Chip Kelly’s tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles is over. It was a brief three-year experiment, initially successful, but ultimately confusing and misguided. Ask anybody where it went wrong, and the first thing you hear will probably be about his personnel decisions. One of those confusing decisions was cutting DeSean Jackson, the speedy vertical threat any speedy vertical offense would love to have, after the 2013 season.
Now that Kelly has been ousted, Jackson opened up to MMQB’s Robert Klemko about his feelings on the whole deal, and wouldn’t you know it, he feels a little bit vindicated.
I’m a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you. When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples’ families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids—to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma. I don’t have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there, we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it’s a very sad thing.
Jackson’s right — for a minute there, it really did seem like the Eagles were set up for long-term success. They had oodles of talent at the running back and wide receiver positions, and one of the best offensive lines in football. And then Kelly kind of frittered it all away, without improving the quarterback position or the defense. Now the Eagles are out of the playoffs, and Jackson’s Washington team is in. He may sound solemn, but rest assured he’s smiling a little bit right now.