Chip: DeSean Release Was A Football Decision

Chip Kelly sideline watching
Football decision.

That was the term Chip Kelly (as well as owner Jeffrey Lurie) kept going back to when addressing the release of DeSean Jackson for the first time.

Kelly, speaking at the Eagles 18th annual playground build at Prince Hall School in North Philadelphia, suggested the move was about x’s and o’s and not related to off-field behavior or concerns about the receiver’s influence on the locker room.


"It has nothing to do with anything that was ever written in a newspaper article or any off-field behavior from him," said Kelly. "DeSean was great in the year that I was with him. Wish him nothing but the best in terms of where he is going to be.

"I know he's down in Washington now, we'll face him twice a year. I have nothing but good things to say about DeSean."

Kelly said that Jackson came to practice every day and did what was asked of him. He shot down a report that stated Jackson was insubordinate and got into arguments with his head coach. Said that the wideout's relationship with receivers coach Bob Bicknell was not an issue.

It was "purely a football decision," he said.

That is a difficult story to buy. Jackson had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles last season, but it's in the team's best interest from a football standpoint to remove him from the equation? That doesn't quite add up.

"It adds up for us," said Kelly. "And that's the most important point."

Kelly separated the decision from the NJ.com report detailing Jackson's alleged gang ties. The team released a statement within an hour of that story breaking that Jackson had been cut.

"That had nothing to do with it. The things that happened were in 2009 and 2011 before I ever got here. And when you read it I don't know what he did wrong when you read that article."

So the timing was coincidental?

"I can't tell you that. The timing was exactly when we got back from the owners meetings."

The Eagles received no offers for Jackson at the owners meetings, Kelly said, so the decision was made to cut him. He said he was not surprised that there were no suitors, citing Jackson's hefty contract that was due to pay him around $10 million in 2014. He mentioned the fact that Darrelle Revis -- arguably the top corner in the game -- got released by the Bucs. Economics, though, did not play a part in the decision to move on from Jackson, he said.

Asked why he was silent on the matter for so long, Kelly said "that's just not the way I am. I'm not going to have a press conference when we release players from our organization. I've never felt that way and I'm never going to do it again."

 

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  • MediaMike

    Care to elaborate there Chip? Just saying “it adds up to us” as a football move is nowhere near the same thing a justifying that move (that I agree with Tim – just doesn’t add up) via a discussion of Xs and Os, other statistical elements, and/or cap savings.
    Total cop out answer by Kelly.

    • Eagles1018

      Yes it was a cop out. Unfortunately as it’s been discussed numerous times by the board, nobody will ever know the real reason. I’ll tell you what though, if the Eagles select Brandon Cooks with their 1st pick we’ll all know it’s a big bag of bs he threw at us referring to desean

      • MediaMike

        That would be very telling and I’d thoroughly enjoy the grilling he’d get from a few of the better reporters.

      • Ark87

        So true, the PR team is probably lobbying to take him off the board. I just don’t get it, why would they back themselves into a corner like this. Even if it were pure x’s and o’s. Doesn’t it benefit you to let everyone everyone go on assuming it’s an amalgamation of reasons? Economics/fit/character? If the offense is at all diminished he is going to get crucified by the media. Ridiculed for outsmarting himself, like some other coaches we’ve had here.

        Flip-side, Howie is officially off the hook…

      • Harpy Eagle

        It won’t tell us a thing because other than height and speed they are different players. Cooks has a little shake and bake, is effective going over the middle, fights for the ball in the air and at least makes a realistic attempt to block. Plus has about 15 lbs on Djax.

        • knighn

          Realistically, it’s probably more like 20 lbs. You can tell just by looking at the guys that he is in no way as slight as DeSean. I expect the Eagles to go bigger and taller but would be very happy with Cooks.

      • Malcolm Jones

        They wont draft Cooks, I bet everything! EVERYTHING!!!! Chip spelled out what he wanted at the Florida meeting..and then you saw them bring Mike Evans for a visit….Cooks does a lot of great things but he does not have the height ….

    • Malcolm Jones

      I mean what did you want him to say… we plan on drafting so and so to take his position and eventually give us that production on this young team. Even if he goes into what he wants as far as size, blocking and etc.. he gives everyone else a blueprint on what WR he will take. He can’t announce that to the world or else everyone will jump in front of us and take “insert what ever WR we covet”…. The right answer is “I know who I want and after I get him you will know too”. I think we get Evans or Latimer.

