For someone who has no problems admitting that he’s obsessed with winning a Super Bowl, someone who has spent billions trying to bring the city its first Lombardi Trophy, Jeffrey Lurie’s approval of his head coach’s decision to discard the team’s best wide receiver seems curious. The NFL is a passing league and DeSean Jackson just had the best season of his career. But Lurie defended Kelly on Monday as reporters tried to unearth something resembling a legitimate excuse for Kelly kicking a 27-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl wideout to the curb. Speaking about the decision for the first time, Kelly had already called the move “purely a football decision” and dismissed questions about Jackson’s posse or selfish attitude factoring into the decision. Lurie echoed Kelly’s sentiment, saying he understood that Jackson wasn’t “the right fit” for Kelly’s scheme. The longtime team chairman had to know how utterly ridiculous he sounded, given that Jackson was coming off the second-best receiving season in franchise history and surely would have vaulted to the top of most franchise’s receiving marks had he played a few more years in Kelly’s offense. But in backing his head coach, Lurie made it clear that he’s steering his franchise into the future behind this motto: In Chip We Trust. If Kelly wants to make major personnel changes, including the abrupt cutting of a popular and productive star player, Lurie isn’t going to stand in the way.
Jeffrey Lurie's trust in Chip Kelly runs deep
CSN Philly | Apr 30