CBS Philly reports that DeSean Jackson had to go because of his lack of respect for his new head coach and attitude in the locker room, which included cussing out Chip Kelly on multiple occasions.
One source described Jackson like “a child would test boundaries” with Kelly, and the word temper tantrums is also used. Teammates were also turned off by his attitude, where he would be happy if he had a big game in a loss.
“You see little kids and how they cry and whine when they don’t get their way, that was D-Jax,” another source said. “I don’t think [Jackson] gave [Kelly] the respect he deserved. Kelly tried to reach [Jackson] plenty of times and [Jackson] tuned him out. Then you look at team functions, when everyone is out together at charity things or social stuff. He was the one missing. It was like he was in ‘D-Jax world’ and we just happened to be there.
The report also says that Jackson tried to test boundaries with former coach Andy Reid, but he was more established and was the coach responsible for drafting him, so the incidents were fewer than with a new authority figure.
The story closes with what should represent plenty of happy, fun times for a first meeting between Washington and Philadelphia. “Now [Jackson] is the Redskins’ problem. We have something good going here and it’s going to get better without [Jackson]. He had to go.”