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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
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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 2, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of .

How can he be an overdpaid prima donna when he's underrated/underappreciated? He tuned out Vince Young. So what! Desean Jackson has done way more for the Eagles than Vince Young ever did and hasn't even been paid for it son!



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I think that I lose all respect for professional athletes and their coaches when they flat out lie to the public.   Why on earth would Reid try to cover up for this punk when the whole world watched that immature act last night.  Grow up Jackson and act like a professional. "That kid was all in and I was very proud of him." says Reid..    wait til he watches the replay of the game...     I think it's time for a change in Philly..  Over paid prima donna acting like someone owes he something..  it's sickening.  I compare Reid to the former Red Sox manager Francona.. he has lost control of the ship.  Looks like the Dream Team turned out to be a nightmare



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Hey NYKLIB725, say all you want about Reid. Maybe the time has come for a change after all these years, but I have a lot of respect for the him and the job he's done with the Eagles. He may not have won a Superbowl, but many teams don't even get to the Superbowl. Tom Coughlin may have won a Superbowl, but he's not as good a coach as Reid. Reid also looks like he knows what he's doing on the sidelines. Coughlin always looks bewildered:-)



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

NYKLIB, just out of curiousity, what do you really think the MARKET is for a RB these days though?  So many teams are showing that a RB can easily be replaced, while Forte is taking the higher road, sometimes when the team itself doesn't have to guarentee your contract, it's the players job to take it on their own to demand more, now.  I understand people say they are under contract, but until the NFL guarentees 100% of these contracts they write up for the players to sign, I dont' think the players owe them anything.  A players career is already about 1/3 to 1/4th the length of the average regular worker, meaning anything they make during that time can pretty much be divided by 4 and probably more so due to being in a higher tax bracket etc.  To the average Joe, making 1 million a year for 4 years in a row seems like a dream, if you only end up seeing about half of it, and never see another contract, 2 million isn't a whole lot to live on the rest of your life.  Just an example but you get what I mean.  It's why we see so many players go bankrupt because they are trying to live a lifestyle that they can't maintain their entire lives and just about all of their careers are cut shorter then they predict....



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Dear JayGilly,

No one gives a flying F where you work or what you do.  Are we supposed to value your opinion more because you "manage" a section of a company you work for???  What is it, the fryer section of McDonalds?  Is that what gives you the extra insight on a more viable opinion of DJax?  


Folks, it's rather humorous hearing everyone's opinion.  But realistically a LOT of WR are known to take plays off when they know it's not coming their way.  Terrell Owens...a former Eagle was notorious for this, yet he has HOF numbers.  Say what you will about him...or DJax, sometimes a guy just doesn't have the heart other guys do.  He's no different a player than he was a year ago when every Philly fan was gushing over him, the difference is, this year you guys BLOW.  Take it for what it is, it's a WR that wasn't happy from the get go and now the season has gotten out of hand to the point where he's clearly throwing the towel in.  If you have a winner and want to be better, do you want him on your team absolutely!  If your a contender trying to make a push to being good....I dunno.  It's kinda hard not to give up when even before this beatdown you were pretty much out of it but teams can only carry so much baggage before it's too much.   



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

whitebread, well said.  I heard the same thing on ESPN about the Forte comparison.  The difference is Forte is giving it his all and is not letting his contract situation affect his play.  He knows the better he plays and if he keeps his unhappiness quiet rather than moaning, he will get a better contract and the Bears will want to keep him.  If I am the Eagles, I would want this punk out of town.  Maclin is a far better receiver anyway and does not showboat the way Desean does.  Like I said earlier, he has no respect for his opponents the way he goes about his touchdown celebrations.  From the second they paid Vick (proving to be a big mistake thus far), he has complained that he has not gotten paid.