  • gil

    Okay, Kelly is the head coach and he made a football decision……end of story.
    Jackson is now on the Redskins, so no need rehashing again.

    • MediaMike

      But Tim just said that doesn’t add up. Why leave that alone?

      • cheapmeat

        laughing, until I suddenly realized the media doesn’t get sarcasm…

        • MediaMike

          Well if Chip was trolling the reports again, this was good setup.

    • Mike J

      Exactly. Nothing is going to bring him back so let’s (finally) move on from this…

  • cliff henny

    makes some sense, mean we all knew Jax was limited player guess it’s a dealbreaker with Kelly. had me till said it wasnt economics, cause it’s always about the money. they didn’t value jax as a 3yr 30m guy, what’s the harm in admitting that. it all goes together.

    • MediaMike

      Yeah, owning the move that way would have put real closure on it. Saying “We’re not in the business of $11 mil / yr WRs not named Megatron” would have 100% been fine.

    • southy

      looks like he’s not the kind of guy to get out and say something that might be taken as disparaging Desean. So you’re not gonna see “we didn’t think he was worth the money” or “he was limiting what our offense could do”. You’ll see “it was a football decision. I wish him the best.”

      • cliff henny

        true, speaking about money publically is no win for eagles. sure Howie will pop up here in a day or 2 regurgitating same ‘football decision’ line lurie and Kelly recited. is a little insulting to common knowledge fans when using Ware Peppers and Revis as examples of well known players getting cut, when they got cut for economic reasons.

        • TripSquadMonopoly

          If Djacc was set to make 2mil I’m sure we would have still cut him and not even kept him as a safety net.

    • peteike

      okay but per the money why not just keep him this next season based on production alone. Thats not terrible value for the money when youre under the cap and building a team. That right there tells me its not a money issue and it is a football/fit/character thing much more so

      • MediaMike

        I hate the lack of transparency on the move and the loss of talent, but I’m 100% ok if they roll that money straight into extending a whole bunch of guys next off-season when they’re allowed to under the new CBA.
        But some honesty would be nice.

        • peteike

          ya I dont even care, they dont owe me transparency imo. In the end hes just one player, scheme matters more but you need the horses. I think it was a mix between football scheme fit and character/locker room issues, more so the latter but Im just guessing.

          • MediaMike

            And your guess may be totally correct, but I’d like to know exactly what was up so we can judge the results properly at the end of the season.

          • peteike

            I think strength of schedule and playing some tough defenses will get people making correlations to the release of Desean. That and Foles 2nd season as starter. It will most likley be a bit of everything.

          • MediaMike

            I hope they’re not resorting to those types of excuses. 10-6 again, winning the division again, and winning a playoff game is the growth I expect for the season.

        • peteike

          oh and ya, Im esp fine with freeing up that money for the following off season. Thats kind of what made the release so strange, they still could have done that

          • Jernst

            No that’s the thing. They couldn’t. Under the new CBA you can roll unused money forward over and over again. If done correctly you could set yourself up with a huge advantage by having 10s of millions of dollars of extra cap space when you’re ready to compete. If they paid DeSean this year, they couldn’t roll his money forward to next year and they’d have less to work with.

          • Jernst

            Here’s a great write up about what I was just talking about. It really outlines the kind of advantage that can be garnered if smart teams use this new roll forward rule in the CBA to their advantages. http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=66&f=1887&t=11124868

          • Joe from Easton

            This article makes me happy.

      • Jernst

        Agreed. But, the truth is probably somewhere in between and it’s a combination of both. If he’s not the type of WR they want, they see opportunities in the draft to get a WR that they want to involve in the offense early rather than sit him behind three other veteran WRs, and they feel they can use that extra cap space this year to roll over into the next year and lock up the core of this team, and then you add in that he’s a distraction a crappy team mate and a me first guy, and they decide to do it this year and use that money on Foles and company next year when the caps projected to be tighter rather than wait and have $8mil less space next year.

      • GoBirds1

        It is called opportunity cost and developing the team and system for the long haul. If Jackson sticks around for another year the offense looks a a lot different and any rookie WR will not see the field and develop for the future. Furthermore it it indicates a commitment to Foles for the intermediate term. Foles can operate a system with quick release to open receivers, not so good at extending plays with his legs, improvising and launching the ball 70 yards down the field. Finally, of course money had to do with it, but it was not the $10 mil, it was that was not enough for the wannabe rapper, and it will never be enough. By definition, Jackson is one dimensional. Chippah’s philosophy of personnel is based on versatility, hence the conflict and decision. Why is this so hard for fans to get hands around this, or
        Is this just good material for the otherwise talentless media. Tim, of course it makes sense. Let go of the production numbers. It may not be made up by one player, but it will be made up. Remember Bellichick was a
        disasterous failure initially as a HC, like wise for Pete Carroll. No garuntees Chip puts Lombardi Trophies into Lurie’s Novacare Complex, but he will rack up yards, put points on the board and keep football fun GoBirds!!!!

