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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: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:32 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Andy ... I get that you are trying to be a stand up guy, and keep all the team problems inside the locker room.  It is an admirable quality, but you are backing the wrong horse in this race.  Jackson is simply an immature and worthless teammate.  You cannot win with that type of guy.  If keeping your job, and coaching the Phila Eagles is still important to you ... then take action against Jackson's antics NOW.  You will win favor with the team, the fans, and set a precedent going forward that will only benefit your team.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:30 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Please get rid of Deion (Daffy Duck) Sanders and Michael Irvin, please nfl network.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:30 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

I agree UK! Well said!

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:23 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

THAT is exactly why Andy Reid sucks as a coach, and should be fired now....he has no authority in that locker room, he has no control, he is letting the inmates run the asylum.  To do ANYTHING but reprimand and punish that moron Jackson for quitting on his team....and yes, that is exactly what he did, but I disagree on when; I think he did in training the height of stupid.  No way in hell Reif should be sitting there defending him....the eagles need to fire Reid, suspend Jackson for the rest of the season for conduct detrimental to the team, and then let that little thug see how much money he can get on the market.

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