DeSean Jackson has obviously endured a frustrating season for a lot of reasons. Some are justified, some maybe aren’t… But clearly it’s not a happy time. Last night, he got fed up with the questions asked by reporters after the game and just walked out of the interview.
Now, I can’t defend DeSean’s play or his attitude this year. in fact, if I was Andy Reid I’d probably bench him for the effort he’s put forth over the past month. But as far as this incident goes, I can’t blame him. it seems to me like he was being hounded by these reporters, who were clearly trying to get him to say something wrong and he just didn’t want to play the game anymore. I think he was absolutely right to walk out.
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Better, but I’m still not buyin’. I’ll grant you that the Patriots have improved since they were rendered utterly defenseless, unable to prevent Eli Manning from driving the New York Giants 80 yards in eight plays and 1:21 to pull out their Nov. 6 game at Gillette Stadium with 15 seconds remaining. In the aftermath of Sunday’s 38-20 win at Philadelphia, ESPN football analyst Tim Hasselbeck lauded the Patriots’ defense for playing "complimentary football." but let’s not get too complimentary here. the unit still ranks dead last in the NFL against the pass and in total defense although, to give them their due, the numbers have improved during the three-game winning streak the Patriots will carry into Sunday’s game with the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium: 292.2 yards passing and 392.7 yards in total offense allowed during that stretch, lowering the numbers to 307.5 and 409.8, respectively, for the year. Granted, the team ranks 11th in the league — not spectacular, but respectable — in the most important category of all, points allowed (20.3 per game). the question that must be raised, however, is this: Is the improved play of the Pats’ defense of late a function of their own progress or the quality of the quarterbacks they’ve faced? I’m inclined to believe it has more to do with the latter than the former. Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets, Kansas City’s Tyler Palko and Philadelphia’s Vince Young ain’t exactly the "Murderer’s Row" of NFL quarterbacks. Which is why I don’t believe the Patriots’ defense is good enough to take them where they ultimately hope to go. Improved? Yes. Capable of providing the backbone to a Super Bowl championship? no. even with an offense that has returned to its "thirtysomething" persona of late — scoring 37 points against the Jets, 34 versus the Chiefs and putting the 38 on the Eagles — there still must be concern when the Patriots face an upper-tier quarterback. no need to worry this week with Dan Orlovsky replacing Curtis Painter for the winless Colts; not a whole lot of concern the rest of the regular season, either, with the backup brigade that began with Palko and Young continuing with Orlovsky, on-again/off-again Washington starter Rex Grossman, Denver’s Tim Tebow (he may be the league rage, but he isn’t about to become a competent passer in three weeks’ time) and Miami’s Matt Moore. the one season-long starter on the Patriots’ horizon is Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, who’ll ring in the New Year in New England in the regular-season finale with a Bills team that has come crashing back to reality. While dealing with that pack of quarterbacks may not frighten you, the prospects of having to face Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, in the AFC playoffs or, if they were to advance that far, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers or New Orleans’ Drew Brees in Super Bowl XLVI should. and what happens when Brady and Co. don’t put up "thirtysomething" points against a defense like the Steelers’ or Baltimore’s? therein lies the problem. even Young threw for 400 yards, a career high, against the Patriots – and there was a lot more there for the taking. if Young leads DeSean Jackson, Antwaun Molden’s second-quarter interception is an 80-yard touchdown pass the other way (assuming Jackson would have held onto the ball, obviously). Jackson brings us to another issue on Sunday. We may have passed Halloween a month ago, but it’s still trick-or-treat season with Jackson; the wide receiver, who is so often in gamebreaker-or-bust mode, played the part of the latter on Sunday, dropping two touchdown passes before Eagles head coach Andy Reid dropped him on the bench. if the possibility of producing a different outcome wasn’t there for the Eagles, at the very least the opportunity to create a different flow to the game was. While it’s true that once the likes of cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder) and safety Patrick Chung (foot) return to good health, Molden and Sterling Moore will spend more time on the sidelines than in the secondary, but even with McCourty (who is living the sophomore jinx) and Chung in the secondary earlier this year this defense was vulnerable. In the land of "it is what it is," this isn’t a championship defense.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson isn’t exactly earning a new contract with his current team.
