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Hours after getting released, LeSean McCoy finds a new home with Chiefs

Hours after getting released, LeSean McCoy finds a new home with Chiefs

Shady is back with Big Red.

LeSean McCoy, released earlier in the day by the Bills, will be reunited with Andy Reid, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL Network reported early Saturday that the Eagles were interested in bringing back McCoy, but that never made any sense considering the team drafted Miles Sanders in the second round this year, signed 24-year-old former Pro Bowler Jordan Howard, brought back Pro Bowler Darren Sproles and has a healthy Corey Clement. 

McCoy, Reid’s second-round draft pick with the Eagles in 2009, played his first four years under Reid in Philadelphia and had one of his best seasons in 2011 under Reid, when he made first-team all-pro for the first time after rushing for 1,309 yards, catching 48 passes and leading the NFL with 17 rushing TDs and 20 total TDs.

Bills coach Sean McDermott coached under Chiefs coach Andy Reid from 1999 through 2010. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was with the Eagles from 2004 through 2013, so he’s also spent a lot of time with Shady. 

With the move from Buffalo to Kansas City, McCoy goes from a middle-of-the-road team with a terrible offensive line that hasn’t won a playoff game in 24 years to one of the AFC favorites, a team that’s averaged 11 wins per year since Reid got there in 2013 and has won three straight AFC West titles.

As a vested veteran, he became an unrestricted free agent as soon as the Bills released him and did not have to clear waivers before agreeing to contract terms with a new team.

In Kansas City, McCoy should quickly become the Chiefs’ lead running back. 

The Chiefs have pretty much been without a feature running back since they released 2017 NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt after a video showing him involved in an altercation with a woman became public.  

The Chiefs added former Dolphin Damien Williams this offseason, but Williams ran for only 733 yards in five seasons with Miami. They also added Carlos Hyde, who had a couple big years with the 49ers, but they traded him over the weekend to the Texans. They also have second-year pro Darrel Williams, who has just 13 career carries, and rookie sixth-round pick Darwin Thompson on the roster.

McCoy, who rushed for an Eagles-record 6,792 yards from 2009 through 2014 before getting traded to the Bills by Chip Kelly, is coming off the worst season of his career.

McCoy’s streak of five straight Pro Bowl seasons ended last year when he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and ran for just 514 yards and three touchdowns.

McCoy is 31 and going into his 11th season. But he’s only one year removed from a season in which he ran for 1,138 yards, caught 59 passes for another 448 yards and ranked fourth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,586, behind only Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt.

He needs 25 catches to become the seventh player in NFL history with 10,000 rushing yards and 500 receptions.

But that 3.2 average last year was second-worst in the NFL among backs with at least 100 carries, ahead of only another former Eagle, LeGarrette Blount of the Lions, who averaged 2.7.

McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler overall and ranks 25th in NFL history with 10,606 rushing yards.



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Eagles have reportedly hired Marquand Manuel as the new secondary coach

Eagles have reportedly hired Marquand Manuel as the new secondary coach

Marquand Manuel is the Eagles’ new secondary coach, according to a tweet by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

The 40-year-old Manuel replaces Cory Undlin, who had served in that role since 2015, first under Chip Kelly and the last four years under Doug Pederson. Undlin was named Lions defensive coordinator two weeks ago.

Manuel and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz go back a ways. Manuel played for the Lions in 2009 when Schwartz was their head coach.

Manuel was not in the NFL this past year. He spent the previous four years under Dan Quinn with the Falcons, two years as secondary coach and two years as defensive coordinator before getting fired following the 2018 season.

The Falcons reached the Super Bowl in his second year in Atlanta, losing to the Patriots in Houston.

Before Atlanta, Manuel spent three years working under Quinn with the Seahawks, holding a variety of titles on the defensive staff.

Manuel, who played for Steve Spurrier at Florida, was the Bengals’ 6th-round pick in 2002 and spent eight years as a safety in the NFL with six different teams — the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos and Lions.

He played in 116 games, starting 58, with two interceptions and a pick-6 while he was with the Packers in 2006 off Jon Kitna of the Lions.

The Eagles also reportedly interviewed Browns defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker for the position.

The Eagles already have a safeties coach on the staff, former Eagle Tim Hauck. He was Pederson's teammate with the Eagles in 1999 and has been on Pederson's staff since 2016.

Quinn had this to say about Manuel on the Falcons’ web site back in 2018:

From the time I've met him from now, one thing that's cool to see that has stayed consistent is the energy and enthusiasm he has for players. He made the transition from player to coach really seamlessly because he knew the boundaries of coach, but he also stepped across to say, I can push you. That's not easy to do. He's always had mental quickness of a quarterback or someone who gets concepts really quickly. That transferred into this coaching fast. He can communicate concepts and ideas quickly to people on the run, in the moment, that's a really valuable asset as a coach.

The Eagles still have openings to replace the three assistant coaches Doug Pederson fired: offensive coordinator Mike Groh, wide receivers coach Carson Walch and defensive line coach Phillip Daniels.

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Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Just a few days ago, it seemed like the Eagles weren’t going to lose Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry because it looked like the Browns were going to hire someone else.

Well, that someone else has dropped out of the race.

Vikings assistant GM George Paton has taken himself out of the running to be the Browns’ next general manager, which means Berry is now the new favorite, according to Cleveland.com

This is certainly an interesting turn of events.

According to Cleveland.com, “Paton was reluctant to accept the initial interview because he assumed the job would go Berry.”

Now it might.

It would have made plenty of sense for the Browns to hire Paton, who has a long-standing relationship with new head coach Kevin Stefanski from their time together in Minnesota. But according to reports over the past few weeks, it seems like Berry has been a favorite of ownership and the front office.

While Berry and Stefanski have never worked together, they did get to know each other during the coaching search in Cleveland a year ago. After that search, the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens and Berry left for Philly. But now, Berry and Stefanski might actually get a chance to work with one another.

The Harvard-educated Berry, 32, was with the Browns from 2016-18 as their Vice President of Player Personnel before he joined the Eagles last season in a role they created for him. Berry initially came up in the Colts franchise, first as a scouting assistant and finally as a pro scouting coordinator. He’s been a quick-riser in the NFL world.

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles reportedly denied a request from the Panthers to interview Berry for a Vice President job. The reasoning from the Eagles was that it wasn’t a general manager position and he wouldn’t have had final say on personnel matters.

Final say is something Berry will likely never have here in Philadelphia. Despite a few missteps in recent years, Howie Roseman has pretty solid job security and he isn’t going anywhere. If Berry is going to become a GM, it’s going to be in another city. And it seems like that day might be coming soon.

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