Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles shocked the entire NFL when they decided to trade away running back star LeSean McCoy just hours into the new season.
McCoy's departure for the Buffalo Bills in return for a player (Kiko Alonso) who had missed the entire 2014 campaign left many people questioning Kelly's grand plan.
Locker room reaction
Not the Eagles roster however, according to Philly safety Malcolm Jenkins. Speaking today, he revealed that the Philadelphia locker room were far from surprised when they learned one of the franchise stars was heading for the exit door.
"For everybody who is in the locker room and really knows Chip and what he's looking for, it wasn't necessarily surprising," Jenkins told the NFL Network today.
LeSean McCoy has been known as one of the most elusive backs in the NFL over recent seasons but Jenkins explained that it was this - Shady's evasive, outside the tackle style - that meant his teammates weren't shocked by his exit.
"You look at the style of runner that Chip wants in his offense and even though Shady is one of the best backs in the league, he's not necessarily what Chip is looking for all the time," Jenkins continued.
"Chip thinks he's a great running back...but our [system] is really predicated on downhill, somebody who is going to hit the hole every time. It's about getting up in the defenders face as fast as you can and that's not necessarily Shady's running style."
Kelly's dramatic move may have been questioned at the time but the arrival of Offensive Player of the Year, DeMarco Murray, has placated that somewhat. And more importantly perhaps, Murray (and fellow new arrival Ryan Mathews) are more suited to the between the tackles role required by the former Oregon head coach.
While a combination of LeSean McCoy's high salary and a style unsuited to the Philly philosophy meant the shock factor on his trade was reduced, Jenkins did not that many in the locker room had expected a little more in return for a man who has nearly 7,000 yards in the NFL.
"In the locker room a lot of guys weren't surprised by the trade, what we were more surprised of was that it was just a player-for-player trade.
"I think everybody thought we would have gotten more - Kiko, plus a couple draft picks, you know, somebody else."
What do you think Eagles fans? Do you believe that the locker room wasn't as shocked as everybody else? And could Chip Kelly have gotten more from Buffalo for such a big name? Let us know in the comments section below...
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