LeSean McCoy is as naturally gifted as athletes get. He’s the best running back on the Eagles — maybe in the NFL. But at times, he doesn’t practice like it.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly called McCoy’s work ethic is so-so.
“It’s OK,” Kelly responded, via CSN Philly. “Some days he’s great out there. Other days, he’s not so great.”
The running back had no comment about Kelly’s thoughts. So if Kelly wasn’t joking, it was probably hit a sore spot. If he was, then Kelly may have taken the joke too far. He did, however, speak freely about his coach last week during joint practices with the Patriots.
“Coach pushes me to the max more than any other coach I’ve been around,” McCoy said last Wednesday in Foxborough, Mass. “Coach [Andy] Reid, he pushed me hard, but once I kind of got to a point, he let the veterans go a little bit. Chip is constantly on me.”
It’s hard to make an evaluation on either party’s comments. And it’s not like Chip Kelly is trying to pick a fight. The incident that caused Kelly to question McCoy’s work ethic was an injured toe, which Kelly downplayed. Afterwards, he iterated his faith in the running back.
“No, I mean LeSean is a competitor,” he said. “He wants to be out there. [The toe injury is] just one incident. There’s a lot of questions about a toe in August that I think is way overblown.”
Anyone else wishing that the Eagles’ were in this year’s Hard Knocks? Chips Kelly has the weirdest and most fascinating coaching methods — which just so happen to incite drama now and again.