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The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:56 am

OPENING HIT: DeSean Jackson has shut it down. Totally, undeniably, without question, without shame, unabashedly shut it the hell down. Jackson has quit on his team.

There was a shot of Jackson sitting on the Eagles bench during the team’s humiliating loss to a bad Seattle team and Vince Young was speaking to Jackson and Jackson just stared off into the distance. DeSean Jackson’s name began trending in social media because everyone who saw that knew what they had just witnessed: an uninterested receiver who had checked out on the season.

Now, most of this is Jackson’s fault but the Eagles are not totally blameless here. They should have anticipated this with Jackson. I could have told you Jackson was going to ask for the check if he didn’t get a new deal and if I knew, the Eagles should have. They should have paid Jackson or traded him. Those were the two options. The Eagles tried to do some sort of combo of those two options.

Now it’s too late. If they try to trade him next season his value has dropped precipitously. If they give him a new deal fans will wonder why they gave a guy who quit on the team a new contract.

I find it difficult to believe Eagles players trust Jackson. Same with the coaching staff.

In that game on Thursday night, Young was fighting hard. Other Eagles were fighting their asses off. Jackson, um, was not.

Because Jackson has flat out quit.


Category: NFL
Tags: Eagles

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:02 pm

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

wojonator1, meaning no offense, but is that a translation back into English of an e.e. cummings verse previously translated into Sumerian by a native speaker of Aztec? I mean, it scans and I got the gist of it at first read, but not a lick of it in any way corresponds to anything ever spoken by a native English speaker. Bravo! (I think.)

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:58 am

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

DeSean Jackson's initials are T.O.

Since: Jun 4, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:05 pm

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

ok bash me if yous want but i dont really think desean is a quit on his team. desean just wants the money only making 500k this year. if i had his skill i would deff want to get paid. he should have held out this year. that was the eagles first mistake. signing namdi and not paying djax. makes the players that you need to build around unhappy. he didnt quit on his team because quite frankley everyone on the eagles not named jenkins and mccoy have quit on themselves. djax may seem like a crybaby and like he quit on his team but if he was paid i would bet anthing that his numbers would be alot higher. eagles need to pay mccoy while they can now because if they dont i can see the same problem next year with him. he is our star and we need toget him long term! next thing i would like to say reid and juan havent done a terrible job this year. yeah they had mistakes but the players are not preforming for them aswell. reid shouldnt be bashed as much as we do him. marty should he calls the damn offensive plays! yeah reid runs that type of O but when high% passes should be completed and are over thrown and wasted it makes him and juan look like idiots. the birds need to leave the west coast o and just go to a balanced one run and pass 50 50... alot easier said then done and we wouldnt be having this convo this year.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:44 am

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

Well said Dw.  Jim Johnson was the reason the defense was so good in the McNabb years.  It clearly has lacked since.  They signed Nnamdi because he was the big name QB out there.  This has been the Redskins motto the last 10 years and look at their record over this time (it's terrible).  I also said it when it happened, but the Vick signing was a big mistake.  He was playing at a sky high level last year and couldn't be expected to repeat it again.  He had an average last month of the season and he gets hurt way too much.  He takes too many hits and is either awesome or horrible.  They also overpaid for Rodgers-Cromartie.  Then Reid made an o-line coordinator the d-coordinator.  What makes you think he can coach defense?  Reid said he coached in high school, but the NFL is way different.  Reid thinks he has job security for life and is such a players' coach that he let Jackson get away with this behavior. While I would be annoyed if I did not get a new contract after it was promised, I would have still played hard and showed up to meetings.  Instead, he gave up and looked the other way when Young called him out.  The cameras caught him red-handed.  After his bad attitude and quitting, they cannot bring him back next year.  He tries only when he wants to.  They need a coach who will be tougher on the players.  Forte with the Bears also wanted a new contract and has not gotten one.  The Bears said to come back after the season.  Has he griped and not come to play?  He has gone about it like a pro and shows up every Sunday.  There is a reason Reid never reached the promise land and his handling of the players has to be a big reason.

