He’s now worked under both NFL head coaches. His parting with Chip Kelly and the Eagles shocked him, but it turned into a good situation for LeSean McCoy because he’s with a coach in Rex Ryan that runs his team the way McCoy believes it should be run.
In an appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access, McCoy outlined the differences in coaching styles between Rex Ryan and his former head coach Chip Kelly.
“Rex is a lot more laid back. He’s been with teams where the veterans kind of lead the team,” said McCoy. “He puts players in the position where the players are held more accountable. I think it should be like that. Andy Reid was like that. Guys have got to be accountable. This league, it’s a blessing to be in it and if you’re not accountable you won’t be here long.
“Chip Kelly is more of a coach that’s more hands on. There aren’t a lot of leaders on the team. He’s more of the leader. Then also his thing is how you approach the game. He has models for everything. With Rex for a big game he’ll just say you know how important this game is and I shouldn’t have to tell you to get in your playbook, to study. You shouldn’t be out late. You should be already mentally focused for this game. Chip would just be on you. He’d be telling you about the amount of sleep you need. They’re just different.”
For McCoy he believes that Ryan’s approach fosters more player leadership, which usually translates to players taking more ownership in how the team performs week to week. That finally began to take hold with the Bills heading into the final two games of the 2015 regular season.
“Rex definitely has that NFL approach. Let guys be veterans,” McCoy said. “He’s coached with guys like Ray Lewis and Bart Scott and Darrelle Revis who are guys that are leaders. So you let the veterans lead and you have your troops. Your soldiers will follow. I think Chip is kind of the opposite. He dictates how things are supposed to go and pushes the message like that.”
As for McCoy’s explanation as to why he was traded by Philadelphia, he has only a theory.
“I guess he thought that it’d be better if DeMarco (Murray) was there,” said McCoy of Kelly’s decision to trade him. “I can’t say how it came about, but that’s how it went down. Just being honest.”
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