Get Off Of DeSean Jackson’s BackBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Monday, December 16th, 2013
I’m not ready to jump all over Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson for his sideline blowup yesterday at the Eagles-Vikings game. Let’s step back and look at the situation, rather than overdo the criticism of him for what was definitely a mistake.
First of all let me make it clear that his blow up was wrong. You can communicate during a game with your teammates and you can do it forcefully, but you don’t want your communication to divide the football team. You can criticize your teammates, but you must do it in a way, which improves the play of the team rather than makes it worse.
Something happened on the sidelines yesterday after an Nick Foles interception, which precipitated a meltdown by Jackson after one of his teammates said something to him. Jackson went off and it took the Chip Kelly to cool him off. I don’t know if he was dropping F-bombs, but he was dropping some type of verbal bombs.
I’m Jackson will admit that he made a mistake.
Truth of the matter is that this happens a lot during a football game when things aren’t going right. Players say things that would have been best unsaid. Coaches get too critical on the sideline and make a player or players play worse.
The reason I wouldn’t be too hard on Jackson is because of the growth and development I have seen in him since he’s been an Eagle. He has developed into a good leader for this football team.
You don’t see him shut himself down in a game and tune out, even if he’s not getting a lot of balls thrown his way. You will still see him contributing in other ways, such as a punt returner or as a decoy. He’ll continue to hustle even when things are going well.
The Arizona game is a great example. Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was a doing a good job on Jackson in their one-on-one battle, but on a key play, Jackson fought with Peterson for an under thrown Nick Foles pass that stopped the cornerback from picking it off. It was a key play in the game.
Early in the season when Michael Vick was starting and the passing game was inconsistent, Jackson was questioned week after week and asked question after question about his struggling wide receiver mates, but he never said anything negative about any of them. I sat there and watched him keep his composure and be a leader for this football team.
You see him staying after practice and getting in extra work.
Numerous times I’ve been standing in the locker room after practice this year with the media and just about the whole team in there and Jackson will come walking through after spending some extra time outside working on his game.
Jackson knows he made a mistake yesterday, but I would rather have a guy who cares enough about the team that he’s willing to get emotional about it, rather than that team which went up to Minnesota yesterday and tried to win a game while going through the motions.
Number 10 caught 10 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Maybe if the defense had showed up with Jackson’s attitude yesterday, we wouldn’t be trying to explain how you make Matt Cassel look like a Hall of Famer.
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