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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: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:31 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Come on Andy, Jackson reacted to Young like Pamela Anderson would if Pee Wee Herman asked her out on a date !

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:17 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Crfannies are you serious? Coming from a Yankee fan you should know what its like to have a team in the media everyday. Yankees can play the worst team in baseball while the two best teams are playing each other and the Yankees are still front page news, first headline on ESPN.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:14 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I agree with tazdevils.  As a Giants fan, I cannot stand Jackson and not just because he is an Eagle.  It is because of how he showboats.  He has no respect for his opponents.  When he ran that punt return last year, he ran all over the field knowing he was not getting touched rather than just run it into the end zone and end the misery of that game just to rub it into the faces of the Giants and their fans.  In a MNF game against the Cowboys, he had an easy TD and he rolled back falling into the end zone.  lthappy avenged, he was ignoring Young when he talked.  If he wasn't, he wouldn't have looked at him.  And Young was probably telling him that he should put in some effort and try to block a defender to help him out.  Jackson is all about himself; he does not realize he is only one player on a TEAM.  He only cares about bettering himself and not the team.  He thinks he is above the rules and does not attend meetings.  But I will admit I do not always look directly at people when I talk to them.  But Jackson was looking the other way with his head down, annoyed that Young was calling him out.  Well this punk only plays hard when the ball is in his hands.  He is one of the biggest showboaters in the league, maybe even bigger than TO because at least TO gives it his all.  This team is like the Miami Heat because they both have the biggest showboaters and controversial players in their sport.  The Heat have Wade and LePunk and the Eagles have Jackson, the doggie killer aka Michael Vick (maybe the most hated NFL player), and Vince Young (the man who named the Eagles the "Dream Team").  And Reid should not get a pass either.  He made an offensive coach the d-coordinator.  He has brought a winning culture to Philly that was not there before, but even with those teams, he has ZERO Super Bowl rings to show for it and has been to only ONE.  They lost 4 of 5 NFC title games.  They're like the Bills except at least they made it to Super Bowls.  I do not get the loyalty factor:  Great, he has won 60% of his games in the regular season.  But, he has no rings in the 13 years to show for it.  He needs to go too.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:05 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

If I can only act the same way and have my boss back me up. That was horrific. There was one play where he didn't even turn his head back and look at the QB. I would take a coke induced Irvin at 40 years old over this bum!

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:04 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Whether you like it or not, and I certainly don't, in today's world of sports, respect is an overly emphasized element in culture, particularly with young African Americans. This guy is a two-time Pro Bowl player who watched as his team brought in player after player and drafted a wideout in the first round, and never even really talked to him about a contract to pay him. Now, in the "old days", that just meant that you went out and showed everyone how good you were, and left on your own terms or collected your payday, but unfortunately, kids don't think that way anymore. They sulk, they get bitter, they stop putting it all out there. In the NFL, that doesn't work. If you don't bring your "A" game, you're just another guy out there, and that's what Jackson is this year. just another guy.
The Eagles created this mess. If they felt that Jackson was not a guy that going to get a big contract from them, they should have traded him. Expecting him to be mature and knuckle down to earn his payday was not going to happen. The Eagles front office is a mess. As one of their players put it, they are playing Fantasy football. They don't how to assemble, motivate and challenge a team to accomplish the task of winning, and therefore, they won't. 

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:39 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I am Jacksons biggest critic: his overall attitude is a disgrace, and he has no respect for anyone in the game, and that shows in grand fashion. However, I will say, about the "staring into space" when Young was talking to him: that does not imply one bit that he was blatantly ignoring Young. Punks like him usually have eye contact problems anyway. People can watch a game and talk to their buddies about it without directly facing them. Soooo...Young and Jackson can't? Pinpointing that is just media smearing a characters reputation through everything he does. Now if you want to talk about his poor performance, his filthy showboating, or the fact that he chooses which receiver drills he feels like running in practices, well that is legitimate...

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:32 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Reid probably needs to defend Jackson because soon he's going to need all the friends he can get. That aside, Jackson's lack of focus, lack of downfield blocking, and lack of heart makes him a dangerous person to have on your team.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:02 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Jay, are you serious?  How can you defend his actions?  If I did my job only part of the time I would be fired in no time.  If you are an operations manager and this is your work ethic then I don't know how your company survives.  If he is not happy with his situation or pay then he should leave and find another team or another occupation. He has no problem finding the energy or desire to showboat, but cannot seem to keep his head in the game when he may not be the first option. The door swings both ways. Maybe it's time for him to use it. 

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:45 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

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.

i cant believe this was said by someone who claims to be a manager of any sorts, so if one of your employees production and interest in the job falls off because, lets say he didnt get the raise that someone else got, you would just sit back and say "why would he work hard, we didnt give him the same raise as the other guy, so we shouldnt blame him for now being a crappy worker for us??"  are you friggin kidding me??  ive been a human resource manager for several years now, and if someone quits wanting to work for a certain amount, then they need to find a new job that will pay it, or be happy with what you are making and make due, because i will be happy show them the door they need to walk through to begin their search, because ill be damned if my company will continue to employ a disgruntled employee, all because he feels like we should pay him more, well guess what, i feel like i should be paid more, but you dont see me tanking at my job to get the point across, because anyone with half a brain knows that if i were to blow off my job and start doing crappy work because of a pay dispute, im liable to be in the unemployment line next week, and i wouldnt blame my bosses one damn bit, only myself

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:43 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Now we know why reid has never won a super bowl and why his team is 4-8. Get a clue reid, jackson is a small man at his best.A pouting child other-wise.

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