Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek checked in for a live chat with fans Tuesday on NFL.com, and the recent comments by teammate DeSean Jackson on the team’s quarterback situation were a hot topic.
Jackson told The Sporting News recently that he was “very happy with the decision” by Philadelphia to trade Donovan McNabb to the Redskins last month. McNabb responded diplomatically to the perceived slight, but Celek ultimately feels that Jackson’s true intentions were misunderstood.
“With regards to DeSean’s remarks, I think they were taken out of context,” Celek told fans. “I feel like he was misunderstood. I feel like all he was trying to do was back our quarterback in Kevin, and it got skewed somewhat to be taking a shot at Donovan [McNabb], which I don’t think he was.”
In talking with Celek, it became clear the tricky position many of the current Eagles are in following the trade. They must try to show respect for what McNabb did in Philadelphia, while also throwing their support behind Kolb. It’s a fine line.
“Well, knowing that it was taken out of context, I think DeSean was just trying to support Kolb,” Celek told fans. “But, I respect McNabb. I liked playing with him, but he’s no longer an Eagle, so we’re supporting our current quarterback. Donovan was here for 11 years and helped bring this franchise to where it is today. He deserves some credit for that.”
Celek has seen as much of Kolb as anyone the last few seasons and said he expects big things from Kolb this season despite his inexperience (just two career starts).