If the Eagles hadn't bounced back on the strength of Sam Bradford's play last week, turning back a tide of embarrassment to put themselves back in playoff contention, would Chip Kelly be trying to call LeSean McCoy? Or would he be more focused on his own team? Kelly notably shipped McCoy to Buffalo this summer, catching the then-Eagles star running back by complete surprise. Kelly has picked an auspicious week to make amends. Reports say Kelly had been trying to call McCoy ahead of the Eagles-Bill match-up Sunday. And McCoy just hung up. (Whether that's true; it's known they didn't connect.)
This is true. Kelly called back a few times, too. Was intent on burying the hatchet this week. McCoy not interested. https://t.co/JDOPgV2eTq
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 13, 2015
But shouldn't Kelly have other things on his mind? The Eagles are just one decent performance removed from back-to-back blitzkriegs in which they gave up 90 points. Was the call gamesmanship, trying to soften up McCoy, or a genuine effort at reconciliation? (Note: there have been 16 weeks or so for reconciliation, just one week for a Bills-Eagles game.) McCoy said before the game that he and Kelly simply had nothing to talk about. Kelly has said he should have talked to McCoy before he was traded, but didn't get the chance. But this week?
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