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DeSean Jackson latest to rip Chip Kelly

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DeSean Jackson latest to rip Chip Kelly

Four years after his Eagles release, DeSean Jackson still bears the scar from his rift with Chip Kelly. The veteran wide receiver won’t even mention his former head coach.

Other than to point out he’s a major crackpot.

TMZ Sports ambushed Jackson at an airport this week, where they conducted a wide-ranging interview in less than 60 seconds. Among the topics broached was Kelly’s new job as head coach at UCLA, but the three-time Pro Bowl selection wasn’t hearing it.

“Oh, no, we don’t even talk about that dude,” Jackson says, cutting the interviewer off. “He’s a weirdo. He’s a big-time weirdo.”

It wasn’t the first time Jackson declined to discuss the controversial coach. Whatever issues that existed between the two, he’s generally kept Kelly’s name out of his mouth since his Eagles departure.

Jackson doesn’t really need to comment. Since his release in 2014 – a move that was reportedly made at Kelly’s insistence – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving twice, and signed two expensive contracts.

After pushing for Jackson’s release, Kelly amassed an 18-29 record, got fired from two jobs, and left the NFL with his tail between his legs, returning to college football.

Jackson clearly came out of this feud on top, and he’s not the only former Eagle pushed out by Kelly who feels vindicated.

Never one to shy away from criticizing Kelly, running back LeSean McCoy – traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2015 – likely summed up the feelings of Jackson and several others back in January.

“I got a lot of love for Philadelphia now that the little short coach is with the kids where he belongs,” McCoy said on NFL Network, via ProFootballTalk.

DeSean Jackson rings Sixers' ceremonial pregame Liberty Bell, soaks in love from fans

DeSean Jackson rings Sixers' ceremonial pregame Liberty Bell, soaks in love from fans

If you want to soak in some adulation from the good, sports-loving people of Philadelphia, there is one thing you need to do — ring the Sixers' ceremonial Liberty Bell before a game. 

Wearing a backwards Sixers cap, DeSean Jackson did exactly that prior to the Sixers' matchup Friday night vs. the Kings. 

Jackson, acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is seeking a storybook ending to his career by returning to the place where it all started for him (see story).

Thursday's introductory press conference was a nice, formal way to introduce the new version of Jackson back to Philadelphia fans. But ringing the bell makes the whole thing real. It's not a dream — DeSean Jackson is back in Philly.

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Mack Hollins has perfect response to giving DeSean Jackson No. 10

Mack Hollins has perfect response to giving DeSean Jackson No. 10

DeSean Jackson shared the news at his re-introductory press conference on Thursday that he worked out a deal to get his old No. 10 jersey back from fellow wideout Mack Hollins.

DeSean didn't share the specifics on what went into the deal, but did say "we worked it out."

It's the right move to let the vet get his old number back.

Hollins has been wearing No. 10 for the past few seasons including the magical Super Bowl season in 2017. But DeSean put together some of the most memorable plays in Eagles history while wearing No. 10 in his first stint with the team.

Eagles fans everywhere who had old No. 10 Jackson jerseys sitting in the back of their closet are likely stoked they can break them out again. And Hollins added some humor to the news, joking about how much money he saved fans from having to purchase new Jackson jerseys this time around.

That, of course, is a photo of Hollins from the Super Bowl parade that he helped bring to Philly. Only this time the Geico gecko makes an appearance. The raw Photoshop likely took only 15 minutes.

Hopefully we find out some more details on what Hollins received from DeSean but at least we know Mack's being a good sport about the change.

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