Many Philadelphia Eagles fans were in disbelief after hearing the news that running back LeSean McCoy was traded to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
I was one of the many Eagles fans feeling sentimental as I watched the former 1,600-yard rusher punch his ticket to Buffalo.
It is certainly emotional seeing such a fan favorite leave the Super Bowl winless Eagles.
But was it the right move toward success?
McCoy has played six seasons in Philadelphia accumulating 9,074 all-purpose yards along with 54 touchdowns.
There is no question that McCoy has proved himself as an elite rusher in the NFL.
Despite his talent, it is very evident he does not fit into head coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
Kelly executes a run and gun scheme aimed at tiring out the opposing defense. Giving the ball to the running back 25 to 30 times a game does not mesh with the up-tempo play calling.
The elimination of McCoy has freed up the Eagles salary cap, and given them the opportunity to target different free agents.
But what does it say about the culture of the Eagles when they are willing to trade one of their most productive players?
One thing; either buy into Kelly’s system or pack your bags.
So what player does fit Kelly’s system?
This question may leave many players frustrated and confused wondering if they fit into “Kelly’s team.” The removal of McCoy should reveal to players they could be cut or traded no matter their production.
Nonetheless, the Eagles need to reload on defense after the release of starting linebacker Trent Cole and cornerback Cary Williams.
Alonso may be just the man to rejuvenate the defense, as he is known as a big playmaker. In his first season in Buffalo he posted four interceptions and 87 tackles.
The Eagles could certainly use the help between the tackles as they allowed 375.6 yards per game last season, for the 28th worst average in the NFL.
Eagles fans can criticize Kelly, but he has posted a 20-12 record in his first two seasons with one trip to the playoffs.
The Eagles front office will certainly be entertaining to watch throughout the free agent period as they look to build around Kelly’s system.