What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson catch against Chargers

Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com examines the potential explanation for DeSean Jackson’s release:

So what happened between Jackson and the Eagles? You might feel compelled to blame Kelly for arrogance bordering on hubris. You might think he is so enamored of his system that he doesn’t think he needs a DeSean Jackson to make it work. That’s a tough sell for me.


Kelly's offense worked at Oregon largely because his players, some of whom had poor character backgrounds as well, were faster than everyone else. If he truly believes that scheme is the key to winning in the NFL -- and not the talent of his players -- then he won't be with the Eagles much longer.

Jarrett Bell of USA Today takes a look at the Jackson situation:

But with the Eagles' heightened level of concern comes the question of profiling.

Jackson, 27, has largely avoided legal issues throughout his career, and there is no record that he's been involved in any sort of violent crime. That published insinuations about links to gangs is the last straw seems like a rush to dump a player without due process — unless something else is revealed.

Don Banks of SI.com offers his take:

But this much seems clear in retrospect: Kelly wasn't sold on Jackson as a person, and reportedly had issues with how he approached his job as a player. The rumblings were that Kelly was never comfortable with Jackson's act and didn't believe his attitude, accountability and commitment level matched those of his fellow Eagles. Maybe it was a case of Jackson not fully buying into Kelly's program, or Kelly not wanting to give the perception of cultivating a star system on his roster. Either way, a tipping point was resoundingly reached, and Jackson went from being considered an asset to a liability seemingly overnight. But perhaps it was only sudden from the outside looking in, and had been heading to this point ever since Kelly arrived in Philly in early 2013.

An interesting story from CSN Bay Area about Jackson walking with gangsters at San Quentin:

I don't know if Jackson is a gang member or has gang affiliations, but I know he grew up surrounded by the culture. He also knows it is, figuratively and often literally, a dead end.

See, I've been to prison with DeSean. I've seen him walk the yard as if it were his old neighborhood, shaking hands and embracing inmates and engaging them in animated conversation. I was just a few feet away.

Doug Farrar of SI.com suggests the Cleveland Browns as a potential suitor for Jackson:

In our Mock GM post published Thursday, Chris Burke and I hypothesized that a trade from the Eagles to the Browns might be best for all involved when it came to Jackson’s future. Cleveland has more salary cap space than any other team in the league, so no matter what Jackson can get on the open market, the Browns can top it if they so choose. In addition, the need for a second receiver to pair with Josh Gordon is obvious, and Jackson would be a perfect fit with his ability to dominate man coverage at multiple levels. There’s no indication that such a move has been discussed beyond the cursory interest level, but it makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com suggests the Raiders as a potential landing spot:

At 27, Jackson would be much younger than most of the free agents that general manager Reggie McKenzie has signed this offseason. The Raiders need explosive playmakers and have salary cap room to burn. Jackson went to nearby Cal. Most importantly, Oakland is the team most likely to give the type of contract Jackson will desire.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com gives the Eagles a B for their work in free agency (this was before Jackson's release):

The Eagles went into free agency without many objectives after re-signing left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce, and receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. They will go into the draft with relatively few needs after re-signing Allen and adding Jenkins from New Orleans.

"I was praising them before free agency even opened," Williamson said. "They kept their own, including a bunch of guys familiar with that offense now. I don't like Jenkins that much, but safety was their biggest need and it is filled now. They are set up to take the best defensive player available throughout the entire draft. That is how I look at it."

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall would welcome the addition of Jackson:

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  • ODBorBustAllDay

    Who wrote the CSNBayArea quote?

  • Eagles4Life

    BRAVO to Seifert and Bell. Well articulated.

    Stupid, hypocritical Eagles lose again. Smh.

    • Tom w

      Yea except that genius bell forgot to realize that the eagles are a private employee that decided to part ways w djax over a month ago for character and work ethic issues, not gang shit, and can cut or trade their employee for basically any reason they want. She is shamefully begging to make this a race thing for readership and views and it’s not. Profiling and due process are terms dealing w arrest and conviction, a pretty ridiculous and unsupportable position she is trying to make. Even worse another fair weather alleged fan applauds her and bashes the team. Typical

      • cliff henny

        racial profiling…if there’s 1 sport that doesn’t, it’s the NFL. he got cut for jaccassiveness and money, rest is sprinkles on the sundae media is devouring.

        • DirtyWaters

          Upvote for hitting the jaccpot.

