TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike McCoy was fired by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday morning, the second straight year he has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator in the middle of the season.
He will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich, the team announced Friday.
The Cardinals (1-6) made the move hours after losing 45-10 in prime time to the Denver Broncos, the team that fired McCoy after Week 11 in 2017.
Under McCoy’s direction, the Cardinals’ offense was among the worst in the NFL — and in some categories it was the worst. Arizona did not gain 300 yards in any of its seven games this season and did not boast a 100-yard rusher.
The offense was ranked last in 15 categories heading into Week 4 and has gotten slightly better. Heading into Week 7, the offense was last in yards per game, first downs per game, third-down conversions, third-down conversion percentage, red zone dives and time of possession; 31st in points, receiving yards per game, net yards per pass attempt and offensive efficiency; 30th in point margin; and 27th in interceptions per pass attempt and red zone touchdowns.
The Eagles believe that they have the running back depth they need, and they wouldn’t make a trade unless it was similar to their deal last year that sent a fourth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Jay Ajayi, according to sources.
Meanwhile, the Bills are not looking to deal McCoy, whom they still consider one of their best players, and likely wouldn’t move him unless it was for the type of strong offer that the Eagles would not make for the six-time Pro Bowler, sources said.
That doesn’t mean that another team won’t make a run at McCoy; sources around the league expect other teams to make trade inquiries on McCoy, who has two years remaining on his contract, before the NFL’s Oct. 30 trade deadline.
But the Eagles, who are thin at running back because of Ajayi’s season-ending knee injury, and the Bills had only one preliminary conversation, according to sources.
Bills coach Sean McDermott would neither confirm nor deny that Buffalo had received a call from Philadelphia about McCoy, saying earlier this week that “we get calls all the time — incoming calls happen all the time.” McDermott acknowledged that he was aware of rumors connecting McCoy and the Eagles, but said that the veteran running back is “a valuable member of our football team, and I’m gonna leave it at that.”
McCoy, 30, is coming off back-to-back seasons of more than 1,000 rushing yards with the Bills but has gotten off to a slow start this season, rushing for just 170 yards on 45 carries in four games. He spent his first six seasons with the Eagles and was a three-time Pro Bowler during that stretch before being traded to the Bills in March 2015.
“LeSean is one of our better players,” McDermott said to begin his news conference. “I thought he had a good game [in Sunday’s 13-12 win over the Tennessee Titans]. Really, we’re just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans [this Sunday].
“We get calls all the time. Incoming calls happen all the time. [General manager] Brandon [Beane] and I talk a lot. I won’t go into any more detail than that. Really, again, this is a big week for us. Another opportunity to get better. Another opportunity for us to develop as a football team against a very good opponent, in particular down there in a tough place to play.”
WIVB reported Tuesday that the Eagles (2-3) had called the Bills (2-3) about McCoy’s availability after placing running back Jay Ajayi on injured reserve.
Asked specifically Wednesday if the Eagles had contacted Buffalo, McDermott said, “I’m not gonna go into any more detail than I said.”
Then, asked if McCoy was available in a trade, McDermott responded, “Men, this is why I came out and started where I started [in the news conference]. If you just want to hear the same reply, I’ll give you the same reply. I respect where you’re coming from and the jobs you have to do. Respect where I’m coming from. He’s a valuable member of our football team, and I’m gonna leave it at that.”
“I heard about it [trade rumors], ” McCoy told reporters Wednesday. “I kind of just stay focused on the job, the task at hand. I’ll let that stuff work itself out. We’ll see what happens.”
The NFL’s trade deadline is Oct. 30, the day after the Bills host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 8.
McCoy, who missed the Bills’ Week 3 win over Minnesota because of a rib injury, ran a season-high 24 times for 85 yards in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans. In four games, McCoy has 170 rushing yards on 45 carries, as well as 10 catches for 64 yards. He has not yet scored a touchdown.
“I should have never gotten traded [from Philadelphia] anyway,” McCoy said. “I was killing stuff, you know? But I don’t ever really pay too much attention to it. This week we got the Texans. I’ll worry about that. Good defense, lot of big-name guys on that defensive line. I got my hands full this week. Last week was my first week of really getting out there running, try to get some rust off and actually get going play after play. Really felt good.”
The Eagles drafted McCoy in the second round of the 2009 draft and traded him to the Bills following the 2014 season.
McCoy is being sued by his ex-girlfriend in Georgia, who accuses him of being involved in a July home invasion in which she was beaten and robbed of jewelry. McCoy’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon also accuses McCoy of physical abuse against her, against his son and against his dog.
