DeSean: Kelly Will Drive Defensive Coordinators Crazy

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean JacksonDeSean Jackson offered his initial thoughts on Chip Kelly last week, but he was able to expand on them today during an interview in New Orleans with

The Eagles’ speedy wide receiver said he’s familiar with Kelly’s style of play and sounds legitimately excited to be playing for the new head coach.

“Talking to Chip Kelly, he actually said, ‘I was on the opposite side, watching you score touchdowns,'” Jackson said. “So now, it’s actually a good situation because I am very familiar with the play style, his offensive style, and I think in the NFL, he’s going to have defensive coordinators going crazy. I’m just excited, and hopefully he’s able to come in here and just throw that twist to it.”

Jackson played against Kelly and Oregon in 2007 when Kelly was the Ducks’ offensive coordinator. He had a monster game – 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns – in a 31-24 Cal victory.

While it seems likely that Kelly will get creative in how he uses the wide receiver, like everyone else, Jackson isn’t sure who will be throwing him the football.

“It’s up in the air right now, honestly,” he said. “I think Chip Kelly is evaluating everybody. I’m even being evaluated myself. He’s looking at film. Whoever is getting the job done, hopefully their job will be secure. And whoever’s not, hopefully we can bring somebody in to get the job done.

“As far as [Michael] Vick and [Nick] Foles, I think we have two great quarterbacks. Michael Vick being the style of quarterback that can be good for the Oregon-style offense, and Nick Foles being a Pac-10 player, I think he’ll be doing good as well too. I’m really honestly excited to see how it’s going to go.”

Last year, with Vick at quarterback, Jackson was averaging 76.2 yards per game. That equates to a 1,219-yard season. He only played five quarters with Foles, coming up with three catches for 14 yards before suffering a season-ending injury.

“I’m looking for sky’s the limit. Hopefully I can touch the ball 15, 20 times a game. About three, four, five, six touchdowns a game,” Jackson joked. “I’m looking for all of that.”

While he seemed genuinely excited to be playing for Kelly, Jackson acknowledged that the new coach will have to get some of his teammates to buy in.

“There’s going to be a lot of players that Chip Kelly’s going to have go into that locker room and just get a lot of respect from,” he said. “And I think it’s going to come with time, because he’s coming from college, and college is totally different from the NFL. You’re dealing with grown men now.”

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  • Bdawkbdawk

    Grown Men? Maybe a few. Too many old toddlers in the locker room.

    • Johnny Domino

      At least he didn’t say “growed”.

  • DeSean’s First Grade Teacher

    The correct grammar should be, ” I think he’ll be doing good as well too ALSO.”

    • Desean`s Second Grade Teacher

      “I think he`ll be doing good as well too ALSO“ Isn`t correct either
      It should just be “I think he`ll be doing good as well“…. No need for all 3 (too, also, as well) of them, just one is needed

      • UKEagle99

        It is actually… “He is doing well good innit”.

        • PhEaglesPhan

          ACTUALLY! It is “in it good as well to…..Also”

        • Bart


  • Absecon

    Already getting tired of the “coach has to come in and get respect from players” nonsense. This is a new coach, and anyone that isn’t interested in respect first, questions later needs to be shown the door. We suck, so I really don’t think anyone is non-expendable….

    • PhEaglesPhan

      Agreed, as far as I’m concerned, everyone should be walking into that locker room when camp starts thinking, “How can I better this team and my playing” NOT! “Coach has to earn my respect”

      Your paid as an employee, he’s your boss. Do your damn job or get the hell out. We don’t need no divas on this team. As for Jackson, great player, great skill, but if you wanna see those numbers you better learn how to run slant routes and become more dynamic then stretching the sidelines.

      • UKEagle99

        The coach should have the players respect from day 1. Now in the months to come in OTAs, mini camps etc the players should earn his respect… Or he should cut their “4-12, we’re better than our record, oh no you are not arses”

        • bsn

          Respect is ALWAYS earned, never given. Just because he’s the head coach doesn’t mean he should automatically get respect.

          • shackelton

            Really, so when you go into your bosses office on the first day you don’t respect him? You don’t give him the benefit of the doubt to start? That is false or you don’t get very far. Now if that boss is an a$$ then he/she losses your respect quickly, it is only when someone who you think is somehow of less value comes in, say a substitute teacher that respect has’t be earned. For the Eagles, this is the guy that could sit you on the bench and eventually usher you out the door, you better start by respecting him. Now if he sucks, he will lose that respect quickly!

          • bsn

            What has Kelly done again in the NFL? Nothing. He doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. He has to prove that he belongs. He is the substitute teacher. He’s got no resume to prove he belongs.

  • metaReign

    Besides DJax, there maybe a couple of more bigger, quicker WRs in the short and immediate routes, to add for competition. Don’t want to have too many lost of yards in the run and pass, more 1st downs and stability on 4th down conversions, which translates into better RZ conversions.

  • JofreyRice

    Ugh would be great if this crew learned how to stfu and let their play talk.

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Desean Jackson a goon.

  • djack10

    First way to get respect is to cut Vick loose.

  • Birds are back baby

    how about we agree DeSean is a little selfish twerp that should stop being quoted. I love his quote that keeping vick is a ‘no brainer’. this little weasel quits every time he gets hit…doesn’t know how to block…cares only about his stats….and will be gone after this year.

  • Adam

    Wow Can DJax say anything without everyone sh*tting all over him? The kid just said he was excited for this new coach, because his skill set fits what Chip likes in player. Whoopidy-freakin-do.

  • JofreyRice

    The whole thing about Jackson getting the ball in creative ways sort of hinges on his aggressiveness as a runner in traffic. Very often, you see the guy fall to the ground, rather than absorb a big hit in the open field. Unlike when Jeremy Maclin does it a 6′ 200 lbs, I somewhat understand Jackson making the decision to protect his health, to play another down. The thing is, though, if Kelly tries to get him involved like the Black Momba (sic) at Oregon, Jackson is going to have to become a little more aggressive in the way he runs in traffic; more willing to possibly get tackled to the ground rather than falling down as a defender approaches.

    I definitely saw more fire and heart from Jackson in 2012 than I saw in 2011, so I’m somewhat optimistic about the chances.