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DeSean Jackson chalks up Chip Kelly’s firing to “bad karma”

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After the Eagles abruptly fired coach Chip Kelly 10 days ago, guys like Bills running back LeSean McCoy and Washington receiver DeSean Jackson had nothing to say on Twitter. McCoy publicly said nothing at all, and Jackson later offered up a “could care less.”

Jackson has since decided he cares enough to make an observation on the situation.

“I’m a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you,” Jackson told Robert Klemko of TheMMQB.com. “When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples’ families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids — to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma. I don’t have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it’s a very sad thing.”

But plenty of players get released or traded by every coach, every year. The lingering resentment for Kelly seems to be that he didn’t apply a different standard when it comes to his star players. Which is fine as long as those star players don’t continue to be star players with a new team.

That’s what hurts Kelly’s future prospects more than anything else. Unlike Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose former players rarely if ever do much of anything with a new team, Kelly saw Jackson, McCoy, and Maclin play well elsewhere — without adequately replacing their production in Philadelphia.

Especially at the skill positions, it’s critical to have a Plan B that plays roughly as well as the former Plan A performs in his next city. Absent that, it’s important to kind a way to keep the guy around.

As to Jackson, he seems to realize that some of the responsibility for his struggles lands on his shoulders.

“It made me a lot more mature,” Jackson said of getting cut by Kelly. “I got released coming off what I felt was the best year of my career. I had over 1,100 yards and I still got released? I’m asking myself, What was it that I did wrong? But it wasn’t about my skills. It was about off the field. But I was never a bad guy. I just needed to tighten up on my end, be more of a professional and know that there was more to it than how you performed.”

The better approach would have been for Kelly and Jackson to figure out how to get the player to mature without cutting him. That way, the Eagles would still be benefiting from his presence, Washington wouldn’t, and Kelly may still have a job instead of scrambling to find one.

If Kelly lands another job right away, will he mature as a coach? Will he learn that, instead of simply insisting that players buy in to his ways, Kelly has a responsibility to try to sell them on his systems, and to work through any issues that arise?

Or will he believe that immediately landing on his feet constitutes validation of his ways, encouraging him to do exactly what he did with the Eagles?

It could be an interesting sociological experiment. Especially for the fan base of the next team that hires Kelly.

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18 Responses to “DeSean Jackson chalks up Chip Kelly’s firing to “bad karma””
  1. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:32 AM

    …….DeSean,you may be right, but this isn’t the week to ‘stir-the-pot’……your head needs to BE into prepping for the Green Bay game. You can gloat after your season is over.

  2. key2heat says: Jan 8, 2016 9:32 AM

    Maybe he was ran off because he continues to show gang signs on the field.

  3. metrocritical says: Jan 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Some may attribute the firing to bad karma but the better, more objective explanation is bad football. Ponderous trades, releases and other personnel moves that weaken rosters, decrease performance and damage morale usual result in job loss. Pretty simple.

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2016 9:41 AM

    Something to be said about the fact many, many guys who left after playing for Kelly had nothing but terrible things to say about the man.

  5. chaseutley says: Jan 8, 2016 9:41 AM

    Pot, meet kettle.

  6. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    God DeSean Jackson is the most incredible athlete and person in Sports. He has matured so much with the Redskins and I’m not surprised. We have that effect on people. You come here to real franchise after years of wasting time in Lala land…I mean Eagle land. No shock to me that DeSean has grown up here and is on the cusp of winning a Superbowl. All of you who bash him must like History or that subject because you have NO grasp on the Present. #HTTR

  7. spiffybiff says: Jan 8, 2016 10:08 AM

    I have ran into a few people who have known or met Jackson. They have all said he is the lowest and worst person they have ever met

  8. rogerdw66 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:19 AM

    When you get rid of fan favorites, and don’t show immediate results for it, you will not last long. Daniels did it in Denver and didn’t last long.

  9. jerseygirl57 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    Chip Kelly is a narcissist. He will always believe that he is right and everyone else is wrong. Good luck, SF.

  10. sonnyboychris says: Jan 8, 2016 11:46 AM

    He isn’t stirring the pot, he answered a question in a non offensive and diplomatic way. Hell… He even took ownership of his shortcomings. What more do you want?

  11. mlenenski says: Jan 8, 2016 12:05 PM

    Bottom line is one idiot helped his team get into the playoffs, the other guy got fired for being a idiot.

  12. rcali says: Jan 8, 2016 12:39 PM

    Didn’t MeSean play about half the season this year?

  13. collectordude says: Jan 8, 2016 12:47 PM

    If the 49ers hire Kelly, they will regret it.

  14. snakeplizkn says: Jan 8, 2016 12:51 PM

    Desean and Lesean…still acting like women scorned. Meanwhile Maclin keeps his head down and moves on.

    Speaks volumes to why Maclin was a salary cap sacrifice of Chip, and these two clowns were cut regardless of talent level.

  15. najacoo22 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:11 PM

    rcali says:
    Jan 8, 2016 12:39 PM
    Didn’t MeSean play about half the season this year?

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    I believe you’re referring to the half of the season where the Redskins went 6-2? Just wanted to clarify…

  16. bleedeaglegreen says: Jan 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    “The better approach would have been for Kelly and Jackson to figure out how to get the player to mature without cutting him. That way, the Eagles would still be benefiting from his presence, Washington wouldn’t, and Kelly may still have a job instead of scrambling to find one.”

    A smart football man & great football coach finds this guys hot button & pushes it, makes him a part, can convey & share with a guy like d-jax his plan for him both as a man & a player. When every avenue has been exhausted & or failed in regards to bringing this very valuable talent around to the “our team” mindset we then consider trading him for a 3rd, 4th, 5th…not cut him for zero return.

  17. snakeplizkn says: Jan 8, 2016 2:37 PM

    I believe you’re referring to the half of the season where the Redskins went 6-2? Just wanted to clarify…

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    Yes, they beat 6 teams with losing records, got stomped by the only team they played with a winning record, Carolina, and managed to lose to Dallas along the way. Just wanted to clarify….

  18. delgriffth says: Jan 8, 2016 8:21 PM

    “But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood.”

    Is this the same group of ” brother’s” who quit on the team, finished 4-12 which led to Reid’s firing? Something special indeed.

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