Police in the Atlanta suburb of Milton, where McCoy owns the home in which Cordon was allegedly attacked, said last month that their investigation is ongoing but that McCoy has not cooperated.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles lost lead running back Jay Ajayi to a torn ACL this week, stripping an already sputtering offense of one of its primary weapons. Led by one of the most aggressive personnel men in the business in Howie Roseman, and with hopes of a Super Bowl repeat still alive in Philly, speculation is running wild as to whether a trade for a running back is in the cards between now and the Oct. 30 deadline.
Let’s take a look at some of the big names being thrown around, as well as some under-the-radar options provided by our NFL Nation reporters.
The big fish. It’s easy to see why the Eagles, or any team for that matter, would be interested in perhaps the best back in the NFL. He’d instantly improve the ground game and the passing game, both as a receiver and in pass protection, while adding an explosive, dynamic back who would open things up for his teammates and instantly lift this offense off the ground. Roseman and Co. are always on the lookout for market anomalies: How often does a player of this caliber become available? From that perspective, a talent like Bell has to be intriguing.
The Eagles recently restructured Fletcher Cox‘s contract to create cap room, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, they have not pursued a trade for Bell and do not have plans to do so at this time. The Eagles will need a portion of that cap space to re-sign some of their in-house players over the next couple of seasons — Carson Wentz is going to get a massive contract before long — and it would be difficult to re-sign Bell, who is in the last year of his deal, to a massive new contract given their financial situation.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that the Eagles have checked in on McCoy’s availability since news of Ajayi’s injury came down. That makes sense, given McCoy’s familiarity with the Eagles organization (he spent his first six seasons in Philadelphia) and experience in systems similar to coach Doug Pederson’s. McCoy is 30 years old, and perhaps the Buffalo Bills want to get some value for him as they look to replenish the roster. The flip side is that McCoy is currently one of the Bills’ top players. Sitting at 2-3, they probably aren’t looking to throw in the towel on the 2018 season. The asking price might not match the level of interest. The Eagles would also have to be comfortable with their research into off-the-field matters surrounding McCoy of late.
“The Lions’ starter last year, Abdullah has yet to have a carry in a game this year and was inactive the first four weeks of the season. He can be a multi-purpose back and has returner value. Also in the last year of his contract.” — Mike Rothstein
“He’s been Seattle’s No. 2 back for the last few weeks behind Chris Carson and ahead of top pick Rashaad Penny. Had 101 yards and two TDs two weeks ago with Carson out. Seahawks are about to have a bit of a logjam at RB with J.D. McKissic set to come off IR, and you figure they’ll want to get Penny more work than he’s been getting. Davis is 25 and playing on a one-year deal worth $1.35 million. Not a bad special teams player either.” — Brady Henderson
ESPN’s Dan Graziano posted a list of backs the Eagles could take a look at:
Tevin Coleman, 25, share carries in Atlanta with Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith. He is in the final year of his rookie contract. LeGarrette Blount, 31, was the Eagles’ top rusher last season (766 yards, 2 TDs) during their Super Bowl run. He fit into the locker room well and would be able to acclimate quickly.
With three weeks remaining before the trade deadline, the Eagles can take some time to see how their own backs perform before making a move if they wish. It will likely be a committee approach between Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles, when healthy, with rookie Josh Adams sprinkled in. Sproles has been sidelined since Week 1 with a hamstring injury and did not practice on Tuesday. Clement (quad) has returned to action after sitting out the last couple of games.
From a fantasy perspective, Clement would be the most appealing option, followed by Smallwood, though it would probably be best to wait and see how things shake out over the next couple of weeks.
The search for help likely won’t be limited to running back. The Eagles could use help at receiver and in the defensive secondary as well. Roseman will be working the phones to see if there are deals out there that make sense.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Delicia Cordon, the ex-girlfriend of Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, claimed McCoy physically abused her in an amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in a Georgia court.
Cordon had not previously accused McCoy of physical abuse against her, but she said during a news conference last week that other women had contacted her with claims that McCoy physically abused them. When asked at that news conference whether Cordon also experienced abuse by McCoy, Cordon’s attorney declined to answer.
In new claims added to her lawsuit originally filed Aug. 10 in Fulton County, Cordon alleges, “Defendant McCoy became physically abusive to Plaintiff” during the 2017 offseason.
“McCoy is extremely strong and was heavy-handed,” the lawsuit claims. “He would often grab Plaintiff in a manner that was painful and would leave Plaintiff’s skin reddened. McCoy did not care who was around when he would become enraged. McCoy once physically kicked Plaintiff out of the bed.
“To make up for his behavior, McCoy would often apologize and even buy Plaintiff gifts. Because she truly loved McCoy, and she believed that he truly loved her, Plaintiff sought to make their relationship work despite the fact that McCoy was physically abusive to her. Further, Plaintiff did not want to cause hurt or damage to McCoy’s reputation as a professional football player, and she never revealed the alarming realities of being in a relationship with McCoy before filing the instant litigation.”
