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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: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

It sucks to have such potential, and fail that badly. They need a better d coridinator and probably a head coach.  Well so long to the dream team. 



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I think all of us are searching for a reason why a team that has so much talent on paper is playing this bad? There is one simple reason and It is not just the coaching. The Eagles have made a number of changes in this team both in coaching and on the field. When they made these changes, they failed to consider that all successful teams have Vocal leaders in the lockeroom! The Eagles unfortunately do not!!! I agree Desean Jackson is behaving like a child. Obviously he would not be behaving this way if Ray Lewis was a teamate. Remember Randy Moss? He behaved the same way until he went to New England where this type of behavior was not tolerated by the coach, but more importantly by the leadership on his team. It is sad that Desean Jackson does not have a veteran leader to set him straight or atleast convice him that his behavior is costing him millions of dollars. As for the manager, who suggested that Desean Jackson shouldn't give his all because he knows he may not get the ball. Obviously, you are forgetting what being a member of a team is all about! If you have any basic understanding of managing people, you will know that poor performance can be and is contagious!!!



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

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.
Jay.... are you hiring?? If you are a manager and this is your outlook, I am more then willing to work for you at 50% of capacity, and then when people question my work ethic, I will say things such as, "Why should I work hard when I am not getting the raise I want?" "Why should I work hard when I feel my boss, Jay, doesnt work at his capacity", etc...

Why should Jackson be all in?? 1. He is getting paid millions to play a childs game...2. his behavior this year (a contract year), will have a big factor in how much he gets paid to play that childs game for the next several years... Heard of Chris Johnson?? did you see what happened to his pay when he had a breakout contract year?? yea.. that is reason enough for me.

But seriously, if you are willing to hire and pay people for half-a$$ work simply because they believe their co-employees or management isnt giving them the tools/help needed to (not succeed) but even try hard... then reply back to this comment letting me know where I need to send my resume and when I can start



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

The offense isn't the problem, the defense is. They were 3-6 in their first 9 games, but they had the lead in the 4th quarter of every one of those games. They lost those games because the D couldn't stop anyone when it mattered.
I have never understood this mentality.  offenses are only expected to play 3 quarters, but defenses are expected to play 4.  Just look at it. If a team loses a 4th quarter lead the defense is to blame, no matter if it was only a 3 point lead they loss and the offense couldnt score another point. Everyone claims the defense couldnt hold a lead and forgets the offense couldnt score. Now if a defense doesnt allow any points in the 4th quarter and the offense scores to win (even if that is their only score of the game), the offense is given all the credit for coming back in the 4th quarter and winning.. Makes little sense




Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I'll laugh if the idiot chicken little Eagle fans and critics who insist "Reids got to go" get their way. Just like all the Lions fans who thought 9-7 seasons were "unacceptable", so they brought in the new "regime" of Matt Millen, and a decade of real futility ensued. Be careful what you wish for, dingbats.  Nevermind the guy's track record has been impeccable and unmatched by any other Eagles coach. The guy has ONE bad season and people get hysterical.

Im a Bears fan, but I guess the question is.. Do you want to settle for mediocre or go a different route and try to win a championship? And I think more then record, you look at him as a guy losing control of his team in the past.  This year is simply they are not the great team everyone thought they were.  Their D is old, Vick had unobtainable expectations, and well outside McCoy, they arent the team everyone expects them to be



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

The offense isn't the problem, the defense is. They were 3-6 in their first 9 games, but they had the lead in the 4th quarter of every one of those games. They lost those games because the D couldn't stop anyone when it mattered. It might have something to do with the brand new defensive coordinator, who was an offensive coach for the last 21 years. Saying Andy Reid needs to be fired is just about the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Most teams would kill to have a coach that could take them to the playoffs 9 out of 12 years. If Philly fires him he'll be unemployed for about 5 minutes, and they'll be kicking themselves because they're not gonna find anything better out there.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Reid is still the coach of the Eagles?? go figure.. but in all honestly, I am tired of hearing about the Eagles. I figured it was going to be difficult, nay, impossible for a team to be hyped up and then talked about more then the Cowboys last year.  Just like M. Irvin refused to accept the fact through a 0-6 start last year Dallas was eliminated from the playoffs, this years Cowboys are the Eagles (kind fo ironic) The Eagles have been done in terms of playoff hopes for 2 months now.. And we are talking 4-8, they are still mathematically in it, "but falling further behind the 7-win NFC teams"???  Im so tired of hearing about the "Dream Team" this year? Im going to go read another over talked topic.. where is Suh at??



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Jackson is going to be in the mold of TO, Chad johnson and Randy Moss....play when you want and not play when you don't want. He wants top 5 money for this. Kid has got more God given talent than he knows what to do with but he's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Pennsylvania. first things first...grow up and start acting like a man and second like a professional. Then the money will come your way. Till then.......No Soup For You. 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I'll laugh if the idiot chicken little Eagle fans and critics who insist "Reids got to go" get their way. Just like all the Lions fans who thought 9-7 seasons were "unacceptable", so they brought in the new "regime" of Matt Millen, and a decade of real futility ensued. Be careful what you wish for, dingbats.  Nevermind the guy's track record has been impeccable and unmatched by any other Eagles coach. The guy has ONE bad season and people get hysterical.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

BOTH OF THESE CLOWNS NEED TO GET OUTTA TOWN ASAP. NEW COACH/DRAFT BLACKMON OR BARKLEY-LET THE NEW ERA BEGIN. TEAM IS STILL LOADED WITH TALENT. SHIP JUST NEEDS A CAPTAIN. NOT THE DONUT MAN.


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