Shady speaks about DeSean Jackson
It’s been over two weeks since the Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver DeSean Jackson and it’s still a hot topic in the city. The fans and media won’t let it go which means the players are still being hounded with questions about Jackson and his relationship with Chip Kelly. Amazingly today is the first day we’ve heard a former teammate, LeSean McCoy, discount some of what’s been reported about said relationship.
Asked about the CBS-3 story that alleged Jackson had repeated conflicts with Kelly and cursed the coach out in front of the team, McCoy said: “I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen the two of them get into it. Coach Kelly, the good thing I’ll say about him is, he’s understanding. If you have an issue or a problem, he seems to always work it out.”
Most of what’s being reported has said Jackson was a disruptive force in the locker room, defying the new head coach at any opportunity. That could be true and even after McCoy’s defense of his friend it still could be.
I though think it’s very telling that the star of this team is the person defending Jackson and has the balls to do it publicly. In addition Shady in his own way called out the anonymous players saying the team will be better off without Jackson.
A CBS-3 story quoted anonymous current and former Eagles saying Jackson was selfish and divisive, indicating they felt the team was better off without him.
McCoy, speaking at the conclusion of a Saturday morning youth clinic at Camden Catholic High, said: “It’s a surprise for sure. Anybody that tells you they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It is a surprise. You’ve heard so much, you don’t really know (what’s true).(Philly.com)
Will Shady’s comments create any problems in the locker room? No, not a chance but what it does is prove the point that many have said. That point is that on the field, the Eagles offense will be much different and that they’ve lost a huge threat. A threat that will be very difficult to replace.
McCoy also had words about his head coach and just like Jackson, he defended Chip. He essentially said that with Kelly’s personality the move had to be football related. He also added that the team must have known what they’re doing and have “something up their sleeve”.
“He’s honest. He likes hard work,” McCoy said of Kelly, who went 10-6 in his first season coaching the team. “And he’s respectful … I think people are getting the wrong picture — ‘oh, he’s cut one of his best players’ — I don’t think it’s that. I think it’s just that was a decision they made.”
“Then again, the front office, they obviously know what they’re doing. You make a move like that, you obviously have something up your sleeve, where you know you can get something that’s similar or even better.”
Only time will tell if the Eagles made the right move here and with McCoy now defending Jackson who knows if we ever know what has really happened in Philadelphia.