Our first major move of the NFL off-season has been made and it’s probably having Eagles fans feeling a bit like Deja-vu. For the second straight year, the Eagle hopefuls have had to watch one of their top offensive players go to another team in what; on the surface seems like an odd move.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded their top running back Lesean “Shady” McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year and middle linebacker Kiko Alonzo. Instead of just releasing McCoy outright like the Eagles did Desean Jackson last year, head coach Chip Kelly managed to leverage his top running back for a young & promising defensive player who just so happened to play for Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon. This seems to be the beginning of a rebuilding of the roster for Chip Kelly’s Eagles. After two seasons of getting acclimated to the NFL (with much success at that) Chip Kelly is starting to revamp the roster the way he envisions it to be. Not only was McCoy let go, but also long time defensive end Trent Cole; with other roster cuts soon to come. Going back to his days in Oregon, Chip Kelly has had a very strict & meticulous regime over his team’s way of play and how the roster is constructed with very little leeway for compromise. Furthermore, trading arguably your best offensive player when he’s still in his prime is a clear sign that Chip Kelly is so confident in his team philosophies that he can easily replace Lesean McCoy’s production with another running back with less credentials. Although Eagles fans may not like to see the Pennsylvania native leave their beloved team, they can take solace in the fact that Chip Kelly has had much success these past two years even with the injuries at Quarterback last year. In addition to that, Kiko Alonzo is pretty good too.