Last weekend, speaking at an even for Call of Duty, LeSean McCoy said that while the release of his former teammate DeSean Jackson was a surprise to him, he believed that the Eagles organization had ‘a reason’ for letting the artist formerly known as number 10 free.
Today, while speaking at a Pro Camp at a Camden High School, McCoy seemed to change his tone a little bit.
McCoy on DeSean: “I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be.:
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I think to put this quote from McCoy in perspective, I’m not sure that anyone is denying that DeSean might not have been the perfect teammate (although McCoy doesn’t seem to necessarily agree with that either), I think McCoy, and the locker room as a whole, realize that the production of DeSean is going to be hard to replace.
Like I said last weekend, I think the confidence inside the locker room in Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper is a lot higher than that of the public. I am one of the few people who really buys into the idea of Maclin, like I believe the team does, as a number one receiver, so I don’t find myself quite as worried. That doesn’t mean that the team, and myself, wouldn’t have liked to have DeSean’s production in the fold, though.
McCoy also refuted rumors that Jackson cursed Chip Kelly out in front of the team.
“I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen the two of them get into it.”
While players like Jason Kelce appeared to be more than happy to see DeSean out of the locker room, McCoy says that the team doesn’t have any more answers on why DeSean was released than the fanbase does.
“I’m not sure,” he said at a football camp. “I can’t answer that. I’m just a regular player, I don’t know why.”
Frankly, I’m not sure anyone will ever be given a concrete reason by the organization. Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman, and Jeffrey Lurie know, and I think their plan is just to move forward at this point. If the team isn’t even sure of the exact reason for the release, the fanbase isn’t going to be finding out anytime soon.
The one positive that appears to have come out of this story, is that every member of the team that has spoken since Jackson’s release, appears to really be buying into Chip Kelly’s system, and the organizational direction as a whole. Shady isn’t an exception.
“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.”
“Then again, the front office, they obviously know what they’re doing. You make a move like that, you obviously have something up your sleeve, where you know you can get something that’s similar or even better.”