As we spend the next week leading up to the draft pondering what "football reasons" Jeff Lurie, Chip Kelly, and Howie Roseman used to justify the outright release of Desean Jackson, one of the unvalidated hypotheses circling the wagons is the idea that Chip doesn't want to rely on the long-ball offense. Since Chip was hired, much was made about his 1.5 second rule. The thinking goes that Chip prefers a quick strike offense and wants the ball out of the QBs hands in less than 1.5 seconds to avoid the cardinal sin of taking a QB sack.
To extend on that point, Desean, who is one of the best deep threats in the league, forced the Eagles to call too many long-developing pass plays which lead to Nick holding the ball too long and taking too many sacks. This is the old McNabb argument that Andy Reid called too many long-developing plays and McNabb would wait too long for his receivers to come open before throwing the ball.