DeSean Jackson’ release was a bold move, but was part of the Eagles plan.
DeSean Jackson is no longer a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Too much is being said about his affiliation with street gangs and whether he fit the locker room culture that head coach Chip Kelly wants to establish. His big contract could be an issue too, as well as other things we have no idea about. We shouldn’t rule out anything. There has been no official word on what led the Eagles to this decision and may never will.
Why it happened, it’s not worth dwelling on. What is important is that Philadelphia lost a talented player, just months after the best season of his career. Jackson was the best wide receiver on the Eagles roster last year and their greatest offensive weapon on the outside.
We shouldn’t expect the Eagles offense to be the same without Jackson. We shouldn’t expect it to be much different, too. The principles remain the same and Jeremy Maclin and Darren Sproles are more than capable to replace Jackson and Jason Avant – the only personnel losses from the 2013 offense.
Kelly and Howie Roseman (the Eagles’ general manager) took a big risk, but they wouldn’t cut a player if they thought this will not help the team, at least in the long term. I’m not on the “In Chip We Trust” bandwagon, but I’m sure Kelly has a plan and we should wait for game results before coming up with any conclusions.
What DeSean Jackson’s release shows is the confidence the front office has in Chip Kelly. He is the one that makes the final call when it comes to personnel. Roseman wouldn’t have give Kelly so much power if he wasn’t convinced by the way Kelly likes to build and run the team.
This sums the story up, I believe, but I don’t expect the curtain to fall anytime soon. If the Eagles offense takes a step back in 2014, I am sure Kelly and Roseman will be under fire from many fans for DeSean Jackson’s release. Some won’t turn the page just as easy as some others and Jackson’s name will be brought up many times in the future.
P.S. I’ve read countless tweets comparing Jackson’s case with what Riley Cooper’s racial slur last summer. In my opinion, these are two completely different situations. The first is something that extends over many years and the other is something that happened in a heated encounter. If it was more than an unfortunate incident, the Eagles would have sent Cooper packing a long time ago.