Chris McCoy surprisingly got cut by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. McCoy had flashed big-time ability throughout the preseason, especially on Thursday Night against the New York Jets with a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.
This begs the question, why did he get cut? In the third preseason game, he got pushed around a bit, including getting blocked out of a play by a wide receiver of all people. That warning sign may have been the death knell for McCoy. It isn’t as if the Eagles are loaded with outside linebacker depth, though. Connor Barwin is the only pure outside linebacker with experience in a 3-4.
In my eyes, aside from Barwin, of the outside linebackers, McCoy looked the smoothest in coverage proving to be more effective in that area than fellow linebacker Trent Cole and certainly more than Brandon Graham.
Perhaps GM Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly believe they can scour the waiver wire for better talent at the outside linebacker position. Roseman said that Vinny Curry or Casey Matthews could play outside backer in an emergency situation, but to me, that just doesn’t seem very feasible.
It is a tough pill to swallow for McCoy. He did all he could in an Eagles jersey to prove his worth to upper management and his coaches. Apparently it just wasn’t enough. McCoy will look to catch on elsewhere. He is young enough to bounce back from this and have a successful career elsewhere.
For the Eagles, the search for players that fit in their 3-4 defense continues. Look for them to be one of the most active teams in the league come tomorrow and in the coming days on the waiver wire acquiring players.