PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On March 28th, the Eagles cut their star wide receiver DeSean Jackson after a career best season in which he tallied up 82 catches and 1,332 yards. It was a shocking move that caused an uproar with many Eagles, all of whom wanted answers. After one month of silence, the Eagles finally spoke publicly on Monday about Jackson’s release. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly explained the decision was “purely a football decision.”
Eagles Pro-Bowl guard Evan Mathis joined Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Tuesday morning and talked about Jackson’s release, expressing his trust for Kelly and the Eagles organization.
“We trust the process, we know this is a business,” Mathis told Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show. “There’s a lot of turnover every year for every team and DeSean [Jackson] was a productive player, but if Chip Kelly believes this team will be better without him, then we trust that decision and we have to move forward. It’s not like us to dwell on the past or worry about it. We’re full speed ahead still.”
Cataldi asked Mathis why the players are ready to blindly trust their head coach, after only one season?
“I wouldn’t call it blind trust because Chip came in here and from day one he was very informative, very up front,” Mathis explained. “If he ever asked you to do something he explained why he wanted you to do it, and that was a breath of fresh air for a lot of us guys who have been around the league and have seen things that weren’t always so clear. And Chip has a method, a detailed process for every single thing that he does and like I said, he communicates that with the players and everyone — you could see that everyone bought in early on. It won’t take you long, being around Chip, to buy in.”