    • JosephR2225

      They only saved $6M by cutting Desean. They could have cut James Casey and saved almost as much and not given up Desean’s production. It’s not about money, except maybe to the extent that the Eagles didn’t want a headache player who didn’t buy into the system making $12M and being an example to younger players.

      • knighn

        From where are you getting your numbers?

        Eagles would have paid DeSean between $10.25 and $10.50 million REAL DOLLARS this year if he stayed on the roster. Not $12 Million. The extra $2 million in projected CAP DOLLARS came from proration of The 2012 Bonus money already paid…. NOT any guaranteed REAL dollars for this year. When Jackson was cut, the CAP hit from proration of his 2012 Bonus was accelerated all into this year… and so a $6 Million Cap Hit (CAP DOLLARS, not REAL DOLLARS).

        The result, financially, of cutting DeSean Jackson is this:
        #1) The Eagles saved in excess of $10 million in Very REAL Dollars this year (2014).
        #2) The Eagles get to roll over $8.5 million in CAP Dollars to next season (2015 – when Nick Foles and other players will be looking to get paid).
        #3) The Eagles save $6.5 million in CAP Dollars this year (2014).

        If the reason was purely financially, I’m pretty sure that reasons #1 and #2 had a lot more to do with the decision than #3.

        For more details, take a look at this (fortunately still available):
        http://www.eaglescap.com/Players/DeSeanJackson.html

        Let me know if you have any questions.

    • Jamie

      Kelly is not a money guy, why would it be about money with him? Money is Lurie and Howie’s department. Chip said he wanted to go a different direction in 2014, and the decision was made to trade DJax as soon as the season was over.
      But he didn’t have any trade value with that $10M price tag hanging around his neck. No surprise there. Cutting him loose to go negotiate on his own was the best thing for DeSean. Going a different direction at WR may be the best thing for the Eagles.
      Kelly would know, better than any of us ever will.

      • MediaMike

        He can feel free to fully explain what he knows better and then totally put himself on record.

        • Jamie

          To who, you? Yeah right!
          I know this much, Kelly has AWAYS insisted his WRs be enthusiastic blockers.
          The saying at Oregon was/is: “No block no rock.”
          So show me the highlight reel of DeSean taking out safeties and corners as Shady or Bryce hits the second level.
          If it’s more than 15 seconds long, you can ask for your explanation again. If not, you’ll just have to settle for: “We’re going in a different direction,” and “it was a football decision,” and extrapolate from there.

          • MediaMike

            I’ll request what I’d like from the team if that’s ok with you. Kelly had a great first season as a coach, but hasn’t earned by blind obedience and trust as a fan. You can feel free to give him yours, but I’ll continue to look for deeper answers and explanations.

          • Harpy Eagle

            Well you’re not going to get any answers from the team by posting your desires here.

    • Jernst

      Yea, I agree. If Jackson was signed for 3yr 12 million total left on his deal he’d still be here. But, I can kind of get how having a limited WR that puts up great numbers at times and disappears at other times, because his limitations allow him to occasionally be taken completely out of the game against better competition, and who is not good inside the red zone and who can’t consistently beat tight man to man defense, would not be a scheme fit for Kelly, when he’s paid as the #1 WR and eats up a substantial part of cap dedicated to the WR position.

      Kelly might just want a lower variance player. I player who can consistently move the chains may be seen as more valuable than a player who puts up a huge electric play once or twice a game, but is otherwise quite. Would you rather have a RB that gets 4 yards per carry 100% of the time or one that gets stuffed for no gain 19 times and then busts off an 80 yard run. Not realistic, but it shows the effects of variance at their extremes. Chip wants to a low variance WR core that can beat man coverage with size and skill and not a speed demon that runs a limited route tree and can be swallowed up by talented man corners.

  • Boss Luciano

    Why does it have to add up?

  • daggolden

    It was a perfect football decision. Barney Rubble in other wordrs says 1300 yards 82 catches and 9 tds are no longer needed on the Eagles. Pro bowl WR grow on trees in Philly. Hell maybe Maclin going into his 6th year will finally hit 1000 yards for the first time in his career. What a wonderful 1st round bust.

