THIS will not stop us.
Make that the first thing you think about when you think about this situation. Is DeSean Jackson a dangerous playmaker? Yes. Can he be a game-changer? Yes. Does he create openings for other players? Yes. Absolutely. So how do we replace that?
Jackson is a holdover from the pass-happy West Coast system that was run during the Andy Reid era. Chip Kelly’s system is a run-based Spread. If Kelly feels that he needs a WR who has a different skillset than Jackson’s, it only make’s sense that he go out and get one.
Kelly says that his system emphasizes getting the ball out quick. That means the routes won’t be as long, so he won’t need to run a guy deep very often.
As one football writer first wrote in February; more short, quick passes to the TE would be a deadly wrinkle to add to this Offense. Again, that was first written in February, back before any of this mess with Jackson ever raised its head. It also goes hand in glove with what Kelly said his system is about.
Instead of trying to do what we did last year, we should build on what we can do best in the coming future. Instead of smaller players with quick strike capability, our Offensive focus turns to using larger players, thrown at the opponent in rapid succession, in order to simply pummel the will to compete out of them.
If we focus on who we are today we might not only survive this transition, we could come out of it as strong as we ever were.