Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals did not want LeSean McCoy.
Even before the season-ending injury to Andre Ellington, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t have a lot of talent on their roster.
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With injuries to Ellington, starting quarterback Carson Palmer, and backup quarterback Drew Stanton, the Cardinals’ offense was downright awful at the end of the 2014 NFL season. The Philadelphia Eagles called around the league to see if any team wanted LeSean McCoy.
If no team wanted him, he would’ve been released. However, even though McCoy could change this offense in a number of ways, head coach Bruce Arians didn’t want him on the team.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Cardinals were aware of McCoy being available, but they didn’t see him as the right fit in their offense.
Arians deploys a vertical offense and while his speed and elusiveness could help this offense, Arians is truly one of the smarter offensive minds in the league and if he believes McCoy wouldn’t fit in his offense then this shouldn’t go up for debate.
Obviously, McCoy is an excellent talent and he is just a year removed from leading the league in rushing yards. Arians commented on McCoy and how the Cardinals didn’t want him.
"“No, it wasn’t a good fit for us. Great move for Buffalo. 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.”"
That being said, this decision shows that the Cardinals are fully committed to Ellington, who will be coming off a sports hernia injury in 2015. While the Cardinals were a bottom-10 team in rushing last year, this offense will likely improve as they look to gel more and stay healthy.
Luckily enough for the Cardinals, McCoy is now out of the conference and the Cardinals will not have to face him for the foreseeable future. Arians also stated that he was indeed happy to not face him anymore.
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