    • MediaMike

      ha ha ha ha ha.

    • Weapon Y

      I love the Barney Rubble comparison. Never thought of that before.

    • Pennguino

      Yards don’t win games. Points do. During the same 4 years that Maclin has been in the league and played, Desean has averaged 100 more yards a year. Thats barely 7 yards a game more per game. How many times has Desean broke into double digit TD’s? NONE. Mac hit it once already when he had a good QB play back in 2010. Mac averages just over 1 TD more than DJ per year. I think Mac will but up 12/12 this year in this offense. 12 TD’s and 1200 yards.

  • peteike

    in other words it was a character/locker room issue and it does the team no good to say that publicly and so they skirt it completely

  • dislikedisqus

    I seem to recall when CK was first hired, there was a story about him calling DeSean and telling him he was really going to be featured in his offense.

  • gil

    All-Pro Revis was cut also…..plus All-Pro Chris Johnson……so cutting DeSean is no big deal…..Maclin will have more catches and touchdowns, than deSean will have this season.

    • MediaMike

      Interesting prop bet right there, but Jackson is playing with RGKnee (or RG3&10 or RG3&out) and on a team with a bad o-line.

    • JosephR2225

      Revis was an All-Pro three years (and one ACL) ago, and cutting him saved $16M. Johnson was an All-Pro five years ago and has declined every year since then. Neither team is in contention.
      The Desean release is different. It just is. He was at the top of his game, only 27 years old, and cutting him didn’t save all that much money

      • MediaMike

        I’m one of the strongest pro-Jackson guys here, but they netted about $16 million of cap space for 2015 with the move. That along with cutting Meco, Cary, Todd, and Celek is going to allow the team to dump a ton of money in early extensions for a few key guys. I can’t discount that, but I’d like to hear them own up to the logic.

      • gil

        DeSean stats were a FLUKE last year. If Maclin did not get hurt Maclin would have had the most catches and touchdowns, AGAIN.
        The previous year 2012, Macklin was BETTER than DeSean….Maclin had 79 catches and 7 touchdowns…..DeSean only only had 43 catches and TWO touchdowns the ENTIRE SEASON.

        Eagles are not stupid to pay DeSean $10 million for a similar lousy production this season.

        • MediaMike

          Self-tacklin Maclin?

          • gil

            DeSean duckin to ground before anyone tackles him?

          • MediaMike

            Jokes about ducking hits aside, 3 pro bowls vs. zero is a clear cut demonstration of who the better player is. I’ll tip my cap to you if Maclin has a pro bowl season.

          • peteike

            yup, one did and one might. Im not getting all the Maclin praise right now. It remains to be seen and Im a fan who defended him a ton when people bashed him.

          • gil

            Pro bowl popularity votes mean nothing.
            Championships are what matters…….DeSean had only 3 catches in the NFC East championship game vs Dallas…..and again only 3 catches in the Saints playoff games, that stinks for a $10 million player.

          • MediaMike

            No, earned accolades for being at the top of your profession are not “nothing.”

          • gil

            So you were happy with DeSean stinkin with only 3 catches in the Dallas Championship games…..and only 3 catches in the Saints playoff game……I’m sure Maclin could do better.

          • MediaMike

            I wasn’t happy with that at all, but Maclin would be less open than Jackson in the exact same circumstances. In the Saints game, a few well placed throws by Foles would have resulted in more catches for Jackson. The “highlight” film that was shown of Jackson being “covered” by Lewis showed Jackson with more than enough separation to make catches had Foles cared to throw a few more in there.

          • gil

            So now your saying that Maclin would have had LESS than three catches in BOTH the Dallas and Saints games…you’re full of soup…LOL.

  • oreofestar

    DAMN Thomas just got some serious coin

    • MediaMike

      He actually gave them a home town discount. He only added $40 million and 4 years to the deal. Earl Thomas taking 4 / $40 when Byrd got 6 / $54 was very nice of him.

      • oreofestar

        he got the same amount of guaranteed and a higher average salary on a shorter deal

        • MediaMike

          That was very nice of Earl. He could have totally held them up for more.

          • oreofestar

            I mean Byrd got 2 more years and 16nil more I am sure Thomas might have been able to get a little more but the deal works for both sides can’t wait to see Sherman get some disgusting deal

          • MediaMike

            I want to be invited to that contract party if Thomas and Sherman are hosting it. We can tweet pictures of fat stacks of cash to that sorry receiver Crabtree and his bum QB Kaepernick all night.
            L.O.B!

