“I don’t respect Chip Kelly”: Former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson lays into Chip Kelly for dismantling Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2022 season with a 14-3 record including a 7-2 record at home and 7-1 on the road. Though Philly lost their Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs, they showcased incredible performance, earning them the NFC Championship after going 4-2 against their NFC East opponents.

Amid a golden period, the former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson remembered a dark history from his time and pulled no punches by launching a scathing attack on former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, accusing him of dismantling the team.

DeSean Jackson blasts former Eagles HC Chip Kelly

Like Tom Brady‘s former coach Bill Belichick, the Eagles former HC Chip too enjoyed the huge advantage of holding administrative control while being the coach of the franchise and he seized the chance to make a drastic change in the roster that made Jackson lose the respect for him.

“I don’t respect Chip Kelly. What he did, you can ask any Eagles fan ever, They’ll tell you the same thing. He dismantled our team.”

Despite having multiple Super Bowl appearances, the now-UCLA football head coach had to search for another destination following being a victim of Kelly’s experiment and he was released after the 2013 season due to gang ties in California.

Besides him, Kelly bade farewell to Mike Vick in the same year and did the same with LeSean McCoy as well as Jeremy Maclin in the next year. DeSean couldn’t digest the shocking decision to bid adieu to these veteran stars including him.

“There’s no way you get rid of DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Mike Vick, Jeremy Maclin. We were Philadelphia.”

Kelly’s Eagles stint ended on a sour note

Following parting ways with Andy Raid after a disappointing 4-12 season in 2013, the Philadelphia team signed the then Oregon Ducks head coach Kelly in an aim to establish themselves as a formidable force in the league.

Chip Kelly

The veteran coach was seemingly determined to accomplish his mission as the Eagles went 10-6 and won the NFC East, albeit they lost in the Wild Card Round against the New Orleans Saints. The Philly squad maintained the same record in the next year too before going 6-9 in 2015 and ultimately getting fired from the franchise.

One of the worst decisions of Chip was to release Jackson who was in his prime with a record of 1,332 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 82 receptions.

As time goes on, the Philadelphia Eagles and its fans continue to reflect on the former coach’s era, a period marked by both promise and disappointment, however, DeSean’s comment serves as an indicator of intricate dynamics between coaches and players in the world of professional football.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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