Former Eagles star DeSean Jackson rips Chip Kelly for dismantling team during his tenure
There’s no love lost between former Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson and former head coach Chip Kelly.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in Philadelphia who has fond memories of the Chip era. It started out great with a postseason appearance in his first season, before it all came crashing down just two years later.
Kelly’s downfall began during the 2014 offseason, after his first full season as the Eagles head coach. Amid rumors of DeSean Jackson’s gang affiliations, which all turned out to be untrue, Kelly flat-out released the Pro Bowl wideout. This came after Jackson put forth the best statistical season of his career in Kelly’s first year, hauling in 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
This obviously rubbed Jackson the wrong way. Fresh off a career-year and at 27 years old, cutting him should have been seen as malpractice. It was by some, but at the time, most fans had trust in Kelly.
Jackson has spoken on Chip Kelly and his departure from Philadelphia before. Over the weekend, he opened up again about the situation, sharing some harsh criticism for his former HC.
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“I don’t respect Chip Kelly,” Jackson said. “What he did, you can ask any Eagles fan ever, They’ll tell you the same thing… He dismantled our team. There’s no way you get rid of DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Mike Vick, Jeremy Maclin. We were Philadelphia.”
He’s not wrong.
The early 2010s Eagles’ teams were loaded with offensive firepower. Jackson was the undisputed best deep threat in the game at the time, Jeremy Maclin was quietly becoming one of the best WR2’s in the NFL, and Shady was well on his way to becoming the most exciting back in football.
After two years of Chip Kelly, Jackson was cut for nothing, Maclin left in free agency, and McCoy was traded for Kiko Alonso. God, what a shit show.
Luckily for Eagles fans, Chip’s dismantling of the team did eventually lead to the hiring of Doug Pederson and the re-signing of QB Nick Foles – another player Chip decided to trade for no particular reason. Which, in turn, led to the first Super Bowl victory in Eagles history.
I can live with that.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports