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Shady on difference between Rex and Chip

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2016 – 9:35 am

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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Why Kelly choosing to meet with all 3 clubs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2013 – 11:44 pm

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that despite meeting with the Browns for a total of seven hours and agreeing to re-connect with Cleveland’s top brass again Saturday night, Chip Kelly decided to also interview with the Bills and Eagles as scheduled.

Per Mortensen’s report, Kelly wants to go through the full interview process, something he did not do last offseason when he agreed to only interview with Tampa Bay, a job he subsequently turned down.

Mortensen also reported that there is a $3 million buyout for Kelly’s contract with Oregon.

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Report: Kelly meeting with Bills tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2013 – 11:08 pm

While reports swirl that the Browns have the inside track on landing Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the Bills are reportedly getting their chance to woo the innovative sideline boss.

That according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen whose report was subsequently tweeted by his co-worker Adam Schefter. Schefter did mention that Cleveland is favored in what is a three team race.

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Report: Browns trying to close with Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2013 – 9:34 pm

According to multiple reports the Cleveland Browns are trying to make Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s first NFL head coaching interview his last.

Multiple reports indicate that the Browns got first crack at interviewing Chip Kelly out in Arizona Friday, and were convincing enough to have the Oregon coach leaning their way.

No word at this point as to whether the Bills or the Eagles, also interested in meeting with Kelly, will get the opportunity to interview the Ducks coach. is reporting that the Bills were scheduled to meet with Kelly Saturday. Initial reports indicated the meeting was to take place Friday.

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Friday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 4, 2013 – 5:00 pm

It’s an abbreviated edition of The John Murphy Show Friday night, with live coverage of the Cotton Bowl coming up at 8pm.

But before that, we’ll update the Bills coaching search headed into the weekend.

And we’ll also talk about one of the reported candidates for the Buffalo job–Oregon head Coach Chip Kelly.

Sportswriter Michael Sokolove wrote an in-depth profile of Kelly and his offensive philosophy for The New York Times a year or two ago.  He calls Kelly’s approach “Speed-Freak Football,” and he details his approach and his unusual practice regimen.

We’ll talk with Sokolove tonight on the radio show at 720pm about Kelly and ask whether his approach might work in the NFL.

As always, there will be plenty of time for phone calls from listeners.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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Kelly plays coy after Fiesta Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2013 – 7:07 am

There was a horde of reporters eager to map out Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s next move following his team’s 35-17 victory in the Fiesta Bowl last night. The only problem was Kelly wasn’t going to give up any information in his postgame press conference.

“I’ve said I’ll always listen and that’s what I’ll do,” Kelly said when asked about NFL teams interested in interviewing him for their head coaching jobs. “I’ll listen and we’ll see.”

Kelly is reportedly scheduled to interview with the Bills and Browns today (Friday) in Arizona.

Kelly said he’s not looking to go in with a set of prerequisites to determine what the right fit might or could be. It sounds as if he’s just going to keep an open mind and listen to what the Bills, Browns and Eagles have to offer.

“That’s part of what this whole thing is. It’s more of a fact-finding mission than finding out if it fits or doesn’t fit,” Kelly said. “I’ve been in one interview in my life for the National Football League and that was a year ago so I don’t really have any preconceived notions about it. I think that’s what this deal is all about for me.”

Kelly interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was offered the job, but turned it down.

One thing Kelly did make clear is he wants to wrap up the courting of his coaching services in short order.

“I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I’m going to be,” he said.

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Report: Kelly to meet with Bills Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2013 – 7:12 am

USA Today first reported that the Bills along with the Eagles and Browns all have interviews lined up with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly after tonight’s Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State. If a subsequent Associated Press report is correct, the Bills will have first crack at the innovative offensive coach.

According to the AP, Kelly will interview with the Bills on Friday, a day after the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. Kelly is considered on of the hotter NFL coaching candidates in the college ranks.

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, Assistant GM Doug Whaley and Sr. VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf have all been in Arizona since Tuesday interviewing potential coaching candidates. The search committee has already interviewed former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Buffalo’s search committee is then expected to travel to Denver this weekend for a reported weekend interview with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. That report also came from the Associated Press.

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Report: Chip Kelly to meet with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 2, 2013 – 7:01 pm

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has reportedly set up a head coaching interview with the Bills, but they’ve got competition.

According to USA Today, Kelly has set up interviews with the Bills, Browns and Eagles some time after the Fiesta Bowl. Kelly’s Oregon Ducks will face Kansas State tomorrow night.

The Bills head coach search committee headed by CEO and President Russ Brandon and GM Buddy Nix have been in Arizona conducting head coach interviews since Tuesday.

Kelly is in Glendale, Arizona with his Oregon team, but will not reportedly interview with any NFL clubs until after the Fiesta Bowl.

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Report: Whisenhunt tonight, Horton Wed.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 1, 2013 – 9:00 pm

According to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora, the Bills trip to Arizona was done to interview former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt this evening with one of his assistants up next.

Per LaCanfora’s report Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, Assistant GM Doug Whaley and Sr. VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf met with Whisenhunt. They’re reportedly scheduled to interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton Wednesday.

Horton already interviewed for the Cardinals head coaching job today as he’s still under contract to Arizona.

It’s been also speculated that the Bills may catch up with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as his team gets set to play in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ on Jan. 3rd.

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