        • Malcolm Jones

          I dont think it was race related but with the amount of people who loved Desean and dont quite have a clear answer but see cooper still here it will be hard for them to except bad character ties as the breaking point. The silence to those fans validates that there is no real answer. I think Jackson was just not a good fit being a leader to a locker room especially with him being one of the oldest player there.

      • Eagles4Life

        And yet, this private employer has been employing the same guy for six years. They’re just now getting fed up? After actively choosing to re-sign him? C’mon man, stop sipping the kool aid.

        As far as the terminology she used, you don’t have to go further than the comments sections over the past week to see the bias in people. Whether that applies to the Eagles FO, I won’t get into a dissertation, but as far as the media indictments, it’s applicable.

        • Tom w

          Eagles have him basically a two yr deal in 2012. Howie and chip looked into trading him last year. They have the kid a bunch of chances. He didn’t grow up. They looked to trade him this offseason. When there was no market like there is no market for Revis or chris Johnson … Great young players in their own right w high cap numbers, they moved on. The gang stuff was an afterthought that sealed the deal no more no less. Think what you will to let you sleep at nite or better yet change your moniker to stop perpetuating a fair weather irrational fan base.

          • Eagles4Life

            I’m irritational because I stated clear facts????? Kept him for six years, Tom. Six. That’s a fact. Whether two years or the full length of the contract, they increased his salary substantially when he had already shown himself to have “issues.” That’s also a fact. You tell me what employer would do that. Correction, tell me what SENSIBLE employer would do that. Howie and Lurie have been here. What’s changed? Hello, Chip Kelly. Again, facts.

          • Griff

            Also a fact Andy Reid has benched Djax multiple times over his career. Missed meeting, half ass work ethic etc. Throw in that Reid gave good chuck of leeway to his players (and now that KC is passing on him) should offer a big clue into his character issues which Im sure have become worse then when he entered the league. I think its also very telling if you look into other players comments on djax. It sucks but in the long run this was probably the right move. Chris Carter got cut because of drugs and got his act together. Djax got cut because of his general personality on and off the field. Id argue changing who you are is equally challenging if not more so. Best of luck to djax but im not holding my breath that he rights his ship

          • Maggie

            Most important point. Reid just said “no thanks.”

    • Neanderthal

      Yep. Once again franchises like Cleveland and Oakland show why they are so much more successful than us. SMH (@lamefakefans)

      • Eagles4Life

        Well, let’s take a look at it. Since both the Browns and Eagles have no Super Bowls, I guess the next thing to look at would be NFL Championships? Browns have us there 4-3. Raiders have us in Super Bowls 3-0. SMH lol.

        • James Skip Carl

          Go cheer for the Cowboys

        • Neanderthal

          As a fan, do you sit and watch reruns of yesteryear or deal with franchises as they are today? While you are shaking your head, shake some sense in it

    • Alex

      I’m sure Bell’s article wasn’t racially motivated, seeing as how he’s black and all. Well articulated garbage.

      • Eagles4Life

        Did I say the article wasn’t racially motivated?

        • Alex

          Considering you said it was well articulated, it doesn’t really matter. His article was a total trash race-baiting bit. There wasn’t anything substantive in his article.

          You’ll notice I never mentioned Seifert’s article as garbage? I might not agree with him, but at least he has a good point that isn’t complete trash.

          • Eagles4Life

            Define “race-baiting.” I’ll sit back and wait on this one lol.

          • RIP illa

            That was funny.

          • Maggie

            Seifert is the bigger idiot. Bringing back the utter rubbish about Chip Kelly’s “schemes” won’t work in the NFL. Sheer bloodyminded stupidity.

          • Alex

            These two idiots saying it was a bad move almost make me think this was the right move. Almost.

            Idiot or not, he had a (bad) point. Bell just has no point.

    • Brian

      Hypocritical?

      • Eagles4Life

        I’d love to address that portion of my statement, but the conversation I had with someone that brought about that conclusion for me lasted about an hour. That’s too much typing. Let’s just pretend the comment only says “stupid” lol.

        • Brian

          Okay then. Why is it stupid to release a player (during a rebuilding process) that is late for meetings, was demoted for not following directions, and skips an exit interview with his boss? Oh, and why would you applaud a racially motivated article?

