Jason Kelce ‘excited’ with decision to cut DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson Crips DeAngelo Hall

Chip Kelly has made it clear that he is going to do things a certain way with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it should be noted that his decision to cut DeSean Jackson on Friday is receiving some support from the team. Shortly after the news surfaced, offensive lineman Jason Kelce sent the following tweet.

Kelce, who has been with the Eagles for the last three seasons, obviously agrees with the decision. That means Jackson must have been doing something — whether it was skipping meetings and not working hard or associating with shady people off the field — that his teammates didn’t agree with. Otherwise, why would anyone be happy to lose their best wide receiver?

Kelce then wished Jackson well in a separate tweet.

In addition to releasing Jackson, the Eagles have also gotten rid of Michael Vick and Jason Avant this offseason. Kelly is clearly taking the team through a change that involves getting rid of veterans and people who don’t fit in with what he’s trying to accomplish.

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Jason Kelce: Riley Cooper and I were ‘pretty intoxicated’ day of racist outburst

Riley-Cooper-EaglesFrom the moment we saw the video of Riley Cooper’s racist outburst at a Kenny Chesney concert earlier this summer, we have been waiting for the alcohol talk to kick in. Whether Cooper is actually a racist or not, it seemed like a safe assumption that he was feeling the effects of alcohol when he decided to let an N-bomb fly. That assumption was apparently correct.

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, who was with Cooper at the Chesney concert, told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday that he was “embarrassed” to have been at the same concert where the incident took place. He also said Cooper is not a racist.

[Video: Riley Cooper uses racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert]

“Riley was my friend before the fact and he’s still my friend and teammate going forward,” Kelce said. “Anybody that really knows him knows he’s not a racist … but sometimes he can get a little bit out of control. We were both pretty intoxicated on the day.”

Kelce added that he didn’t actually remember the offensive words coming out of Cooper’s mouth, but he did recall a confrontation between the 25-year-old and some security guards.

“To be honest, I don’t really recall the whole incident and what was said,” he said. “Really, all I recall was a huge altercation between him and a few security guards. I was trying to calm him down at the time and trying to separate all of them.

“I honestly don’t recall those words being spoken at the time. Obviously, it’s not an excuse, regardless of what was said, to say that.”

We have seen mixed reactions from the Eagles since the video surfaced on Wednesday. Michael Vick, who knows a thing or two about being hated, said Cooper apologized to him and he has forgiven him. LeSean McCoy agreed that Cooper is forgiven, but he said he cannot respect a person who says something like that.

In addition to entering sensitivity training and paying a fine, Cooper should probably lay off the alcohol. From the sound of it, drinking made the situation worse at the concert.

Eagles C Jason Kelce: We thought Michael Vick was done until Chip Kelly hiring

With Chip Kelly having agreed to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, one of the questions on everyone’s mind is what his hiring will mean for the future of Michael Vick. Before Kelly’s arrival, it was widely assumed that Vick had played his last game in Philadelphia. The Eagles can release Vick prior to Feb. 6 without having to pay him any money, but has he become a valuable piece of Kelly’s future plan?

According to Eagles center Jason Kelce, most people on the team thought Vick would be gone before Kelly was hired. Now, they aren’t so sure.

“That is the first thing that popped into my mind because I think, obviously, the outlook after the season was everybody thought Mike would kind of be out of here,” Kelce told Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio. “But yeah, you look at Oregon’s offense and obviously Mike kind of fits that mold a little bit. Now, whether we run the exact same offense that they run at Oregon, that’s still up for debate. I mean, he said already, I guess, that the offense that he runs will be dictated based upon the personnel that he has. So I guess we’ll find that out in a few more months.”

Kelly’s offense at Oregon was fast. Say what you will about Vick and his inability to stay healthy or throw the ball with accuracy on a consistent basis, but he certainly has the gift of speed. If Kelly can somehow incorporate Vick into his spread offense without making him susceptible to the types of hits that shortened his season last year, he could make Philly’s offense a dangerous new weapon. As we know, all of that will be much easier said than done.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview
Photo credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles Center Jason Kelce Snaps Ball Off His Butt (Animation)

The Eagles played a nearly flawless first half against the Cowboys on Sunday night. About the only mistake they made was Jason Kelce’s snap off his butt that almost resulted in a lost fumble. Luckily Michael Vick was alert and immediately dove on the ball to prevent a turnover.

If you’re wondering what happened on the play, it’s obvious Kelce thought Vick was under center instead of in the shotgun formation. It’s not often we see a mistake like that.

GIF via Dan McQuade