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Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:27 pm
Jackson isn't interested in talking to reporters about the current state of his game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The big story this morning isn't that that Marshawn Lynch has come out of nowhere to be one of the league's best running backs this season. Or that "the plan" Pete Carroll referred during training camp really does include Tarvaris Jackson, who has played well in recent weeks.

DeSean's forgettable season
Instead, as is often the case anytime the Eagles play, the big story is DeSean Jackson, the mercurial wide receiver in the last year of this rookie contract who plays with all the urgency of a shorts and t-shirt minicamp workout. Following Philly's latest loss, a 31-14 effort against the Seahawks on Thursday night, Jackson admitted that he's "frustrated with losing," but when one of his teammates was asked if Jackson was completely in the game he said, "No, he's [messing] around." 

If the plan is to sleepwalk through the current season for his current team and alienate the 31 others that might've had interested during free agency then mission accomplished, DeSean.  Otherwise, we have no idea what Jackson's doing and his "plan," unlike Pete Carroll's, is not only ill-conceived but it's going to cost him a lot of money.

Against the Seahawks, Jackson finished the game with four catches for 34 yards. Alone those numbers don't mean much. Without watching you might think that the Seahawks double-teamed Jackson, or that maybe the game plan was to feature LeSean McCoy. And at times, both were true. But Jackson's performance is mostly about his apparent unwillingness to … well, try.

"Actually there were quite a few plays called for him," head coach Andy Reid said. "They were making an effort to double him and move a safety in."'s Mike Freeman wrote Friday morning about Jackson staring into oblivion while quarterback Vince Young tried to talk to him on the sidelines.

"If that's what they saw, that's what they saw," Jackson said of the cameras, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't have to sit here and answer them questions. My teammates know what it is."

And during pregame warm-ups, Jackson was hanging out with the defensive ends as the other wide receivers worked together.

"I'm not answering none of that type of question," said Jackson. "If you're going to ask something about the game, do that. . . . Next question."

Two weeks ago, Jackson told NFL Network's Michael Irvin that he's in the Larry Fitzgerald-Calvin Johnson range when it comes to his worth. Fitz makes $15 million this season, Megatron almost $9 million.

"I think right in that range," he said at the time. "Maybe top-5 in the NFL. ...My playmaking skills and abilities, my punt returns, and the ability to get the ball and score on any play. I mean, Fitzgerald, he's a special receiver -- don't get me wrong -- but he doesn't play special teams so that adds an extra edge to it."

In theory, yes. In practice, Fitzgerald has been just as dangerous on special teams this season as Jackson. And much more consistent at wide receiver, and that's with John Skelton throwing him passes.

NFL Network's Marshall Faulk got it right two weeks ago: "Showing up to any meeting late is definitely not a good way to handle (things) when you want money from a team."

Not showing up at all is even worse.

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Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:11 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Deshaun Jackoffson is a loser and showing his true colors.  He cares less about his teammates and Young should've ripped his butt on national tv.  Good luck peddling on a street corner!

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:10 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Call me Old School, but I miss the days of T.O. and Randy, they were much better at the Diva act than DeSean and that other dude from Buffalo.  But I guess the act takes some time to perfect.
DeSean Jackson isn't from the same mold as Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.  Even the writer of this article is missing this point.  DeSean isn't alienating himself from teams.  DeSean has far exceeded the value of his rookie contract and instead of sitting out he came into the season ready to play.  He hasn't demanded trades or thrown mass volumes of public tirades like T.O. and Moss.  The Eagles have either been unable or unwilling to get a deal done to extend DeSean and get him paid.  Some blame needs to go on DeSean for pouting and opening himself up to criticism that should more squarely go on the Eagles.  The Eagle's management paid their new defensive backs.  They paid Michael Vick.  But they made a horrible defensive coordinator hire and failed to put together a working offensive line.  Mike Vick got banged up early which hurt both his production and DeSean's.  The defense bled out late in games, which is the difference between the Eagles being in the thick of a playoff hunt and being where they are now with DeSean getting blown up and people calling for Andy Reid's job.  DeSean is bonehead.  He celebrated too early and dropped balls on the half yardline...twice.  But he's taken shots across the middle of the field and as a punt returner for the Eagles.  He's played hard for the Eagles and risked injury for them and been a difference maker and it mostly has not been his fault.  Every NFL player is a rented mule and if they don't get paid before the game destroys their bodies then they never will...

