Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said something that seemed reasonable on its face the other day, suggesting that coach Chip Kelly got rid of wide receiver DeSean Jackson for not buying in.
But as much as Kelly respects his star runner, he denied that was the reason Jackson is gone.
“I don’t send messages to other players by how I deal with other players,” Kelly said, via Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Daily Times. “And how LeSean McCoy interprets things, . . . LeSean has a beautiful mind. Sometimes trying to analyze that mind I don’t wrap myself around that too much. Or bother myself too much with that. However LeSean interprets things is how LeSean interprets things.”
While it would have been an upset to see Kelly call it anything other than “purely a football decision,” the point stands.
If players interpret it that way, it makes it easier for Kelly to ride herd over them. And if that gets them to “buy in” and cooperate, then a goal has been reached.