Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is conflicted about seeing a great player like LeSean McCoy leave Philadelphia. But Lurie says he’s not conflicted at all about his belief that Chip Kelly is the man to build the Eagles.
Asked about the McCoy trade at the league meeting, Lurie said it was all about trusting in Kelly to do the job he was hired to do.
“LeSean McCoy is a great running back – all-time franchise leader,” Lurie said, via Philly.com. “Great guy in every way. To maximize [Kelly’s] power spread offense, he’s always admired the one-cut runners. That’s what he admired. You’ve got to let a coach try to bring in the players that fit best what he’s all about to maximize what he’s trying to accomplish.”
But as much as Lurie trusts Kelly, he admits that it’s hard to say goodbye to players he likes.
“The sad part is you’re dealing with people’s lives,” Lurie said. “For me, I take it really seriously. It’s not easy to talk to Nick Foles for a long time after the trade, or LeSean, Trent Cole, guys that have devoted their lives to us, and are wonderful people.”
Now the Eagles will need to win in 2015, so that Kelly can show his boss that getting rid of all those players was the right move.