LeSean McCoy compares Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly, Andy Reid

LeSean McCoy weighed in on what he sees as the differences between the head coaches he's played under.
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By David Kenyon

Every coach does things differently, and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy offered comparisons for the three men he’s played under during seven NFL seasons.

According to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, McCoy told NFL Network that current coach Rex Ryan is more “laid back” than since-fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who he called a “hands-on” leader.

“I think Chip Kelly is a coach that is more hands-on. There’s not really a lot of leaders on the team. He’s more of a leader. He’s the guy who’s kind of setting the rules.”

McCoy shared the Eagles coaching staff under Kelly tracked sleep patterns, whereas Ryan would tell the players, “You know how important this game is. I shouldn’t have to tell you to study. … You shouldn’t be out late.”

In comparison to Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, McCoy added that Ryan has been with teams where veterans were in place to lead.

Though the running back also touched on Kelly’s decision to trade McCoy and sign DeMarco Murray — which had more negative results than positive in 2015 — it was nothing more that “it is what it is.” That storyline will soon disappear now that Kelly has moved on to the San Francisco 49ers.

No coaching style is necessarily “right,” especially when considering the varying achievements.

In four years with Reid in Philly, McCoy reached the postseason twice before bowing out in the Wild Card Round. McCoy and the Eagles finished 10-6 in two straight seasons while notching one playoff appearance.

Ryan has the laid-back mentality many players appreciate, and he can cite two AFC Championship appearances — something Reid has done four times but not since the 2008 season and Kelly hasn’t in three NFL years. Granted, Ryan hasn’t had a winning record since the 2010 season.

All that aside, McCoy seems to have found the coaching style he likes most. That doesn’t equate to success, but it makes showing up to work a bit easier.

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