As Chip Kelly approached his table at the Annual NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando Florida, he first needed to get through the swarm of media that was waiting for him. When he took his seat and opened for discussion the focus of the press conference was geared towards the fate of receiver DeSean Jackson.
Kelly was open to discuss any array of questions regarding any of the players currently employed by the Eagles organization. But when asked about DJax, a finely scripted answer that echoed GM Howie Roseman’s.
“I like DeSean,” Kelly said. “DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we’re always going to do what’s best for the organization.”
You’re probably asking yourself right now why four words are bold. Those are the words that you need to be paying attention to, it’s called reading between the lines. Sometimes there’s nothing more to it than the words spoke, generally there’s more beef there than offered.
“Did” a really nice job and “always going to do what’s best for the organization” are not exactly ringing endorsements for DeSean Jackson and a return to Philadelphia in 2014. Typically when there is no intention of moving a player a coach will say such and such player does a nice job, not did.
Did is past tense as in see ya later DeSean Jackson.
This situation involving the Eagles and Jackson is no longer rumor, it’s no longer speculation. It’s becoming a distraction.
Whether or not Jackson will remain with Philadelphia in 2014 is yet to be seen. But I am not sold on him making a return at this point and will not be until Chip Kelly himself clearly indicates that Jackson will in fact return. I think what we’re seeing here is the Eagles weren’t getting as many calls as initially anticipated which was due to them saying they’ll release Jackson if they can’t trade him.
Now Kelly is forced to back track that statement in hopes to rebuild the potential pool of buyers for the three time Pro Bowl receiver.