It got lost in all the nonsense about which fans boo and which are supportive. DeSean Jackson said something interesting the other day, but it had nothing to do with an overarching and rudimentary observation.
At the end of a recent interview with CSNWashington, Jackson was asked: “When was the last time you had single coverage?” The wide receiver smiled. The obvious implication was that Jackson is so dangerous that defenses must task multiple resources to shut him down.
“I had a little bit of single coverage last year,” Jackson said. “With the new offense in Philadelphia with Chip Kelly, I think other defenses didn’t really know what to expect. There were certain times I got single coverages. I don’t think it’s taken advantage of as much as we needed to. But this year I’m going to be able to say, with RG back there, with [head coach] Jay Gruden and [offensive coordinator] Sean [McVay], we’re going to take advantage of that single coverage. So unless somebody come up with press man and no help, we’re going to be in the end zone dancing.”
Jackson did quite a bit of dancing in the end zone last year, including one memorable number against Washington. Jackson had his best season as a pro a year ago, posting career-highs in targets, receptions and yards, and tying a career-high in touchdowns. But it doesn’t sound like the Eagles agree with the idea that he did all that despite only getting “a little bit of single coverage,”
Jeremy Maclin has repeatedly said that, unless your name is Calvin Johnson, “guys don’t get double covered” in the NFL. Earlier this week, before Jackson offered his review of how he was covered him last year, Kelly discussed how defenses approached the Eagles in his first season.
“I think most people played us in single high coverage and they played man across the board on anybody and no one was getting any help,” Kelly said. “Riley [Cooper] was getting man on his side. DeSean was getting man on his side. Jason Avant was getting man in the slot. Zach Ertz, whoever our tight end was, was getting manned. Running back was getting manned. No one is going to play us in two‑deep because if you play us in two‑deep, we can run the heck out of the ball. We had everybody as close to the line of scrimmage as possible and nobody was helping anybody. They were trying to stop the run game.”