NFL owners take note. This is how you establish trust between an owner and a coach.
One month ago the Eagles chose to cut DeSean Jackson, and regardless of whether you believe it had anything to do with alleged gang ties or Jackson's attitude or it was strictly a decision made for the always ambiguous “football reasons” – as Chip Kelly stated yesterday – one thing is undeniable. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie backed Kelly's decision 100 percent.
“[Chip] wants us to be a better offense,” Lurie told CSNPhilly. “And I know you can say statistically, ‘Gee, you lose DeSean, how can you be a better offense?' You know, if you add Nick Foles last year [in place of Michael Vick] and say, ‘How can you be a better offense?' It was a record-setting offense.”
Just to refresh on those silly statistics, the Eagles parted ways with Jackson after the 27-year-old posted career highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332) and tied a career-high with nine touchdowns. But Lurie's confidence in his second-year coach wasn't deterred.
“With Chip, I just give him the benefit of the doubt. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get there. It's an organization that absolutely supports the direction we're going, and that's the best way to be, everyone in it together,” Lurie said.
Flip a 4-12 football team into a 10-6 playoff team and you can buy yourself a ton of slack, as Chip Kelly can now attest.