          • RIP illa

            I’m not sure about the late for meetings thing, since they only said it, yet we have heard no reports of fines or any other reprimands throughout the season and until now. No reports of specific instances either. Now that doesn’t mean that DJax didn’t do it, but there is a real lack of evidence so far. So could they (media) possibly be bringing up him missing and being late for meetings from past instances, that we’re before Kelly? Not sure, but it has been done before, in regards to DJax. And the “demoted” thing was ironed out and done away with way too long ago and as soon as it happened. So many articles about it and then how DJax manned up, talk to Kelly, understood, got his head right, and bought in and worked his ass off. To even bring that up is really reaching. The only credible thing, as of now, is missing the exit interview. Really??? That’s kinda of a lame ass thing to be pissed about, but it still doesn’t mean DJax was right in that instance. I do wonder tho, if he missed the exit interview, then when did Kelly speak to him and tell him that things were all good, and that he (DJax) wasn’t going anywhere…for the 1st time, per reports! I could have sworn that this occurred after the season, per reports. And if so, then the exit interview skipping, is even further lessened…at least IMO.

          • Brian

            You can minimize these things, if you wish, but it doesn’t seem like he was ‘buying in’ the way Chip believes he needed to.
            How many other players were demoted for not doing their job? As far as the lateness, you could be right.
            The exit interview skipping is a sign of disrespect towards Chip.

          • Maggie

            Why doesn’t Reid want him now? KC said no thanks.

          • Eagles4Life

            The first answer is in one of my other posts on here…

            DJacc has been here 6 years. We, on the outside, have seen the good and the bad before he even got his new deal 2 years ago. I’d think the insiders would have an even more accurate assessment. He was drafted in 2008. So, you say for the almost 4 years before paying him, as an organization you have had the opportunity to work with and know this guy. THEN, you give him a new deal. One would think that a franchise worth $1.16 billion would be more astute than to give a “problem” player more money, right?

            It doesn’t make sense to continually “tolerate” for that length of time a guy who we on the outside have even known is not the perfect employee. If we were going to get rid of him, it should have been done long ago.

            The second answer is because I’ve seen and heard both on here and in the media the portrayal of DJacc and it’s asinine. Because I stay abreast of criminal justice issues since I am in the legal field and that is an area of interest for me, I can see the parallels that were drawn in the article. Like in the Michael Dunn trial that recently concluded, there were a lot of undertones of young black men being perceived as threats. When put up against how people reacted and construed these stories of DJacc, I saw the same undertones. People jumping to conclusions on his personal life, where he is from and what that entails, what all these alleged gang signs he was throwing up meant and how horrible of a person he must be for staying connected to his home base. I’m not advocating that DeSean is perfect, I truly don’t believe that. But a lot of people were leaps and bounds to indict the guy for things that were completely unfounded. Whether people want to admit it or not, there are instances in society where specifically black men and white men are handled differently, be it based on perception or reality.

          • Brian

            Andy Reid drafted him, and coached him for five years. Andy Reid lobbied hard for that new contract, because he believed he needed DeSean. Andy Reid is the one who tolerated DeSean.

            Chip Kelly coached him for one year, and decided that he didn’t want him on his team. When your new head coach decides he doesn’t want/need a player to be a part of a new culture and/or system, you trade or release him.

            You can find undertones of anything that supports your opinion, if you try hard enough. I have actually seen a bunch of people on here walking on egg shells, trying to avoid the appearance of racism related accusations, except for the the abundance of racists that came out of the woodwork the day he was released (not regular visitors). Yes black and white men are treated differently in parts of every day life. That doesn’t mean we should analyze every situation to see if we can find ‘undertones of racism’. Michael Dunn’s stupidity and DeSean Jackson’s release have NOTHING to do with each other, and don’t belong in the same conversation (unless you’re just looking for ‘undertones’).

          • Eagles4LifeMaybeLol

            I don’t disagree with your first two paragraphs, and my only question is how much did Chip put into building with his players, specifically DJacc? That’s not to say he didn’t try with DeSean, but I don’t think that’s something that should be dismissed. It is part of coaching a team, but I can’t say Chip didn’t do what he needed to. I think I was more so perturbed by people acting as if this was something that didn’t come arise with Chip being the coach now.

            As for the undertones, I was specifically talking about the media and people on here. I really didn’t have to search for them. The perceptions that people had and comments that were on here, whether subtle or overt, and are still in print for review lol. I wasn’t required to analyze.

