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Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 3:09 pm
Reid says he's 'proud' of the way Jackson played Thursday night.  (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The blowback following DeSean Jackson's three-catch, 34-yard effort against the Seahawks Thursday night was swift -- and expected. Jackson had been benched earlier in the season for missing a meeting, and last week, he was on the sidelines for the fourth quarter of the Eagles' loss to the Patriots after he dropped two touchdown passes. At the time, head coach Andy Reid suggested that the move was to give "other guys an opportunity" but added that Jackson "has to do a better job."

DeSean's forgettable season
On Friday, hours after the Seahawks systematically dismantled the Eagles, Reid defended his enigmatic star wide receiver, especially after NFL Network showed Jackson several times on the sidelines staring blankly into space as quarterback Vince Young talked to him.

"You can take a camera and make it look any way you want to make it look." Reid said at his day after news conference, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I am telling you, that kid was all in last night and wanted to win that game as much as anybody."

That wasn't evident by watching the telecast. And even one of Jackson's teammates, asked if Jackson was completely in the game, said "No, he's [messing] around."

Still, the shot of Jackson appearing to ignore Young was the biggest topic during the post-game media session.

"There was nothing on the sidelines, no commotion with him and Vince," Reid said. "There is nothing there. Nothing. I am not sure they know who's talking to who and so on and what the conversation is about. Not knowing the language, I don't know how you are able to go into that stuff ... This is petty stuff."

Ironically, the NFL Network's Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci -- all former players or coaches -- agreed that the media treated Jackson unfairly Thursday night. (Below left: Jackson tires of silly questions. Below right: the NFL Network crew defends Jackson.)

Unlike previous weeks, Reid had no issue with Jackson's effort against the Seahawks.

"That kid was all in and I was very proud of him."

It's a nice sentiment but the Eagles are 4-8. And if things continue down this path, both Reid and Jackson could be elsewhere in 2012.

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Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:07 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles went out this past offseason and paid a lot off money to nome free agents and what has it done? Hype aside, whether you like it or not as Desean Jackson goes so go the Philadelphia Eagles. He's been the best bargain in the NFL but when you're as good as he is being the  best bargain is unacceptable.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:24 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Wow Wow Wow you people on here blow my fucking mind first off people need to get over the Vick situation with the dogs cause I just came back from wisconsin and listened to the local hillbilly radio announcer proclaim that over 1500 dear were killed in a matter of 3 days brett farve, eli&payton manning aj hawk all hunt for fun (kill defenseless animals) and aint shit said about that. Second all these dye hard football fans need to stop being so damm sensitive the classless act was the Giants losing that lead in the first place and then you wouldnt of seen D Jackson "showboating".  If you were an NFL player(with no guaranteed contract) whos career could end on any givin play and you performed to the highest degree the last two years prior(2 probowls) and you watch them give contract after contract to players just comming in and the gotdamm punter makes more then you ur gonna be pissed. Ur not gonna sacrifice yourself risk serious injury and complicate your chances at getting paid if your not being appreciated (ala Matt Forte) because in the end its a business thats how the owners treat the players now do I think how hes handled the situation as a whole was right No!(missing whole team meetings) but he has a right to insure his career both monetarily and physically. Reid should be fired just for hiring that bum defensive coordinator they need a new voice and a change of pace they have the pride of a city an orginization and a whole lot of money on the line.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:31 am

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Well said jabababa.  The only thing I disagree with Superman about is that I absolutely hate the Eagles.  I always have as a Giants fan, but it has grown equal to the level of the Cowboys just because they brought in that dog murderer Vick.  As much as I hate him, I cannot stand Jackson.  He has showboated against my team way too many times and I am sick of his act.  The way he returned that punt in that game when the Giants blew the lead was as classless as it comes.  Instead of running straight into the end zone, he had to rub it in the Giants faces by taking a little casual jog across the the width of the field near the end zone.  I also remember a game against Dallas where he purposely rolled back and fell into the end zone.  He does not care about anything besides the money and it is evident he has been unhappy ever since they paid Vick and not him.  This week was the epitome.  He quit on his team and purposely ignored Young when he was talking to him.  They should never have brought in all those free agents.  They are skilled position players, but they did not make the team better.  Just look at the Redskins of the last decade.  They go out and pay free agents and none of the signings have led to success.  Teams that have built from within through the draft like the Packers are the most successful in football.  And both Rodgers-Cromartie and Asoghma have proved they are overrated.  As a Giants fan, I obviously despise the Eagles, but I cannot stomach the behavior of many of their fans. Not saying all the fans are like that, but these fans booed Santa Claus and cheered when Michael Irvin got hurt.  If you are going to sign free agents on defense, Reid should have at least thought about bringing in an actual defensive coordinator.  WHen you make an offensive line coach the defensive coordinator, this is what you will get.  They need to dump DeSean on the street and clean house with that coaching staff starting with Reid.  He won 60% of his regular season games, so what!  He has zero Super Bowl rings and has made several mistakes this off-season:  paying Vick all that money, bringing in all the big name players, and his choice of d-coordinator.  Vince Young, DeSean Jackson, Vick, and Andy Reid all have gotten what they deserve this year.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:25 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Hey Superman I agree with you 100 percent!