That’s for sure.
He’s been visibly upset all season, but all the frustration came to a head in the Eagles’ 31-14 defeat at the hands of the Seahawks on Thursday night.
I’ve got lots of questions surrounding this whole situation and, more specifically, the way in which Jackson is handling it all.
Honestly, what is Jackson pouting about?
He’s the “premier” that wanted a huge deal that has underperformed in nearly every game this season.
Sure, maybe his play over the last two seasons warranted a contract extension, but Eagles’ management is proving why they were reluctant to offer up big money for the former second-round selection.
When are guys like Jackson going to realize that the best way to sign a mega-deal is to actually work for it?
Maybe he was irritated with the way in which Philadelphia spent money acquiring the big-name free agents this past offseason, but how is being clearly disinterested in blocking and losing focus on passes thrown your way going to get you a new deal?
That’s the worst way to get a Larry Fitzgerald-esque pay day.
If anything, D-Jax should have been busting his tail to cement himself as the clear-cut top deep threat in the league.
He hasn’t had a terrible 2011 season (43 catches, 698 yards and two touchdowns). in fact, if he had a different attitude this year, there’s a decent chance he’d be in line for a new contract.
I know it’s not easy when his team, a consensus Super Bowl favorite, is the biggest disappointment in the league, but hasn’t Jackson been part of the problem?
Not only is his childish demeanor ruining his chances to get re-signed by the Eagles, but what other NFL team is going to offer him a contract with the possibility of a future Jackson headache?
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson stars in a racy promo video for his birthday bash coming up on Sunday, December 4th.
Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images
This video supports the theory that athletes want to be rappers and rappers want to be athletes. DeSean Jackson is basically doing his P. Diddy impression throughout this entire video. I was waiting for DeSean to spit a verse or something.
DeSean shouldn’t be doing too much celebrating on Sunday following his heartless performance in a 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. DeSean dogged it during the game. he displayed an obvious disconnect with quarterback Vince Young on the sideline following an unsuccessful drive. Jackson didn’t look back at Vince Young while running a pass pattern (which is kind of important to do if you’re a wide receiver). Jackson didn’t acknowledge Young on the sideline when he was trying to clear up the miscommunication.
Jackson completely checked out last night. it was a pathetic performance from a talented player who cares more about his next contract than anything else at the moment.
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As DeSean Jackson continues to wait for the Philadelphia Eagles to open up their wallet and pay him the big money he’s looking for, Ashley Fox of ESPN brought up some great points in an article she recently wrote. She does a great job explaining he likely won’t get paid anytime soon.
Just to give you some insight on Ashley Fox, she worked for the Philadelphia Enquirer for 11 years before she came to ESPN this year. so I would think she has a good feel for the Eagles and how they do business, as well as how they’re feeling when it comes to giving Jackson a big contract extension.
I strongly encourage everyone to read the article, but the first point she brings up is the fact that the Eagles aren’t crazy about the boned headed antics on the field that seems to come along with Jackson week in and week out. for example, the taunting penalty against the Giants that wiped out a 50 yard pass play that would have been a crushing blow to the Giants defense. instead of making a play and moving on, he had to throw the football at Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell? Grow up, your’re in the NFL.
Another thing that the Eagles are likely wary of, is just how fragile Jackson is since he’s only listed at 5 feet 10 inches tall and 175 pounds, which is likely exaggerated a bit. as an organization, do you really think the Eagles want to pay Jackson big money when he could be a hit away from being done as an NFL player?
I’m well aware that every NFL player runs the risk of suffering a career ending injury on any given play. but when you’re built like a leaf, it wouldn’t take a tremendous hit to put Jackson out for the count.
The Eagles will likely end up placing the franchise tag on Jackson for the 2012 season, but their patience might be running out with him. a clear example of this is when he was suspended for the Eagles week ten game against the Cardinals for missing a meeting.
If I was the Eagles, I would franchise him and trade him away next season if they don’t plan on keeping him long term.