          • Kev_H

            All the guys Chip has acquired are demonstrably intelligent. He said intelligence and academic success are a huge part in his player assessments. His team rarely huddles. Doesn’t it logically follow that in order to play on such a team one would need to be bright enough to grasp and recognize concepts independently? They would also need the discipline and work ethic of a good student. Without those qualities the team is unable to function the way they want. If Jackson doesn’t like the intellectual side of things- and it’s documented that he didn’t see the need to learn other position’s duties- then the only way for Kelly to work with him is to become Norv Turner or Andy Reid or some other past his prime 1990s coach.

          • Maggie

            Let’s reinforce Brian’s comments. Many businesses change upper management and some lower level people suddenly find themselves demoted or frozen in their positions. Or even fired.
            AND #2. ANDY REID DOES NOT WANT JACKSON ON HIS TEAM NOW! The Chiefs publicly said they are not interested.

          • Eagles4LifeMaybeLol

            I don’t disagree about the result of change. That change came with Kelly coming in. My only gripe was people acting like it couldn’t be as simple as Kelly not liking DJacc. Second, Andy Reid’s offense in KC with Alex “I don’t ever sling the ball down field” Smith, so let’s not jump to the conclusion that it MIGHT simply be that DJax wouldn’t be used to his full potential in that offense.

    • Maggie

      Seifert is another ESPN idiot. “Kelly’s schemes won’t work in the NFL” garbage. Again. Even after a season which worked pretty well with limited resources. The brilliant minds in some of talking heads on TV? Those who were watching Manziel’s Pro Day couldn’t understand why an assistant was waving a broom at Manziel! Stupid.

    • Max Lightfoot

      Another day, another unidentified troll.

  • ODBorBustAllDay

    Farrar’s assertion that Cleveland is an ideal fit for Desean is short sighted. With a new staff, likely wanting to establishs it’s own culture, there’s little chance they want to bring in a big ego with questionable work habits. Especially with the possibility of those habits rubbing off on Josh Gordon.

    • GEAGLE

      “Establishing a culture” is only white noise for franchises that fire coaches after one season…you cant establish a locker room cultire if you fire coaches every other year….so dont put it past teams like the raiders and browns whos coaches/GMs are trying to avoid the chopping block

    • Richard Colton

      great name

  • GEAGLE

    Shocker.. “What they are saying ” s domintated by desean

  • Dominik

    “At 27, Jackson would be much younger than most of the free agents that general manager Reggie McKenzie has signed this offseason.”

    • GEAGLE

      Lol that crazy cook..

  • Oregon Eagle

    I love how the media has no explanation from Kelly or insider knowledge, yet they chalk his release up as the Eagles not being able to handle a diva. On top of that, Fans like Eagles4Life buy in on the garbage. BRAVO

    • GEAGLE

      Welcome to our joke of a fanbase/media….whoever told you that loving the eagles was going to be easy lied to you my friend :)

      • cliff henny

        aint that the truth. when I was 7/8, asked for eagles jersey for x-mas, my dad asked if I was sure (raised in Lancaster back when regional tv, area was more phily but a lot of colts skins steelers and cowboys-was late 70′s)…then said ‘ ok, but there’s nothing easy about being an Eagles fan’. haha, no truer words were ever spoken

        • GEAGLE

          Should be our motto…they should add that to the eagles song

          • FinsterBaby

            In the words of Kermit the Frog “it’s not easy being green.”

    • Eagles4Life

      I formulated my own opinion on the matter. Like I said on this thread a few seconds ago, DJacc has been here 6 years. We, on the outside, have seen the good and the bad before he even got his new deal 2 years ago. I’d think the insiders would have an even more accurate assessment. He was drafted in 2008. So, you say for the almost 4 years before paying him, as an organization you have had the opportunity to work with and know this guy. THEN, you give him a new deal. One would think that a franchise worth $1.16 billion would be more astute than to give a “problem” player more money, right? I’d like to think that would be the case. The next question becomes what changed? Well, it seems in the last year the organization has hired a new coach and staff. You want to tell me the writing is not on the wall? Fine. But don’t try to tell me what I think is garbage when the clues are obviously there.

      • Oregon Eagle

        If the Eagles wanted a coach who took crap from players and didn’t demand the best from each of them, they should not have hired Chip. While DeSean was great, Chip finds a way to maximize talent on the field. With that being said, I would like a great wr picked up in the draft.

