Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Receiver DeSean Jackson said Wednesday on ESPN's "First Take" that the 2012 season was a wake-up call for him and other Eagles veterans, but he's confident new coach Chip Kelly's high-octane offense will help the team rebound. The Eagles finished 4-12 last season, leading to the firing of longtime coach Andy Reid and the hiring of Kelly. "I think it was a reality check for everybody on our team honestly," Jackson said. He compared last year's atmosphere to the Eagles team he joined in 2008 led by veterans Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins, which "didn't really accept anything but winning." For us to go out there and have a year like that last year, we really had to look ourselves in the eye and say, 'C'mon, we're better than that,'" he said, adding that players "couldn't point fingers at anybody" as the media spread the blame among Reid, quarterback Michael Vick and the team's porous offensive line. Jackson, who said he's healthy after suffering a rib injury late last season, expects a different outcome this season. "We can't really look backwards. We're going to move forward this year," he said. "We've got Chip Kelly coming in there. He's installing a great offense, high tempo. We're going to catch a lot of teams off guard this year." Kelly still hasn't named a quarterback as the Eagles head into training camp. Jackson, as he has done in the past, backed Vick for the job, although he complimented Nick Foles, who is vying with Vick for the starting job, as well. "Going into the camp, I think Michael Vick will be the starter, but we still don't know," he said. On Tuesday, in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Vick said he held "no resentment" against Kelly for not yet naming a starter.
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