          • oreofestar

            Yep Sherman is gonna get something like 5 years 74mil while Crabtree is gonna end up getting like half of that lol

          • MediaMike

            Crabtree and Kaepernick might be stuck having a holdout party somewhere if they don’t get re-upped soon……………. and you know Sherman will let them know about it.
            Sherman literally has me dying with laughter every time he speaks. He plays the heel / trolls Niners fans with a high level of skills.

          • Maggie

            Perhaps, but SF has all those draft picks and have shown a lot of interest in at least a couple of WRs. Hmmm.

      • Tom W

        Don’t see that as a discount. Ten mil a yr is more than 9 mil a year and he gets to hit free agency again at a young age and get another monster deal

        • MediaMike

          If Byrd got $9 / year on the open market, I’d bet my life that Thomas wouldn’t struggle to get to $11 / year with some of the owners out there.

    • peteike

      yup, but man Brandon Graham is money

      • MediaMike

        Thank McDermott’s horrific coaching and Tyson Clabo’s cheap shot for never being able to see Graham’s true value and a double digit sack guy each year.

        • peteike

          ya I dont hate BG, just had to get that in there because I knew someone would start whining about it ha

          • MediaMike

            My favorite point on that draft pick was that idiot McDermott would have ruined Thomas as well.

        • John E. Zang

          I don’t know how you can blame McDermott. He’s a damn good defensive coach and he had subpar Andy drafted talent to work with. I believe had we kept McDermott Andy may still have his job here. I recall the great game plan to beat Peyton Manning that year that sold me on him. He was very inexperienced and a rookie DC and now he coaches one of the top defenses in Carolina.

        • Weapon Y

          Graham would excel on a 4-3 team, as he did in 2012 when actually allowed to play, but just doesn’t fit here anymore. It was still the wrong pick (come on, it should’ve been Earl Thomas), but he isn’t a bust. A good not great pick, executed badly by Andy and co., and then given the shaft by Chip’s 3-4 defense. If we can’t get anything in return, he’ll be a rotational guy one last year and then he’ll walk.

  • Leegles

    DeSean’s production last year was great, but Chip clearly didn’t expect him to repeat it. Maybe Kelly wants WRs to act more like TEs on the edge? D-Jax isn’t particularly versatile. Sure, yeah, he’s explosive, but Chip clearly isn’t interested in an offense based on Madden-like deep balls.

    • gil

      Exactly right….no way would DeSean have even close to the same stats he had last season…..the catches would have been spread around to Maclin and Sproles, and less for the pouting disruptive DeSean.

      • GoBirds1

        Look at Wes Welker leaving NE to Denver. Catches and yds/gm way down, but also missed multiple games down the stretch. Likelihood Jackson has 16 game seasons for the next two seasons very unlikely.

  • Brandon Boykin, LOL

    Chip didn’t like DeSean. It’s really simple.

    • NickS1

      There’s a lot of truth to that. I think Jernst nailed some of the other parts of it, above.

  • Weapon Y

    Is this another case of Chip sticking to the big people beat up little people philosophy? Is he thinking a big rookie WR will outperform DJax?

    • oreofestar

      no but he is thinking a rookie, Sproles and Maclin should outperform DJAX in fact between Robinson(just filling in a rookie), Maclin and Sproles I can see 2000 yards

      • Weapon Y

        There’s no reason why they couldn’t have DJax and the rookie this season when they have $25 million in cap space. They couldve waited to release DJax next year if money in future cap space was the concern. That’s why it makes no sense.

        • Maggie

          Continuing to endlessly argue about a done deal makes even less sense.

    • Malcolm Jones

      Yes… look at this draft class and the next two after that… the WR and CB are getting bigger….Kelly is ahead of the curb

      • Weapon Y

        Rookies are a crapshoot. Odds are high we get stuck with another Freddie Mitchell or Reggie Brown. Say what you want about DJax, but he consistently put up high stats every year. You don’t have that certainty with a player who hasn’t played an NFL snap.

        • Malcolm Jones

          I am not saying a rookie is going to come in a run the table, but I am not saying Deseans overall stats tell the whole story….

          Something to think about:Chip
          Kelly saw his most productive receiver have under 83 yards in 11
          games. In 9 of those 11 games, that same receiver went under 64 yards.

          He had under 50 yards in both games against Dallas(our toughest games)

          only 59 in the Lions game

          only 34 yards against Denver (DRC)

          under 36 yards in the Arizona game

          29 yards against the Bears(the high scoring game)

          and 53 yards in the New Orleans game.

