Shining Light On A Shady Deal


LeSean “Shady” McCoy was the heart and soul of the Philadelphia Eagles. The star running back was the stellar backbone of the team. He was positive and productive, constant and consistent, steady and stable, all rolled up into one.  Shady was the emotional constitution of the Eagles.  He was their vital center and their vibrant core. He was their footing and their foundation, and now he’s gone.

“Shady” McCoy is not the name of a protagonist from an old western movie. It is, in fact, the cool nickname of the top-scoring running back in the NFL.  

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy received the nickname “Shady” from his mother as a baby, due to his constantly changing mood. McCoy’s mother said that her son would “go from smiling one minute to shy the next.” Shady can now stand for McCoy’s elusiveness on the field. A quick-shift running back, McCoy is there one second and gone the next. 

For some reason, the Eagles organization found it in their hearts to trade their bread and butter.    For some reason, the Eagles punted and parachuted the 2013 NFL Rushing Champion, their best player and their highest hope for bringing a Super Bowl to Philly.  In other words, in the eyes of the Philly faithful, the Eagles just bagged a big mistake. Or did they?

McCoy Rushing

Shady deals can be doubtful and debatable, dubious and devious, disenchanting and disappointing.  And everyone who’s got a heart, fans and foes alike, are leery and loopy, cynical and skeptical, in disbelief and downright dejected about this trade.

Shady is not an attribute or an attitude you want anyone you deal with to have.  Shady salesmen and shifty spokesmen never quite win you over. And this deal has all of the ingredients of a sour lemon. They say that the Eagles are “saving” money and banking salary, but tell that to a woman who now must ride the bus when she was accustomed to being chauffeured all over town.  The big numbers in this trade were $24.25 million and $1.69 million. The former is what McCoy is owed the next three years; the latter is what Kiko Alonso will make on his rookie contract this year and next, according to Spotrac.


But it can’t be all about the money. McCoy has big shoes to fill. And yes the Eagles defense is detestable (actually, the Eagle’s “D” STINKS to high heaven!) and needs all of the help it can get; but fans would rather see addition rather than subtraction used to solve this mammoth math problem.

And so the deal is this: time will tell whether the Eagles made a good deal or no. Super Bowls are won and lost just as much off the field as on the field, and just as much during the off-season as during the regular season.  And it takes guts to make decisions that aren’t popular or pleasing to the naked eye, and yet are the right move to make.

Spiritually speaking, God made a shady deal too. He sent His Son, his only begotten Son, down to earth to redeem mankind from sin and shame. On the face of it, that was a shady deal. It was a tricky and risky, chancy and dicey deal fraught with uncertainty and filled with ambiguity, because it was based upon the free will of man. It was contingent upon man’s reception of Jesus Christ, and the only certainty was God’s love. The risk God took was that man had the freedom to accept or reject His love. But that deal worked out pretty good, and it continues to work out in the hearts of faithful believers every day.

And so, like my parents used to say: “we’ll see.” We’ll see if this trade works out. We’ll see if Coach Chip Kelly really knows what he’s doing. We’ll see if the Eagles can and will bounce back and move forward without McCoy. And as shady as it seems, this deal just might turn out all right after all. 

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