As for T.O. and Randy.  They aren't like DeSean.  T.O. publicly humiliated his teams and teammates in San Francisco, Philly, and Dallas.  Despite playing hard at every stop and never being accused of giving up, he's unwelcome in most locker rooms because he's so devicive.  Randy Moss has given up on teams when he doesn't get what he wants.  He doesn't have the trust of teams that he will actually give them a great effort, because everyone knows Randy does whatever the heck he wants.  He also tends to run his mouth in ways that hurt his teams.  Randy and T.O. are probably done, but almost every team in the league is still interested in DeSean.  

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:02 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

What a puke.  Plain and simple.  Looks like the reasons teams passed on him for in the draft have been validated.  Draft IVY League players, they are more likable and dont require a babysitter 24-7.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:00 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Dedouche Jackson is a joke, way to cocky and not even that good. If he is the star that he thinks he is he would be making plays on any team. Dude is a bum, made a couple good plays last year and now thinks the world is owed to him. The Eagles should start over and cut this joke and Reid. Vick is not a SB quarterback and never will be. Eagles are dooomed and could pass Washington for the basement of that division for a long time

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:50 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Why is Jackson being singled out?  The whole team seemed like they were not into the game (and not the first time), especially the linebackers and safetys.  At least during that interview he was upset that the team keeps losing.  In Vince Young's (the guy getting $5 million this season) post game interview he thought that the offense did OK, except for the turnovers.  He also thought he did OK last week against the Patriots last week.  Now that's what I call a player that wasn't paying attention to the game!

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:47 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Jackson's behavior is shameful and this is another reason why Reid should go. If he thinks he is in the same class as Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson he is as delusional as the idiot on the NFL network that produced the "How the Eagles make the playoff" graphics.

The whole team has mailed it in, and I doubt it will cost him too much money, as has been said, there are plenty of owners that want a committed DeSean Jackson and will take a chance on him. If only Al Davis was still around.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:46 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Another  pathetic, arrogant pro(semi) athlete needing an attitude adjustment. Flaat out 80% of these guys just don't live in the real world.
(as someone posted "A cancer, he needs to go"  YES, and send him back to school, his use of the english language is disgusting.

Must be a Florida product.  $100 says he's a Raider next yrFoot in mouth

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:44 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Call me Old School, but I miss the days of T.O. and Randy, they were much better at the Diva act than DeSean and that other dude from Buffalo.  But I guess the act takes some time to perfect.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:42 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Vick is the only class act?!  Youv'e got to be kidding me, it is the root cause of the Eagles shitty play.  Vick is a fraud.  He stole from Arthur Blank and the Falcons fans, and now he is stealing from philly and their play as a team proves it.  Where is the accountability?  Where is the leadership?  The Eagles have collected the worst attitudes and allowed the piss poor environment to fester and boil.  I like Asomuga as a person but he is no leader.  Owen Schmitt is the only offensive player worth a ***, get him out of that cesspool into a system that knows what they are doing.

By the way, Fitz is a man who showes up to play, takes accountability, and acts like a man, not some little boy.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:41 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Jackson appears to be quickly becoming the new Randy Moss.  Perhaps he should give Randy a call and ask where that road leads
Thats not fair to say.. Randy Moss was 10 times the athlete and WR that Jackson has ever dreamed of at this stage of their respective careers.  Randy Moss has more then proven himself over the last several years of being a team player that does what is asked of him.  Mentioning Jackson in the same breath as Moss isnt fair in any regards, at least when Moss was being lazy on the field he was still getting 100 yards per game.  Andy Reid is part of the problem, he is in complete denial, really amazed he is still head coach there, for the past several years

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