly keeps winning; the front office and that whole city will turn on him quickly when that doesn’t happen anymore.

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