          These will be the teams standing in the way of our lombardi….Jackson’s big time ability did not matter/ nor was it the difference maker that you expect from your #1 in these games.

      • Maggie

        “ahead of the curb?”

    • Jernst

      DeSean’s production certainly will not be replicated. I think Kelly is working with a variance model of game theory in which a low variance consistent ability to pick up smaller amounts of yards and less explosive plays is better for consistent production on the score board than the more volatile big play or two and nothing else model that Jackson brought to the team.

      Less exciting for fans, but might make us more successful in the playoffs when we know we can convert 3rd and 7 on a consistent basis rather than punting 3 or 4 times in that scenario until DeSean reels in a 60 yard bomb.

      • Weapon Y

        I get that idea, but I am skeptical of assuming good WRs grow on trees. Odds are high in the draft of getting a crappy WR who doesn’t bring any production, let alone consistent production, like FredEx or Reggie Brown. Also, cap space this year is huge. Why not make WR an area of huge depth this year by getting a low variance, consistent production guy in the draft AND keep DJax? If future cap space is a concern and the rookie looks good, then it makes sense to cut DJax, but not now.

        • Jernst

          That was exactly the same problem I have with this theory in practice. While they were talking about trading him I repeatedly said, why not get the WR in the draft first, make sure he’s the right guy and then cut DeSean next year. Ultimately, and I don’t have all the actuary tables of future salaries at my disposal like I’m sure Howie does, but the only thing I can guess is that the additions of Maclin and Sproles made them comfortable enough to move DeSean this year, which gives them an extra $6.5 mil in space to roll over into next year, possibly removes a player that they thought had a bad attitude on the team and allows them to focus on building the offense and utilizing the plays that they want instead of trying to accommodate DeSean’s skill set.

          Even with my explanation it’s still a puzzling move and one I’m still trying to completely wrap my head around. But, the more I hear from Chip and look into what he wants, what his offense is trying to do and how it was stopped last year. That’s the best I got.

      • PaoliBulldog

        I got your point. Basketball is a complex sport with five lines of scrimmage; football has become logarithmically more complex over the past 30 years as the importance of eleven points of attacks is discovered. If a bigger WR makes three blocks/game that DJax couldn’t make, and two of them lead to a TD, then the WR’s receptions matter somewhat less.

    • Maggie

      Perform differently than DJax. Outperform? Do you mean more highlight of the night catches? I’d rather have the guy who is a workman, with maybe an occasional big moment. Like Jernst has been saying. Someone who can work all over the field, along with the other receivers on the team.

  • Jernst

    Jackson is a high variance WR who is very small and relies on one extreme talent (his absurd speed) to compensate for all his failings and that talent is inevitably going to diminish over the next few yrs leaving him with nothing else. Kelly desires a large low variance WR who can consistently beat man coverage, break tackles and block in the run game. I might not agree completely with the decision, but that’s what just happened.

    Kelly saw that the preferred way to defend his team was to put 7-8 in the box play press man w one safety shaded to DeSeans side and he didn’t like the our lack of ability to counter that on offense. He’s stated multiple times since our playoff loss to NO that finding WRs that can beat press man on a consistent basis is paramount to our continued success and improvement on offense. That, coupled with DeSean’s release leads me to believe that they did not see DeSean as someone who could do that consistently.

    DeSean, despite his speed and short area quickness, needs some space and time to let his speed really show. He needs longer developing routes that allow him to run away from DBs. He’ll never be someone that can take two steps up field, make a cut, catch the ball and break a tackle to get YAC, and that’s essentially what I think Chip would prefer. He wants the QB to have the ball out of his hands in 2.5 seconds and the skill he wants at WR is the ability to make quick catches and overpower the DBs on a regular basis. I get the feeling he thinks he can scheme people wide open for big explosive plays, and doesn’t require 4.3 speed to do so. But, he can’t scheme someone to be able to catch a short pass in 2.5 seconds while boxing out the CB, breaking tackles and getting YAC as well as blocking in the run game. Those are the skills he requires, blazing speed is nice, but not a requirement.

    Kelly would rather have a player that can consistently beat that single high press man look than one who can be taken out of the game for long periods and then
    make up the difference on that stat sheet w a big play. Low variance over high variance.

