LeSean McCoy says he never saw DeSean Jackson curse at Chip Kelly,
and McCoy indicated that there is no reason for Eagles players to be
happy Jackson is gone to the Washington Redskins, after having been
released by the Eagles, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Some players have seemed diffident about the move. A CBS-3
story quoted anonymous current and former Eagles saying Jackson was
selfish and divisive, indicating they felt the team was better off
McCoy, speaking at the conclusion of a Saturday morning youth clinic
at Camden Catholic High, said: "It's a surprise for sure. Anybody that
tells you they're happy about it, I don't know how honest that would be.
It is a surprise. You've heard so much, you don't really know (what's
true). Not playing with him is definitely going to be different. Playing
against him is REALLY going to be different ... It's some big shoes to
fill. DeSean's by far one of the biggest playmakers in the game, and the
biggest deep threat there is in the game. Some big shoes to fill, for
Asked about the CBS-3 story that alleged Jackson had repeated conflicts
with Kelly and cursed the coach out in front of the team, McCoy said:
"I've never seen that. I've never seen the two of them get into it.
Coach Kelly, the good thing I'll say about him is, he's understanding.
If you have an issue or a problem, he seems to always work it out."
Despite his feelings for Jackson, McCoy seemed concerned that fans
would get the wrong picture of Kelly's ego from the dispute. (Of course,
one way to keep that from happening would be for Kelly to speak, which
he hasn't done since Jackson's release).
"He's honest. He likes hard work," McCoy said of Kelly, who went 10-6
in his first season coaching the team. "And he's respectful ... I think
people are getting the wrong picture -- 'oh, he's cut one of his best
players' -- I don't think it's that. I think it's just that was a
decision they made."