        • RIP illa

          Excellent points. I would like to think that he has learned or will learn to not be as rigid as you make it seem, in your response and that we do see or hear of reports of his greatness in managing talent.

        • Eagles4LifeMaybeLol

          Hey, I don’t disagree there. Good points. But it also says a lot that Chip didn’t find a way to maximize his relationship with DeSean to get more out of him in areas he felt were lacking. Chip’s offensive mind and innovative nature are great attributes. My concern with this situation, and particularly what it may signal for future players, is that he isn’t as innovative when it comes to building with his players. That’s something that Andy did do well. It’s something that Pete Carroll and both Harbaughs are able to do with theirs, and they’re winners. And hey, maybe it’s not needed to get this team where it wants to go, but there is a chance it could also prove problematic down the road as well.

    • RIP illa

      Well in all fairness, handling a “diva” in college is completely different from handling a “diva” in the pros!!! One is consider a boy/young man, whom a coach pretty much has complete control of his future, in a pretty much autocratic society and culture. The other is a man who has more options to act the way he wants, to a certain extent, without as severe repercussions.

      So to soley come at it from the view you are, while leaving out important little difference and distinctions, is kinda…”garbage”!
      BRAVO.

      • Malcolm Jones
        • Malcolm Jones

          my thing is Kelly has never said its the system he says no one is above the team…..when he left oregon he said that it was not his scheme that had success but the players… i find it hard to believe he is that arrogant now after one season.. and I also expect the scheme to change next year for sproles and other players and to incorporate Casey, and others more

        • RIP illa

          Ok. Thanx for the link, as I have not made my daily rounds. But I wasn’t putting it all on Kelly in my response to OE. I have said all along, since this whole mess started awhile ago, that it’s both Kelly and Roseman. This move was not made without his knowledge or consent. MHD has final day on the roster. And as some jackass tried to argue with me in the last about this, by saying he only has say over the final 53. Well I think we all know that DJax was a big part of that final 53! Plus I don’t see it, nor van I believe that Kelly would ever be strongarmed by Howie!

          Yet, a move like this, reeks to high heaven with a Banner type stench. And that’s who Howie learned under for so many years. So there is no absolving either Chip or Howie, at least from my standpoint.

          • Malcolm Jones

            No kelly def. had a hand, but Kelly is a Offensive minded coach and I believe it took a while for it to register for him. Roseman refused to answer and Lurie refused to answer and when Kelly answered he spoke highly of the WR but said he would do whats best. Kelly did not have to call desean, they could have just released him.I think it was hardest for Kelly. Roseman def. has the Banner Stench, but kelly still has blood on his hands in this.

          • RIP illa

            I can’t go against any of that. It is weird tho. After the call that was made by Kelly, two days before DJax being released. DJax was all over social media, and the word was, yet again, you’re not going anywhere and just be ready for camp. Happy Days…then bang. He’s gone. That’s the biggest blank I want filled in, when reporters are asking their questions. Does Kelly not have as much power over the roster, as we were led to believe??? Or did he straight up lie to DJax??? Which would fly in the face if the character culture, which the organization is trying to present. That’s were some anger and claims of hypocrisy, come in. At least until those questions are answered.

          • Malcolm Jones

            That I don’t understand or know… and if it was his call it makes the whole team not trust anything he says… i would not understand how that helps a second year coach gain the trust of the locker room.

          • Mr. Magee

            Agree that it would be good to hear what went down between chip and desean in that phone call… I bet if it becomes a point of contention, we’ll hear two totally diff versions – ie, we’ll never know the truth. But on the face of it, the timing of everything certainly seems strange.

            I’d go easy on the “stench of banner” stuff… Whatever you think of banner, not everything he did was bad. More importantly, howie is operating inside an org with a lot of other people with equal or more power – Lurie and chip included. And in this particular case, the lawyers were heavily involved. So I think it’s safe to say they were all on the same page on this one.

          • Malcolm Jones

            It is just hard to believe the coach who calls vick and foles about barkley and celek and casey about Ertz would call djax and say he was safe when he wasn’t. Kelly had no obligation to call a player that would be released. How many players get eased before they get cut. I think Howie and Kelly were split on it until the very last moment when they had a story to soften the blow. The biggest selling point to Kelly had to have been WR is a strength of the draft and they have potential people they can trade in Brandon Graham and others for extra picks. Kelly was never that kind of coach so I don’t expect him to become that way now, but I do believe he will do what is best for the organization, even if it means parting with djax and letting the mantra become “team over individuals”.

