Nearly two years after Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, the three-time Pro Bowler believes karma came back to bite his former head coach.
According to Robert Klemko of The MMQB, the 29-year-old wideout feels the Eagles' recent firing of Chip Kelly is fitting in the wake of the coach's decision to deconstruct a sizable portion of the team's roster during his three-year tenure:
I'm a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you. When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples' families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids—to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma. I don't have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it's a very sad thing.
Kelly changed the roster significantly during his time in Philadelphia, and it led to a steady on-field regression, as the Eagles went 7-9 this season after two consecutive 10-6 campaigns.
Acquisitions, such as running back DeMarco Murray and quarterback Sam Bradford, didn't perform at high levels, while production at the wide receiver position slipped in recent years due to the departures of Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Jackson was let go after a career year in Kelly's offense that saw him set career marks with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013, while Maclin also had a monster season in 2014 before he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
As Bleacher Report's Matt Miller pointed out, Philly could have used those sure-handed receivers as part of its offense in 2015:
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
DeSean Jackson & Jeremy Maclin combined to drop ONE pass in 2015.1/6/2016, 10:25:26 PM
While Jackson's career with the Eagles didn't end ideally, it ultimately may have worked out in his favor.
The Redskins are the NFC East champions, preparing to face the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, while Kelly is hoping he'll get another shot at being an NFL head coach.
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