DeSean Jackson Likely Won’t Get Paid Anytime Soon
DeSean Jackson amazingly finished first among all wide receivers in fantasy football last year. The young stud has all the tools to put up massive numbers in 2010, but still he has only logged 2 years so it’s tough to anoint him already. In addition, the emergence of Jeremy Maclin might take a bite into DeSean’s numbers. In 2009, Jackson only had 60 total catches, but was still so explosive he managed to average 15.2 points per game. In overall points, he just edged out Andre Johnson. He finished with 1167 receiving yards and 9 receiving TDs. He got over the top by tacking on 131 and 1 from rushing and 2 more TDs from punt returns. In sum, that comes to a gaudy 1298 and 12.
When finally healthy and with a full strength Matt Schaub at the helm, Andre Johnson went buck wild with his yardage, averaging 98 yards per game and throwing in a solid 9 TDs. Dre has to fall as either the first or second WR picked.
Randy Moss remained in the league’s elite by breaking off 1264 and 13. What you have to love about Moss is he vacuums in touchdowns easily and Brady eyes him heavily in the redzone. one concern is he will be 33 for 2010. another concern is he ended the season with a separated shoulder. yet another cause for concern is Wes Welker’s health. I don’t think his age will effect him and his shoulder is expected to be 100% so those fires should subside in your mind. However, Welker takes a ton of pressure off Moss and his probable absence is especially worrisome. Moss should still be in your top 6, but you need to watch how the Pats offseason goes to gauge him as the season approaches.
The number four receiver in all of fantasy land is someone no one had in their top 20. Roy Williams can reject the notion all he wants, but the truth is Miles Austin is the top dog in Dallas. The ultra impressive about Austin’s ’09 season is he only had 81 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 catches for the first four games. then, he caught on fire and blazed towards 1320 and 11 for his totals – starting with a 250 and 2 posting against KC. He may have come out of nowhere, but now Miles must be in your top 3.
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Part of the Dynamic Duo in Philadelphia with running mate Desean Jackson, expect Maclin to take his game to the next level. with Kevin Kolb being touted as the next Aaron Rodgers, Maclin will be able to showcase why the Eagles drafted him in the first round last year.
Brandon Jacobs is only a year removed from a 1100 yard, 15 TD season. The Giants know they need to get Jacobs involved early and often to soften up opposing defenses. after all, this was the strategy that made them Super Bowl champs. look for them to get back to what works.
With Vincent Jackson out of the picture, another receiver will emerge and that receiver is most likely Malcolm Floyd. At 6’5, he’s built like VJax, so expect him to fill those shoes quite nicely. with the decline and eventual release of LaDanian Tomlinson, the San Diego Chargers have become more pass oriented. I expect Floyd to have many opportunities to make big plays.
With QB mark Sanchez still in the developmental stage of his career, look for LT to be involved early and often. Shonn Green failed to catch a single pass during the regular season last year, so expect Tomlinson to be in there on virtually all 3rd downs.
Wells is clearly the more gifted rusher of the two, but with QB Matt Leinart behind center, Hightower is the best fit for the offense. Hightower will be used on the majority of passing downs because he is the superior receiver and pass blocker. Now with Captain Checkdown running the show in Arizona, look for Hightower to improve on the 63 receptions he had last year.
DeSean Jackson is being disciplined for missing the bulk of Saturday’s team meeting and will not play against the Cardinals.
According to sources, Jackson slept through his alarm clock and showed up right before the meeting ended, drawing the ire of coach Andy Reid. This was not an isolated incident, as Jackson was late to a meeting last Saturday as well, we’re told.
Underneath all this is a growing frustation by the wide receiver, who is in the final year of his rookie contract that will pay him $600,000. He believes that he has been lied to, according to sources, and is stung because upper management has not taken care of him as they say he would. While he is trying to avoid a T.O.-like meltdown, his unrest is clearly bubbling to the surface.
Jackson still wants to be an Eagle, according to a source, and intends on playing out the rest of the season. That is, if the head coach allows it.
The 24-year-old was apparently notified that he would not be playing Sunday by his receivers coach, not by Reid.
So far, this season has been rather disappointing for Jackson. He has 29 receptions for 503 yards and two touchdowns. He was expected to be the Eagles’ top wide receiver, but Jeremy Maclin leads statistically in nearly every category.
Jackson said earlier this season that health is his top priority.
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