          • Mr. Magee

            You could be right, who knows… My guess (and it’s nothing more than that), is that Kelly had veto power at a minimum – ie, if he didn’t think this was the right thing to do, the org would have heeded his wishes. I really doubt that Howie would have the cahonees (or the incentive) to go against Kelly at this point… and I also doubt Lurie would agree to the move if Kelly had reservations.

            But at the risk of repeating both our points, it sure would be cool to know what was said between Chip and DJ a few days ago….

          • Malcolm Jones

            That makes sense. And yes, I would love to be a fly on that wall.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Mr. Magee^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

          • Kev_H

            I don’t think they see winning culture- which they are trying to cultivate- and character- which I don’t think they care about- as the same thing. It’s the media speculating and smearing Jackson’s character.

      • Kev_H

        I’m not so sure you have an accurate take on things. Years ago Robert Smith told his college coaches to shove it and quit playing football for Ohio State. He didn’t lose anything, still was drafted early, and had a great NFL career. He couldn’t afford to quit in the NFL without losing a ton of money. Elite college players get a great deal of deference and have a great deal of autonomy. Once the paychecks start coming in and a player is under contract, he doesn’t have much autonomy at all.

    • Kev_H

      It’s more likely that Jackson doesn’t have the ability, talent, or aptitude to play the position the way Kelly wants it played. I’m sure Jackson works fine for a Norv Turner or Marty Mornigwheg, 1990s offense and I’m sure Chip could effectively use him as a slot receiver/deep threat and limit his responsibilities, but a $10M per year, every down Jackson doesn’t work with what Kelly wants to do. Jackson’s been around for 6 years, and for most of those years the team was a mediocre disappointment, in large part due to a breakdown in a once successful culture. Chip has been here for one and things look promising.

      • John E. Zang

        Amen! That is the most legit explanation that no one, media included, wants to hear. Everyone just jumps to stats when talking about him as a player. It’s not like he had the greatest or even close to the greatest season ever. Last year was his best and I’m willing to bet he won’t top it for the rest of his career.

      • #1GeagleFan

        i think that chip’s reason was football related too….it felt like we went many years easily driving up and down between the 20′s but never converting a high percentage in to td’s- and jackson may have played a role in this- he’s impossible to cover between the 20′s, but he’s pretty easy to eliminate down by the goal line…. the whole nightmare came so far out of left field, and has dampened all of our eagles spirit (temporarily) but i agree its about football

        • Kev_H

          For as much as people like to beat up on the writers, it didn’t really come out of left field if you followed them. You didn’t need any inside information to know that Jackson has kind of been on the bubble his whole career. Once I read about the Eagles offering Maclin a long-term deal, it looked like Jackson might not be back. When they signed Sproles and extended him, the best you could hope for if you like Jackson in green is that they would see how 2014 plays out with Maclin and a presumed draft pick and carry Jackson for one more year as a luxury/fall back. You didn’t need inside information to see what was developing at that point, and that is where much of the initial press speculation came from.

          In hindsight, I think they decided to try for a trade but vowed to release him before the team came back in April so they could get to work on winning in 2014. From reports, it seems like they tried to trade him every year, never found much desire, and kept bringing him back, apparently to their regret. It will be interesting to see if he can catch on with another team because it is clear Jackson was there for the taking since 2010 and nobody really made it happen or went after him. If you are going to ask “how could they cut him” you have to ask the rest of the teams “how could you pass on this guy” and at some point defer to the pros and assume they know what they are doing and that real football is different than fantasy football.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Or maybe the other teams were reluctant to trade for him because they had concerns about his work ethic and charecter. Which has been the narrative surrounding Desean since college. For you to sit here and preach some made up idea you have that the coach, and now many other coaches league wide feel the kids too dumb to grasp anything more than a fly route is far and away the craziest explanation of all.

            Instead of making up theories, why not just deal with the fact we have very little actual insight into the Eagles motives.

            The simplest answer is likely the most accurate.

          • Kev_H

            Nobody is too dumb for football, but there are a lot of guys who don’t see the need to do anything but play hard on Sunday and stay in shape. 90% of the great college players who don’t cut it in the NFL fail because they don’t gravitate toward the mental aspect (Tebow and Russell are two prominent examples).

            I’m willing to bet that Jackson wasn’t required to put forth any academic/ study effort in his life. Andy probably coached around it and Chip probably did too to some extent.