Cordon’s lawsuit continues to claim McCoy physically abused his son and his dog. Stephanie Maisonet, the mother of McCoy’s six-year old son, filed an affidavit last month supporting the child abuse claims made in the lawsuit.
Tuesday’s amendment to the lawsuit added alleged details about McCoy’s behavior toward his dog and Cordon.
“On one occasion, McCoy beat his dog so badly, upon Plaintiff’s belief, the dog’s ribs had broken,” the lawsuit claims. “Whenever Plaintiff expressed concern about McCoy beating his dog, he would turn his anger against the Plaintiff, often grabbing Plaintiff and hurting her.”
McCoy denied the allegations of child abuse during a news conference last month. McCoy’s lawyers also filed motions to strike portions of Cordon’s original lawsuit, including the claims of child abuse, as well as Maisonet’s affidavit.
McCoy is also seeking a dismissal of the lawsuit, which alleges McCoy and his friend Tamarcus Porter should be held liable for a July 10 home invasion in which Cordon was beaten and robbed of jewelry at a house owned by McCoy.
Milton police released a statement last month stating McCoy had not cooperated with what was termed an active and ongoing investigation into the home invasion. Police said their detectives have noted “material inconsistencies” among the statements of those who have cooperated.
Cordon’s attorneys said last month they could not reveal any direct evidence linking McCoy to the home invasion. Cordon is offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest of the intruder in the case.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who is listed as questionable with cracked rib cartilage, is unlikely to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but he wants to see how he feels pregame before making final decision, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McCoy has been limited in practice all week.
McCoy was injured in the third quarter last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers when center Ryan Groy fell on him. McCoy was in obvious pain while walking around the locker room after the game. The six-time Pro Bowler declined an interview request because he was having difficulty speaking.
McCoy, 30, finished the game with 39 yards on nine carries as well as four catches for 29 yards.
Delicia Cordon, the ex-girlfriend of Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, filed a personal injury lawsuit Friday against McCoy and his former University of Pittsburgh teammate Tamarcus Porter in connection to a July 10 home invasion in which Cordon was beaten and robbed of jewelry.
No suspects have been named in the criminal investigation of the attack, which took place at an Atlanta-area home owned by McCoy where Cordon was living at the time. A spokesperson for the Fulton County (Georgia) district attorney’s office did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment.
The civil lawsuit, filed in a Fulton County court, alleges that McCoy should be held financially responsible for Cordon’s injuries because he had previously changed the security codes to the home and refused to provide them to her. As such, Cordon’s suit argues that McCoy “breached his duty to use ordinary care to protect Plaintiff from dangerous activities being conducted at the Residence.”
The suit says the assailant in the home invasion “indicated [to Cordon] that he knew McCoy.” Cordon told a 911 dispatcher after the attack that she suspected McCoy “set her up” because he had previously asked her to return the jewelry that was stolen from her during the home invasion.
Cordon’s lawsuit seeks damages including $133,000 in stolen jewelry and $13,000 in furniture that was taken by McCoy’s family and friends and not returned to the home after a June 1 visit by police. Records from Milton, Georgia, police showed that McCoy’s mother was attempting to take furniture from the home on June 1 but was told by police she could remove only McCoy’s belongings and that any common items could be removed only by a court order.
The lawsuit does not directly accuse McCoy or Porter of conducting or ordering the attack against Cordon but argues that McCoy had “actual and constructive knowledge of criminal activity existing on the property on July 10, 2018” because Porter had previously told police he could watch a live feed of security cameras in the house.
Porter is a longtime friend of McCoy who previously had filed eviction paperwork on his behalf to remove Cordon from the home. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Tuesday.
McCoy’s defense attorney, Don Samuel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Cordon’s lawsuit also alleges that she and McCoy would argue in the summer of 2017 over “McCoy beating his dog and beating his son frequently, as well as other issues.”
The lawsuit says McCoy would “exhibit rage and often brutally beat his dog in the presence of the Plaintiff and her friends” and would “aggressively, physically discipline and beat his young son over minor mistakes that all young children make.” The suit does not mention any contact with police over Cordon’s claims.
Last month, a woman identifying herself as a friend of Cordon posted photos of Cordon’s injuries to Instagram and alleged that McCoy beat his son and dog and used performance-enhancing drugs. In a statement at the time, McCoy denied the allegations.
The NFL said at the beginning of training camp last month that the matter remained under review but that his status had not changed.