"First, if you can't play for Reid, you can't play for anybody. He's a real players coach"

Agreed.  But that's the problem here.  He is too much of a player's coach.  Like Francona with the Red Sox and like Jim Fassel with the Giants once upon a time, players like Jackson think they can get away with certain things with coaches who are not strict on the players.  When the Giants and Red Sox quit on these coaches, they got fired and were replaced with disciplinarians who do not take nonsense (Couglin and Bobby V).  This team is built like the Redskins of the last decade have been built.  They have gone on the open market to sign skilled position players.  Just like the Skins, they have failed to live up to expectations because this is not how you build a "team."  Players need to play together and on this team, they are bunch of selfish players who clearly are taking advantage of the player friendly coach they have.  The same thing happened in Boston this September and it cost Francona his job.  If players are going to do things because they will get away with it and the team loses, then a change must be made.  Reid won plenty of games, but he has NO championships.  And when you have players who take advantage of you because they know they will get away with it, then the coach must be fired and replaced with a tougher coach.  When the Giants quit several years back, the players were given Tom Coughlin, and many like Tiki were not happy because they knew they could not get away with anything.  Reid has to go along with Jackson and a tougher coach must come in and change the culture.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

2.) It is clear that Young wasnt even talking to Desean on the bench, he was talking to Riley Cooper but you couldnt see him fully because a player was standing in front of him. Philadelphia daily news at 5 today had the footage where you can see the player move and little and Cooper is talking to him.

3.) The NFL network said he wasnt talking to any of his teammates last night and then there were shots of him talking to his teammates hahaha go figure.

The media is a joke just like ONE player saying its like a "dream team" then everyone made it out that the whole team and fans think that.
Nova - Not an Eagles fan, but agree on all points here.  Jackson is still just a kid basically and obviously a little immature and I think the media is loving jumping all over him right now.

Also, in regards to who Young was talking to - it was obvious (even on the NFL Network) telecast that they were intentionally cutting out the player Young was talking to - talk about not giving the entire picture.  I know this is just sports, but our media is getting less and less credible as the days go on.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

First, if you can't play for Reid, you can't play for anybody. He's a real players coach. Jackson has been pouting all year. His numbers are way down. And they were way down when Vick was the QB. Has he outperformed his rookie contract? Of course he has. Should he be given a boatload of money? Absolutely not. Look, he's in the same boat as Forte of Chicago. But Forte is acting like a professional, and all Jackson has done is to cost himself millions. Forte goes to work everyday, and he takes more of a beating than a deep threat ever will. We won't even talk about his inability to go over the middle. All he's been doing all year is whine and complain that he's not getting what he thinks he should. Jackson, get ready for reality to bite you in the backend. If you think that ANY team will give you a large signing bonus, with the attitude you've shown, you're out of your mind.



Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I've got nothing to write about. How can I grab some attention for my crappy writing. I know!!

"That wasn't evident by watching the telecast. And even one of Jackson's teammates, asked if Jackson was completely in the game, said "."

Who's the teammate Wilson!!??



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

1.) He didnt look back because it was a clear route, all he is suppose to do is run all the way up the field to take the corner and safety away so they can throw it to the underneath. This happens all the time with recievers.

2.) It is clear that Young wasnt even talking to Desean on the bench, he was talking to Riley Cooper but you couldnt see him fully because a player was standing in front of him. Philadelphia daily news at 5 today had the footage where you can see the player move and little and Cooper is talking to him.

3.) The NFL network said he wasnt talking to any of his teammates last night and then there were shots of him talking to his teammates hahaha go figure.

The media is a joke just like ONE player saying its like a "dream team" then everyone made it out that the whole team and fans think that.

I think Desean hasnt had the best year and against the patriots he dropped some keys passes. But the fact on how bad the media is making this out to be is a little ridiculous. 2 weeks ago he was fine against the giants other then the bad penalty which would have given him 130 yards recieving. Then 2 drops last week and then the NFL network trying to create something that didnt happen, now is horrible, shouldnt be resigned, is a quitter.

Lets also not forget the routes that he has ran the last 3 weeks where he would be gone for a long td but with Young having the arm strength of a Division 3 Qb he underthrows it and Desean has to either stop to catch it or its picked off.  


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