            Desean had a nice season, but nothing like his peers who were setting records and leading the league in Kelly’s offense. I think Macklin will give them more.

      • ODBorBustAllDay

        If it were as simple as Desean not fitting the system, they would not have sat by silent, while the rumors about his poor work ethic / off field issues piled up. Chip and Howie would have spoken positively abou5 his contribution, and downplayed the notion of him having a poor work ethic, if only for the sake of getting some ROI back in a trade. They did nothing of the sort. It would have been much simpler, and probably would have leaked out of a team like the Jets perhaps, to simply say” Desean doesn’t exactly fit what we do, so we’re looking to trade him. “…….. Instead the entire league was scratching their collective heads wondering why on earth Philly would trade their Pro Bowl wide out. You don’t willingly cut a guy with value in his prime because he doesn’t mesh with your system, not when the possibility to get compensation is still exist.

        Secondly, If your assertion is that, despite the stats, the kids just not smart enough/talented enough to be successful in the system…..despite fact that he was tremendously successful in the system, which I suppose is irrelevant because he’s really not smart enough to be successful in the system. …… MAKES NO F#CKING SENSE!!!!!!!!

        And if in some strange bizzarro world where logical and idiotic have the same definition,and you happen to be right. …… Then Nick Foles better look out too, because he’s not good enough to function in the offense as it’s intended to be run either.

        • Kev_H

          You should stick to the facts. Kelly met with reporters once this off season and did what you say he didn’t do. The Eagles shopped him with no luck. None of the pros value Jackson as much as you do. The rest is just nonsense knitted together by people who aren’t plugged in.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Stop it. If you’re calling that half hearted endorsement at the owners meeting am attempt at salvaging any sort of image the kid had you’re foolish. Kelly saw the writing on the wall, which is why he didnt make anything remotely a commitment. What’s nonsense about a year track record of missed meetings, disrespecting coaches, a game suspension from a Reid, an arrest, a robbery, and history of throwing gang signs on TV and social Media, and connections, however tenuous, to 2 separate murder investigation. Those are the known FACTS. Your concoction that he just doesn’t fit the system is the nonsense knitted together by someone who isn’t plugged in, considering we have FACTS that refute the idea. Starting with the fact he lit shit up in the system.

      • ztom6

        Yes the guy who led the NFL in plays of 20+ yards or more (is the current active leader in plays of 40+ yards or more) doesn’t fit Chip Kelly’s offense. Right.

  • GEAGLE

    Can we please sign Jacoby Ford to the league minimum? That way we have our cheap 4.25 long ball threat and we can draft two WRs ATleast 6’2?

    • Joe L

      Ford can’t catch. That’s tough on a WR.

    • Eagles1018

      OMG I forgot he’s still an free agent…..PLEASE go get Jacoby Ford. Less expensive, can still stretch the field, I’m not sure who has better hands but it’s a similar concept. Keep defenses honest with a burner. Remember, this is still a running team and we have one of the top 3 RBs in the game right now. Geagle I swear you need to work in the FO

  • GEAGLE

    Don’t think I have the strength to do this Desean ish again for the 27th day. He is no longer an eagle…time to move on

    • cliff henny

      wont die till after draft. and then it matters where he signs, Oakland or buffalo least he’ll eventually be out of sight out of mind

  • Coatesvillain

    Chip Kelly didn’t like Desean Jackson.

    He didn’t need a reason to get rid of him, but it didn’t hurt to have things to support the release. I’d assume that if there was someone he was fond of that also had a history of character issues Kelly would make it work (look at his track record at Oregon).

    I wouldn’t even be as upset about this move if the team got anything in return for him. Teams get rid of players ALL the time because they don’t fit. And if the Eagles added a draft pick I could buy into the whole argument of Jackson’s production being replaceable. I just don’t see the benefit of releasing him and getting nothing.

    Teams part ways with star players all the time. So that’s not new. It’s just that the Eagles mishandled this at every turn. Once it came up that releasing him was a possibility there was no turning back.

    One last note: I don’t buy that the aim is a team full of boy scouts. Championship teams all have players with character issues. The thing is having characters who buy into the team concept. Teams that are further along are more capable of fitting disruptive character players in their fold (see: Cowboys and 49ers with Charles Haley).

    If the Eagles thought Desean was disruptive and wouldn’t be able to be handled fine. I can understand that. That would make my anger dissipate, but I’d understand it. I’m rambling but there’s just this feeling of deja vu of Banner era tactics and I just hope I’m wrong.