    Just ask yourself what type of RB you’d like to have, one that was guaranteed to gain 0 yards on his first 19 carries then bust off an 80 yd td on his 20th run or one that gained 4 yrds on every carry 100% of the time? Obviously the examples are not quite realistic, but they show the effects at the extremes of variance. Both these players average 4 yards per carry, but I and every other coach would take the low variance 4 yrds guaranteed player every time.

    Don’t kid yourself though, with only Cooper and a rehabbing Maclin on a 1 yr deal, and us checking out every WR in the draft with a 1st round grade (except Brandon Cooks) chip wants a weapon at WR, he just wants a different kind of weapon.

    • Malcolm Jones

      Preach!!!! exactly my sentiments

      • Jernst

        I’ve always said that football games turn or are out right won on those seemingly small plays when a player gains 8 yards on 3rd and 7 instead of 6 or when you score from the 2 yard line as opposed to settle for a FG. Those plays are never revealed in the stats, but they’re infinitely important to the W-L column.

        Big explosive plays make great Sports Center highlights, but the teams filled with Hines Wards and Duce Staleys and players like that are the ones that keep drives alive, score TDs instead of FGs and have more consistent, rather than the boom or bust that we’ve seen in recent years, success.

        • botto

          i agree whole-heartily, well said, and you are exactly correct about whats to come, a lot of great stuff from chipper.
          there was one time when a game was won on one explosive play in the new meadowlands as time expired…… that was fun.
          i think our offense will be better with a tougher receiver like cooks or latimer..

    • All Things Bad@ss

      I think you’re right on the money

    • Amar

      One of the better explanations…

    • K.

      Love this reply… Very informative and makes total sense.

      • Jernst

        I honestly, did not agree with the release at all when it happened. It was only after a lot of time thinking about it that it finally came together. The choices were to either keep DeSean and have the same problem come playoff time next year or start trying to get the WR that will make Chips offense unstoppable now. Add in the ability to roll the cap saving forward, the deep draft at WR, DeSean’s questionable me-first attitude, his potential desire for even more money, and his known ability to tank it when he’s not getting said desired money and doing it now makes the most sense.

    • #7

      I was gonna come on here and be angry, but your post quelled that notion. Probably one of the best posts I’ve seen on here. The long developing routes….. that was a huge problem in the AR Era and AR didn’t move him around like Chip did. Chip was able to compensate, but still, nothing in return? Yeah they say that they couldn’t find a trade partner and I think that’s crap. Maclin as my #1….I don’t like it. Some rookie isn’t going to light it up either. I just don’t like the arrogance of Kelly. People say that Kelly “schemed” these numbers out of Jackson, but #10 has had great years before. Kelly seems to forget that this is the NFL and talent makes the scheme work

      • Jernst

        Thanks for the response. Glad I kept you from being angry tonight. Jackson is a tremendous talent, that’s for sure. His numbers and production are exceptional for a big play deep threat. He’s arguably the best deep threat in the league at this time. His production was not just a function of Chips scheme and will not be replicated over a season by one player.

        The question you need to ask yourself is why was our offense slowed down in that last playoff game and really quite a bit in the last month of the season? And, how can we combat that with either scheme or talent. I don’t have the time to review all the film for hours and give you a definitive answer, but with 8 catches in his last 3 playoff games all against teams that played us with press man coverage, I think it’s not out of line to question if there’s something Jackson is not bringing to the table. If we can find someone that forces teams to abandon the sell out against the run, play press man and dare the WR to beat us coverage and makes teams pay for that look, we win that playoff game. And, I think that’s the ultimate goal. Finding someone that can beat that look on a consistent basis and Jackson simply can’t.

        As for getting no compensation, I was just as mad as you when I found out he was released outright. But, looking at it objectively it’s really rare for a player with a $10mil base salary to get traded in this league. Teams just can’t absorb that kind of hit. They obviously didn’t get any offers, if they got even a 7th round pick they would have taken it.

      • borntosuffer

        “Yeah they say that they couldn’t find a trade partner and I think that’s crap.” So, they turned down a trade to release him? I don’t get it.

    • NickS1

      Excellent point about the variance, and very well articulated. A few of the points have been made on here, but it doesn’t seem to really get through to people. Thank you, as this seems to have been well received. Hopefully we can finally put this whole thing to rest and move on. Great post.

      • Jernst

        Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. I’m glad people are moving on from talking about the lack of compensation and gang signs on instagram, because the really really intriguing thing about this move is all that it tells us about what Chip wants on offense, how he plans to attack defenses and how he plans to counter our biggest offensive weakness last year. This move gives us more insight into Chip’s scheme, what it will look like going forward or and who we are going to try to draft than anything else we’ve seen so far.