DeSean Jackson is a layabout and thinks he is better than he really is.  What a tool!
Anyone that quits on their team and displays this type of behavior should be kicked in the as@ by the players, and benched as well.  What a pos.

I really dislike the Eagles to begin with and have always hated them due to the stupid fan behavior and stupid fans but agree the coaching staff should go.  Although I hope they keep them because I like watching this meltdown of the team that was dubbed the unbeatable team this year.  ROFL!!!! 

The defense was supposed to be the best of the century - it is - but only if you're holding your nose to it - worse than the Patriots (my team which I love) - LOL

I so love dumping chum on Philly - they deserve what they get and wanted!

Good luck in the playoffs Philly!! Oooooooops!!!!

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 6:35 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

It is what it is! Reid and the organization created this disaster and they knew this would happen once they brough in outsiders that have done nothing for the team. Jackson has be explosive and he deserves a ne contract just not the mega contract he want's but a nice one. I personally think Andy Reid is in over his head and he has never had this much talent to coach and its just to much for him to handle and he can't even get the right defensive coach in. Who brings in a brand new Defensive coach to coach the pieces they brought in. Reid set his self up for failure from day one with that bad move. Get a real defensive coordinator in philly and get a real MLB to play the gaps and fill in the holes and yes stop the run dude.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:14 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I say let DeSean Jackson walk and fire the entire coaching staff after this season. It's time to clean house. No more divas with attitudes, no more bad coaching. Rebuilding time is now! Go Eagles!!!!

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:45 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

@Billy Ball let me ask you this lets say you worked in a steel mill in a highly dangerous environment for over 10 years and you put in the work you did doubles picked up overtime worked on things for the company that wernt asked of you now the next quarter comes and everyone is up for review and raises you get your review and no raise Tom,Brian and Nick all get raises and promotions and haven't done half the work you have done or been there longer and on top of all that you put in a request to be off a month in advance for your daughters birthday and when the day came the company told you no you cannot have the day off  come to work anyway from that point on coming to work becomes very hard for you seeing the fact that you risk your life everyday in this steel mill for a company you feel does not appreciate what you do or appreciate you for that matter. If I have proven year after year what type of player I am and what I bring to your franchise(2 probowls) in the National Football League with no guaranteed contracts  where one hit could end your career or worse your life and you bring players in who haven't  proven anything to the franchise and pay them large sums of money and dismiss me(the punter makes more then him) and then expect me to risk my body week end and week out for the betterment of my team PLEASE!! Everyone I dont care who you are or what you do wants to be appreciated for the jobs they do and being a pro about a situation when you feel unappreciated becomes a fine line at that point.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:57 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I'm sick of all this character bullshit this is football and its a business at the end of the day and the eagles bring in all these guys and pay them large sums of money that haven't proven shit and your probowl receiver get overlooked and you ask him right after that to sacrifice his body week end and week out that's an organization that doesn't appreciate you as a player so why the hell is the organizations character not in question then?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:59 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

JayGilly:  A few thoughts from a guy who manages operations for one division of a good size company....

- DeSean Jackson is NOT all in. Why should he be? If he knows that QB is unable to get him the ball because it is the QB's fault ( VY) or the OL's fault, why should he bust his butt when he knows there isn't a great chance he is going to get the ball. This taking plays off wasn't an issue last year when he was consistently getting the ball. One would think this is a personnel problem.

I find it hard to believe that you could be a manager anywhere after reading this statement.

- Andy Reid should stick up for his players. I want my managers sticking up for their employees when I get pissed at poor results. He hasn't forgotten how to coach and he has succeeded with less than the talent he has this year. 

No boss, don't get mad at Timmy for his piss poor play.  I know he doesn't try to hard most of the time but 1/7th of the time he work great.  I believe that 1/7th of a time he does great outweighs the 6/7ths of a time he does nothing and should be rewarded a extensive raise despite our lack of production.


 - People want to blame Andy Reid, but this is a personnel issue. He didn't sign these guys, the GM did. Blame him. Did the free agents on this year's dream team have issues that made their former clubs not resign them?
I always look at the NFL like this: Free Agency really is for filling in the pieces, you build your team through the draft.

I don't believe Reid should go neigther but Reid is just as involved in this decisions as the GM.  So if you think the GM needs to go then that means Reid should go too.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:10 am

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Used to be that the Eagles always drafted character guys.  B-Dawk types.  Now they fill their roster with me-first malcontents like MeSean and Assante and Vick.  They are reaping what they've sown.  I'm an Eagle fan for life, and I think they deserve this.

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