    I’m glad that in this comment section there has been a much more nuanced view from many of the people here. It’s not just a black or white issue. It’s possible to blame Jackson, but be mad at the Eagles or vice versa.

    • Mr. Magee

      Let’s just leave Banner out of this whole thing. What went down was not a tactic, it was a decision… And one that the whole eagles brass had to sign off on.

    • Kev_H

      There wasn’t anyone willing to take on his contract let alone give up anything for him. Right now, teams are interested in him the way the Eagles were interested in TO. If the price is right, they’ll take him. The problem is- just like TO- he will be unhappy and feel slighted whatever the outcome, and more so if he produces on the field.

  • robo40

    Something else to consider: If this is truly a deep draft class, then the next 2 years will produce more FA as teams move on from higher priced contracts. Having extra cap space then will be more beneficial than usual.

    • Mr. Magee

      Great point

  • Eagleski

    What It comes down to being a good teammate. Jackson was more interested in the money and himself than the rest of the team…

    • RIP illa

      If that is true, then I’m just of the mindset that I don’t care. As long as he’s not detrimental or a cancer, and comes out and performs, then F, the whole good teammate thing. Do you really think we would have known or cared about Nnamdi eating lunch in his car if he was still playing like Nnamdi from the Raiders???

      And everybody likes to point to Kelce, as their shield for why nobody cares that Jackson is gone. Yet, it was Kelce being quoted, towards the end of the season, about DJax being more dialed in, focused, and involved with the team in a positive manner. Doesn’t sound like a bad teammate to me.

      The FO and Kelly didn’t want to continue on with him…fine! But the effort to try to attack his character or run a smear campaign, by fans and the media, is getting to be a little much. Were there things he did wrong…absolutely. But he’s not some sort of arch villian.

      • Michael Winter Cho

        Maybe we should all let the facts trickle out as to whether he’s an arch-villain or not. Some of these heated discussions are going to seem pretty silly if he gets called up by a grand jury for a murder case, no? Or maybe the rest of his career will be smooth sailing and they’ll eventually make a movie about what a great dude he is. At this point, the waters have been muddied and false rumors, leaks by the Eagles, from the Eagles, contradictory quotes from players who have their own agenda, from the agent, media and blogger speculation, and of course, RACE is always going to be a part of it (as we all know some people are allergic to that idea).

        • ODBorBustAllDay

          Preach

      • Eagleski

        I never said he was a villain. The FO was tried of the issues with Desean. Like you said, “Yet, it was Kelce being quoted, towards the end of the season, about
        DJax being more dialed in, focused, and involved with the team in a
        positive manner.” So…what does that say about his play in previous years. What does say when he hasn’t even left the locker room after losing (pretty much shutout) the last game and he’s asking for more money. He already was one of the top paid player on the team. How do you think Chip felt when he had to answer that question after the game? If your smart and want to talk about your contract in the GM office with the door shut….not in front of the media. He’s brought on himself. TO jr

    • Maggie

      Actually I think DeSean’s problem was that he did not pay enough attention in the classes about dealing with the “media”.

  • Tannenwald

    The media is doing a wonderful job here, trying to get the story straight.
    This is a testimony to the quality of journalists here, which I am honored to call my peers

    • Maggie

      What??

    • MIke Barrett

      Who the heck is Tannenwald?

  • Dreday410

    Redskins will be stupid to sign DeSean then again its the Redskins

    SO not only will you have an Diva QB you going to add a Diva WR too…they only play the Eagles twice what is going to happen for the other 14 games when RGIII stops passing DeSean the ball because Garcon is bigger and catch more balls

    • ztom6

      DeSean Jackson is a better WR than Pierre Garcon. There’s only a handful of teams for whom DJ wouldn’t be the top WR.

  • Maggie

    So ESPN is back to the old chip Kelly’s “scheme” won’t work in the NFL. Those people are so bloody tiresome.

    • aub32

      No scheme works without talent to run it. The coaches aren’t the ones running throwing and catching.

  • SvelteGodzilla

    Ah yes, Oregon’s vaunted deep-threat receiving corps – the key to Chip Kelly’s college success, featuring such NFL standouts as Drew Davis and Jeff Maehl

  • Rocco Lamagela

    Show me your friends & I’ll show you your future & maybe even your present!