Delicia Cordon, the ex-girlfriend of Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, said in a statement posted Friday on Instagram that she continues to fight for “justice to be served” one month after a July 10 home invasion in which she was beaten and robbed of jewelry.
In the statement, which is believed to be the first public comment from Cordon since the attack, she thanked those who had been “arguing in [her] defense with the most ignorant individuals ever.”
McCoy owns the suburban Atlanta house where Cordon was living at the time of the incident. Cordon told a 911 dispatcher that she believed McCoy might have “set [her] up” for the attack because he had previously her to return the jewelry.
Cordon’s attorney, Tanya Mitchell Graham, later clarified to ESPN that Cordon suspected McCoy played a role in the home invasion but was not directly accusing him of it.
Police have not named any suspects in the case. A spokesperson for the Fulton County (Georgia) district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
In an interview with The Athletic on Tuesday, Bills owner Kim Pegula said she was “surprised we really haven’t heard anything more from [investigators]” about the case.
The NFL said at the start of training camp last month that the matter remained under review but that McCoy’s status had not yet changed. Bills general manager Brandon Beane said July 26 the team was “comfortable” with allowing McCoy to practice.
McCoy said the team was backing him “110 percent” and he was “very confident” he would play in the regular season opener.
McCoy was in uniform but did not play in the Bills’ preseason loss Thursday night to the Carolina Panthers.
RICHMOND, Va. — Colt McCoy agreed to a one-year extension with the Washington Redskins, a deal that could make him one of the NFL’s higher paid backup quarterbacks, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.
The one-year extension for 2019 is worth up to $7 million. There are void and buyback provisions in the deal, which could still make McCoy a free agent after this season. In his previous deal, McCoy had a clause in which the final year — 2018 — could void the rest of the contract if he played 65 percent of the offensive snaps. The NFL Network first reported the agreement.
McCoy’s base salary this season is $2.8 million and his cap hit is $3.6 million. Philadelphia’s Nick Foles is the most expensive backup with a $13.6 million salary. Arizona’s Sam Bradford ($10.625 million) and the New York JetsJosh McCown ($10 million) are next in line; both might start ahead of first-round picks.
But McCoy’s deal reflects the value Washington has put on him. McCoy, entering his fifth season with the Redskins, has started only four games and none since 2014 behind Kirk Cousins. McCoy did not attempt a pass last season. He’ll back up Alex Smith this season.
The coaches have long expressed confidence in McCoy, thanks to his knowledge of the offense.
Earlier in the day, Smith was asked about the importance of having a strong backup behind him — based in large part on the Eagles Super Bowl title when Foles took over for the injured Carson Wentz.
“I think the importance of the quarterback room — as far as depth — I don’t think can be understated,” Smith said. “I think the Eagles were a great example of how important that is to have depth at every position, especially a guy who touches the ball every single play. You know — one snap away from that being the reality and it’s important I think to have a competitive quarterback room that’s deep and certainly guys that can play when needed. Absolutely, I think it’s vital.”
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said Thursday he feels “very confident” about being able to play this season despite an ongoing police investigation into a home invasion at an Atlanta-area house he owns.
“I’m here right now, so I feel very confident,” McCoy said at a news conference, which marked the first time he has addressed reporters since the July 10 attack at his house in which his ex-girlfriend was beaten and robbed of jewelry.
McCoy joined his teammates on the field Thursday at St. John Fisher College for the Bills’ first public practice of training camp.
He deflected several questions about the incident during the news conference, saying he wanted to keep his focus on football. McCoy cited an “open investigation” but did not directly address whether he was a subject of the probe.
The NFL said Monday that it was continuing to review the matter involving McCoy but that his status had not changed. Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Thursday he felt confident that McCoy would not be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, which would prevent him from practicing or playing while an investigation into a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy is ongoing.
“We don’t control that, but we have a good understanding that it’s a police investigation,” Beane said. “Until they complete that — there’s no timeline with those things. Those things could be weeks, months, whatever. But we feel comfortable where it’s at, and I think you’ll see LeSean here.”
Added Beane: “We’ve communicated with [the NFL]. We feel comfortable that LeSean is going to be here and ready to roll. We don’t see that changing.”
McCoy said that Beane and head coach Sean McDermott are backing him “110 percent.”
“We had a long talk [Wednesday],” McCoy said. “We’re moving forward. We’re ready to roll, as they would say.”
Beane said Thursday the team did its “due diligence” on the incident but that the team did not conduct its own investigation.
Police in Milton, Georgia, have not named any suspects in the home invasion, and the Fulton County district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case Wednesday. McCoy’s attorney, Don Samuel, has also declined to comment.
An attorney for the victim in the home invasion told ESPN earlier this month that her client suspects McCoy played a role in the attack but was not directly accusing McCoy of being behind it.