        • NickS1

          Yeah, the only thing I’ll add is there is truth behind the two not getting along and DeSean not buying in, basically making this a no-brainer decision for Chip. It makes the talk of DeSean not a fit true all around, from everything you’ve noted, to things that have been brought up about the two not liking each other. I hate the cliche, but I learned about the two not getting along from a guy who’s in the know. Either way, let’s all move forward.

          • Jernst

            Oh for sure. There’s no doubt DeSeans a bit of a dbag and Chip didn’t like his attitude either. When everything comes together that’s why you have the outright release.

  • Jernst

    I think Chip’s offense is going to look a lot different this year and I for one am really excited to see his vision take form. I loved all the great plays and amazing memories that DeSean gave us. I will never forget his punt return in the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, his opening play 85 yard TD against the Washington team on MNF and a host of other huge plays. But, that’s the animalistic id part of my brain that likes huge plays and excitement. At the end, my rational side realized, just like it did with Vick, that boom or bust explosion, while fun and exciting, leaves me watching other teams in late January.

  • John J. King

    Is this over yet?

    • Maggie

      Apparently not. Some folks just can’t stop talking about a former receiver on the Eagles who was cut and has signed somewhere else. It doesn’t matter if he was Michael irvin and Lynn Swann and Jerry Rice rolled int one. HE’S GONE!!

      • PaoliBulldog

        Memory is persistent. Releasing DJax is the boldest stroke of the Kelly regime thus far. I hope hindsight proves it a prescient one as well.

  • Brandon Baltic

    I sort of said this on the earlier Lurie piece but to reiterate here too:

    If it’s not so surprising that they couldn’t get any trade offers on him due to his hefty contract, why not release him at the start of free agency so you can use his money to sign a Ware or a Byrd? Although I still may not have agreed with it then, you could have sold me on the fact that it was a football move by the potential to make the team better overall. Waiting until after free agency was over just seemed like the decision was helter-skelter and amateurish.

    • Jernst

      They clearly did not want Ware or Byrd and were in no way hindered by the cap in their pursuit of them. They didn’t need to release DeSean earlier to go after other FAs so they tried to trade him for as long as they could.

      • Brandon Baltic

        I’m using Ware and Byrd as examples but there had to be players they wanted that they chose not to go after because of the price tag. Cutting DeSean before FA maybe allows them to get a piece they otherwise thought they couldn’t afford. Maybe they go after Revis who only got a 1 year deal or a Justin Tuck who only got 1 year guaranteed. Anyone. It doesn’t matter. And you can’t say they would have or wouldn’t have. We don’t know. But by cutting him earlier you at least keep your options open especially since apparently everyone knew they weren’t going to be able to trade him.

        • Jernst

          First off Brandon, what you are saying just doesn’t make logical sense. They had more than enough cap room to sign anyone they wanted. The cap room was not the issue when it came to signing these players. They could have fit any of the contracts given out this FA period under their cap without cutting DeSean. So cutting DeSean earlier would not have had any effect as the cap space was already available.

          As you say, “a piece they otherwise thought they couldn’t afford.” If they already had the cap space to sign them without releasing DeSean and knew they were going to release or trade him anyways later in the year, then they would know they were going to have that extra cap space eventually anyway, so it REALLY doesn’t matter then.

          • Jernst

            The issue with these large contracts, was that they didn’t want these players at that price going forward, it has nothing to do with the amount of cap space they had in February vs May. For god sakes, do you really think the Eagles FO is such a bumbling group of idiots that they’d be caught off guard by their own decision to cut DeSean and are now sitting around going, “Jeez, if we had just known we were planning on cutting him all along and knew that we’d eventually have extra cap space this year we could have gotten some player that we really wanted. Oh well, next time we’ll have to really think this out beforehand.”?

            Also, nice work up-voting all your own posts…

  • Msg1

    Sure Mr Chips and the moon is made of green cheese .
    Release of a pro bowl player in his prime and getting no compensation is idiotic and clumsily executed .
    It made no football sense

    • Javi Echie

      10.5 million football reasons makes sense

  • PaoliBulldog

    I believe none of CK’s comments, but whatever. I said a year ago that DJax didn’t fit the CK profile of a big guy; never would have guessed that Eagles would cut DJax for football reasons.

    I hope the next Eagles #1 receiver weighs 210 pounds and stands 6-2. And I further hope DJax gets blown up by a big Philly safety right on top of the Birds logo this fall.