When the Philadelphia Eagles parted with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, it seemed like a move that had to be made in the eyes of the Eagles. Players made comments that painted a non-favor picture of Jackson.
A CBS Philly report stated that Jackson had consistently undermined head coach Chip Kelly, including “cussing him out” in front of the team. There were quotes of Jackson being a “me-guy”, and players not liking how he talked to Kelly. One teammate going as far as saying, “Now he’s the Redskins problem”.
No one from the Eagles organization had publicly had anything positive to say about Jackson, that is until now.
In an interview with Birds 24/7 Eagles running back LeSean McCoy voiced his support for Jackson.
“I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn’t really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different,” McCoy said. “And playing against him is really gonna be different.”
“I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen them two really get into it. Coach Kelly, the good thing I will say about him is he’s understanding. So if there’s ever an issue or problem, he seems to always work it out.”
“What I did see of DeSean was just we hung out off the field, on the field, we talked, we texted. So when you say he didn’t bond with the team, I don’t know what that means because I was a teammate and we bonded.”
“It’s some big shoes to fill. DeSean was by far one of the best playmakers in the game and the biggest deep threat there is in the game. So some big shoes to fill for sure. But then again, I think the front office, obviously they know what they’re doing. If you’re making moves like that, you obviously have something up your sleeve where you know you can get something that’s similar or even better.”
McCoy did give his support for the Eagles’ front office and Chip Kelly, “We have a great relationship. I think people are getting the wrong picture like he cut one of his best players, I don’t think it’s that. I think it’s just that was a decision they made. As far as personality-wise, Chip, he does well with everybody.”
Adding, “When you’re making moves like that, they obviously know something, and I’ve got a lot of trust in them.”