Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:56 am

The Daily Shoutout: DeSean Jackson--quitter

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.


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Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:01 am

Typical DeSean Jackson

It is true that DeSean Jackson missed a team meeting and will be inactive. But as with many things DeSean, the story is more complicated.

I'm told by multiple league sources the benching is a result of the Eagles coaching staff tiring of Jackson's attitude for most of the season. In other words, the benching by Andy Reid is more a result of cumulative actions by Jackson.

The Eagles also, I'm told, wanted to send Jackson a message. They're not taking his crap any longer.

It makes sense the benching wasn't due to a single missed meeting. Reid isn't a strict disciplinarian. A single missed meeting usually leads to some sort of fine or perhaps a benching for a quarter. Not an entire game.

But this is typical Jackson and illustrates why the Eagles haven't paid him and may not and why other teams around the league don't trust him, either. One general manager to me this morning said his nickname for Jackson was "518" meaning five catches for eighteen yards. While Jackson can be a lethal weapon there are too many games where follows six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns with, well, 518. That is the biggest criticism the league has of Jackson.

He's horribly inconsistent and not too many teams will pay a suspended, inconsistent wideout the kind of money Jackson wants.

So this is typical. Typical DeSean Jackson.
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Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:01 am

Bears beat Eagles, 30-24

PHILADELPHIA -- It's not correct to say the Philadelphia Eagles are dead. No, not yet. There is still half a season remaining and since much of the NFL is almost crimanally pedantic it is quite possible for the Eagles to go on some sort of season-saving run.

Possible, yes. It is also possible a Kardashian leads the first manned space flight to Mars. After Chicago beat Philadelphia, 30-24, the Eagles fell to 3-5. The division-leading Giants are leaving them in the dust. Other conference opponents are as well.

Not dead. But you know those machines that jump start still hearts? Doctors are now hovering over the Eagles and yelling, "Clear!"

The loss by Philadelphia will again raise all kinds of questions about the legitimacy of the off-season moves made by the organization. Quite simply, you're going to hear -- again -- how the Eagles are a major, overrated disppointment.

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Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:31 pm

Eagles dominate Cowboys, 34-7

PHILADELPHIA -- It was 34-7 and Tony Romo and Dez Bryant were arguing with the game officials. The Dallas Cowboys were trailing by 27 points with five minutes left in the game and the two players were complaining about a hold on Bryant.

It was definitely pass interference but the Cowboys had been utterly atomized long before that. That didn't stop Bryant from trouncing off the field and tossing his helmet in anger like a seven-year-old. The moment showed a total lack of perspective for what had just happened.

The final score was Philadelphia 34 Cowboys 7 but the game was worse than that. Total domination, great play calling, outstanding accuracy from Mike Vick, deadly cutback running from LeSean McCoy and a Philadelphia defense that dismantled Dallas all led to one of the worst losses of the non-Jimmy Johnson/Jerry Jones era.

But make no mistake: This was an Andy Reid special. He so out-coached the Cowboys and Vick so out-played the Dallas defense that it might actually be time to rethink the Eagles not as failed Dream Teammers but a group on the verge of turning their season around.
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Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:05 pm

Philly: the greatest paper champions ever

And that isn't meant in a negative way. Or a demeaning one. But what Philadelphia is doing is simply the greatest offseason football experiment we've seen in a long time. It's likely the sport has never seen anything like this.

Perhaps the offseason era when the Washington Redskins signed players like Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith but the Redskins signed older players far beyond their prime. When the Green Bay Packers signed Reggie White that was one of the more historic free agents signings as well.

Unlike the Redskins, the Eagles are signing younger stars like Nnamdi Asomugha and adding solid veterans. Their signing of Pro Bowler Steve Smith is a risk but a minimal one since it's a one-year contract.

Again, none of this means the Eagles will win a Super Bowl, but it does mean this might be the greatest off-season a team has ever had.
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Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:52 pm

Eagles: remember history and don't be obnoxious

Be careful, Philadelphia Eagles. Be damn careful.

Vince Young, soon after joining the Eagles as a backup to Mike Vick, called the Eagles a "dream team." With the addition of one of the best cover corners in the past five years the Eagles are indeed good but don't start declaring yourselves champions of all thing champion just yet. You're not actually Dream Team material unless you win something first. Remember these dudes? Not one, not two, not three.

They put targets on their backs and the Eagles had better be careful or they will do the same. Nothing motivates other players like a team predicting they'll kick everyone's ass.

Careful Eagles or you might lose to Dirk Nowitzki, too.
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Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:51 pm

The DeSean Jackson problem

DeSean Jackson, understandably, is asking players around the sport how to handle his contract situation with the Eagles, I'm told. Again, this is not a shock but it's still interesting. We already know he's spoken to Mike Vick. But apparently he's seeking advice from other NFL friends both on the Eagles and other teams.

Whether or not Jackson holds out isn't really the issue. If Jackson holds out, he'll be a pain in the Eagles' ass. If he doesn't and shows up without a new deal, he'll be a pain in the ass. The real issue for Philadelphia is Jackson won't be happy until he has a new contract.

And he deserves one. The deal Jackson is working under now is a bargain basement steal for the Eagles. Jackson may be the best all-around weapon in the NFL and he's working on the football equivalent of minimum wage. I know, I know. There are real people working on real minimum wage but in the NFL the Eagles are nonetheless getting the steal of a lifetime.

Jackson's contract situation will be the most interesting to watch in football second only to Peyton Manning's. The difference with Manning is that Manning won't run his yapper.

Jackson will.

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Tags: Eagles
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:36 pm

Oprah and Mike Vick

Mike Vick was supposed to appear on Oprah. Then he canceled. Then he didn't. Or something like that.

Here is a statement from Oprah's production company to CBSSports.com:

"Michael Vick was scheduled to be a guest on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' for an episode airing next Thursday, February 24," the spokesperson from Harpo Productions said. "Mr. Vick’s representatives called last night to cancel his appearance for personal reasons."

So, there is it. Vick won't be sitting on Oprah's couch.

The question becomes: why did Vick cancel?

My guess is there are three possible reasons.

Someone close to Vick told Oprah's people Vick would go on without actually checking with Vick.

Vick agreed then got cold paws, er, feet.

Oprah's people told Vick's they were going to have one of Vick's past dogs on the show.

My guess is it's door No. 3.

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