DeSean Jackson likes Chip Kelly’s crazy offense
The 2012 season proved to be arguably the worst in the five-year career of Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. He spent much of the season in Andy Reid’s doghouse as he watched Jeremy Maclin become the Eagles’ top receiving threat. Jackson finished with career receiving lows of 45 receptions and 700 yards, which was not adequate production from someone who landed a 5 year, $51 million extension the previous offseason.
Now that Reid has been replaced by Chip Kelly, Jackson gets a clean slate with a new coaching staff. The offensive strategy is also undergoing massive renovations, as Kelly is teaching the Eagles his renowned up-tempo, no-huddle offense that brought great success to the Oregon Ducks program.
Jackson will be a perfect fit in Kelly’s offense, a small, dynamic receiver capable of breaking big plays when he has the ball. After the team’s first offseason practice Monday, Jackson told CSN Philadelphia’s John Gonzalez that the new offense is a pleasant change of pace for the speedy receiver.
“People don’t know what we’re really going to be doing,” Jackson said on Monday at the NovaCare Complex following the first OTA under Kelly. “There’s no film. We’ll be coming straight at you, full speed, fast.”
Jackson is making a lot of adjustments to his game this offseason, but he thinks the flexibility that the system offers to all the wide receivers will be a benefit come game time.
“It’s definitely tough,” Jackson said. “Being myself, I didn’t have to learn everybody’s position. I only had to know one position, which is the Z wide receiver. Now I’m learning the X. The A. The Y. Really, just knowing the concepts of the offense.
“No communication with the quarterback,” Jackson said. “We don’t huddle up. The relay is from two coaches on the sideline. From there, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s going to be tough. It’s good to kind of know the whole system, the whole offense, and be prepared. Because on any given time, regardless of whether you’re the X receiver or the Z receiver, if you’re on the right or left side, it might be a different play called and you have to know what both receivers are doing because the play might be coming your way.”
Chip Kelly has been making headlines left and right with all the unusual changes he’s been making to the Eagles on and off the field. Perhaps the change will be enough to return DeSean Jackson to the star he was earlier in his career.
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