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:19 am

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

Great point on the Eagles admin breaking a promise.  Not saying a guy shouldn't give full effort for the pay he is receiving but, as I understand it, Jackson came back (could have held out longer a la V Jax in San Diego last year) on the understanding that the Eagles would look after him during the season.  His interest level has decreased as season has gone . . . seemingly matching the Eagles lack of interest in honouring their commitments to him.

For everyone working out there -- ignore the dollars for a moment -- and imagine if you were protesting your pay and your boss said to you "Come on back and we will sort it out".  In good faith you go back and then your boss blows you off.  Your interest in performing for that boss would likely diminish.  I've seen lots of co-workers mail it in on certain days in protest to broken promises at work, failure to get pay raises promised, bonuses promised not getting paid out, etc. 

So many of these guys, rightly or wrongly, need to see the cash to feel "respected".  Eagles should know that about the guys they employee and if they don't want guys like that, get rid of them.  If you want guys with talent that need to feel "respected", then pay them.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:05 pm

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

The truth of the matter is, the Eagles made several mistakes at the start of the season. #1 deciding in the off season sign Namdi just because, paying the fragile and inconsistant Vick, deciding to let Jackson your real play maker sit and not pay him then bring him in and say your going to pay him then not pay him. I'd be pissed off too. Then you take an O-line coach and make him aa defensive coordinator, no wonder they didn't know what to do with NNamdi. And personally Andy out thinks himself, his time has come to be knocked off that pony he's been riding. Boy, Jim Johnson, rest his soul made Andy Reid look really good. 

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:33 am

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

McCoy sure as he'll didn't quit. VY didn't quit, but made some poor decisions and off target throws. Jackson has a case of Randy Mossitis... Only plays hard when he is "happy" i.e. Getting paid and being coddled.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:52 am

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

Your 100 percent correct.  The majority of people watching these sports instead of playing them would never put in the type of energy or time these guys spend on trying to get even just a tiny bit better.

That's where it ends though.  You make it sound like these guys had no clue they would have such a high level of pressure on them to perform when they made it pro.  Please...  These guys knew getting bashed by media and fans came with the job and they signed up anyways.  I'm sure not going to feel sorry for any of them.  If your not entertaining me get off the field so someone who can will.  At the end of the day these guys aren't "warriors" fighting "wars" or any of the other idiotic names they call themselves.  They are entertainers who's job is to amuse the fans.

Just one quick question.  How would your boss feel if you decided screw it I'm just going to coast through a few days work?
I agree with this.  Except for the end, I'm my own boss and there are definitely days that I take it easy.  But I also work harder than any regular worker when I need to.  I've put in 100 hour weeks every week for a month straight, worked with zero days off etc. when I needed to.  And then I've had weeks where I wake up at 10 AM and played video games all week long.  If you work for someone else you'll always be working though and have probably similar hours, but you'll never have the ridiculous weeks I put in either.  It's up to you how you want to make a living.  These athletes have off seasons where they can (they shouldn't) sit around just eating donuts and playing video games.  Once the season starts though, they should be giving it their best, especially for 3 hours on a Sunday.  They even have a bye week in there for rest.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:24 pm

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

I don't have any interest in playing pro football; but if I throw down hard cash to watch football game I want to see a player give their all- regardless of their team record or contract dispute- that is their job.
DeSean has quit that is obvious from Patriot game and so has the Eagle secondary. 
Vince Young is not perfect but he deserves better from his teamates.
Definetly changes are needed. Reid is defending a player cheating the fans- so Reid needs to go. DeSean should be cut he is an untouchable

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:16 pm

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

A month ago, Freeman was saying that it was no big deal that Tim Tebow tries hard all the time because "everyone in the NFL tries hard." No he's contradicting himself my saying that DeSean Jackson is a quitter and doesn't try hard. Typical Freeman, illogical writing and talking out of his a+ ss.

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