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Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:27 pm
Jackson isn't interested in talking to reporters about the current state of his game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The big story this morning isn't that that Marshawn Lynch has come out of nowhere to be one of the league's best running backs this season. Or that "the plan" Pete Carroll referred during training camp really does include Tarvaris Jackson, who has played well in recent weeks.

DeSean's forgettable season
Instead, as is often the case anytime the Eagles play, the big story is DeSean Jackson, the mercurial wide receiver in the last year of this rookie contract who plays with all the urgency of a shorts and t-shirt minicamp workout. Following Philly's latest loss, a 31-14 effort against the Seahawks on Thursday night, Jackson admitted that he's "frustrated with losing," but when one of his teammates was asked if Jackson was completely in the game he said, "No, he's [messing] around." 

If the plan is to sleepwalk through the current season for his current team and alienate the 31 others that might've had interested during free agency then mission accomplished, DeSean.  Otherwise, we have no idea what Jackson's doing and his "plan," unlike Pete Carroll's, is not only ill-conceived but it's going to cost him a lot of money.

Against the Seahawks, Jackson finished the game with four catches for 34 yards. Alone those numbers don't mean much. Without watching you might think that the Seahawks double-teamed Jackson, or that maybe the game plan was to feature LeSean McCoy. And at times, both were true. But Jackson's performance is mostly about his apparent unwillingness to … well, try.

"Actually there were quite a few plays called for him," head coach Andy Reid said. "They were making an effort to double him and move a safety in."'s Mike Freeman wrote Friday morning about Jackson staring into oblivion while quarterback Vince Young tried to talk to him on the sidelines.

"If that's what they saw, that's what they saw," Jackson said of the cameras, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't have to sit here and answer them questions. My teammates know what it is."

And during pregame warm-ups, Jackson was hanging out with the defensive ends as the other wide receivers worked together.

"I'm not answering none of that type of question," said Jackson. "If you're going to ask something about the game, do that. . . . Next question."

Two weeks ago, Jackson told NFL Network's Michael Irvin that he's in the Larry Fitzgerald-Calvin Johnson range when it comes to his worth. Fitz makes $15 million this season, Megatron almost $9 million.

"I think right in that range," he said at the time. "Maybe top-5 in the NFL. ...My playmaking skills and abilities, my punt returns, and the ability to get the ball and score on any play. I mean, Fitzgerald, he's a special receiver -- don't get me wrong -- but he doesn't play special teams so that adds an extra edge to it."

In theory, yes. In practice, Fitzgerald has been just as dangerous on special teams this season as Jackson. And much more consistent at wide receiver, and that's with John Skelton throwing him passes.

NFL Network's Marshall Faulk got it right two weeks ago: "Showing up to any meeting late is definitely not a good way to handle (things) when you want money from a team."

Not showing up at all is even worse.

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Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:37 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

This guy is the primadonna of all primadonna's ... well lately .. ther have been historicly other ones who may have been worse ... ehhh hmmm ... former Eagle T.O. ring a bell ... none the less this guy hasn't done anything all year .. BUT .. complain, miss practice, meetings and show that he is just an immature little punk who is throwing away MILLIONS of dollars with these antics.

Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:32 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

i loved d jax as a player b4 this year now he' scared to go across the middle cuz he's scared about getting hurt and wants a big pay day well playing like this only a stupid team would pay u the big bucks

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:30 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

What a primadona! I hope Dallas gets him. Surprised He could be the new TO.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:29 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

This Eagles team definitely should have more wins, and D-Jax has lost at least 2 of them, and is partially responsible for two more with drops on potential scoring plays.
I'm curious.  Which 2 losses was he responsible for?

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:25 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Til then, shut up and play - or check out mentally and lose millions for the future.

I don't really recall him speaking out about much.  I saw the interview.  He was answering questions abouth the game.  The reporters kept trying to start a controversy by asking him him if there's any dissention between himeself ad his teammates and he refused to answer, but they kapt asking him over and over and over again until he finally said enough already (although he used somewhat different words).

At least he seemed upset about the season as opposed to his teammates and coach that keep saying we just need to keep practicing and do a better job next game.  Hell, Vince Young thinks he "played OK the last 2 weeks" and that's a direct quote from his post game interviews.  Maybe the media should make a headline about that, or maybe someone should have said to him are you kidding, you think you played OK? 

Sure Jackson isn't a saint but why is evryone villifying him so much when the rest of the team, coaches included (especially coaches) are flat out responsible for the embarresment that the Eagle have become?  Also, you mentioned that he's maybe the 15th best WR in the NFL.  I have a feeling that some teams in the NFL will be willing to give him job next season and compensate him fairly well.  Quite frankly I hope he stays on the Eagles.  Anyone that would pick Riley Cooper (nothing against Riley) over Desean Jackson is a fool.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:25 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

For those of you that think desean Jackson is underpaid are mistaken. He's under contract meaning he is paid for just that. Now when its his time to be a free agent. He can get the millions he is looking for. 
I disagree.  Rookies don't have much leverage, and he has played above his paycheck.  Having said that...

He is only going to hurt his market value pulling stunts like these. Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson's contracts are up this year and they have nothing but class the way they have gone about thier business. They may be upset, well atleast Forte has made it known, but he knows the light will be at the end of the tunnel after this season

This part is totally right.  His current deal is not fair, but this a contract year, so put your head down, bust your butt, and negotiate a bigger contract next year.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:22 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Stone Hands really isn't that good.  A lot of Vick's struggles this year can be traced to the extremely poor and inconsistent play of both Jackson and Maclin.  Hence why Vick started throwing to Celek all the time, Avant and Steve Smith.  If not for that rib injury Vick probably would do better with Avant, Smith and Celek as his WRs, and I think Andy Reid thinks so too hence why he tried to set that up for Vick.  If Vick could have gone out there and thrown for 300+ 3 TD no INTs I think Reid would have kept Maclin and D-Jax on the sideline going forward.

Vick hasn't been stellar this year but I've watched most of the Eagle's games and a lot of his turnovers actually aren't his fault.  This Eagles team definitely should have more wins, and D-Jax has lost at least 2 of them, and is partially responsible for two more with drops on potential scoring plays.  If you take away 2-3 scoring plays a game and add a turnover or two in per game most QBs in this league would not perform well.  The top 3 guys wouldn't be affected quite as much, but even Tom Brady loses games when his WRs turn the ball over.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:18 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

We are told many times that these [athletes] are tough as [nails] and these [men] would play the game that they love for free.  Based on [messing] Chris Johnson's and Jackson's [lousy] behaviors, these young athletes are more like thin-skinned [female dogs] and cry babies.  They don't care about winning or losing.  They care only about the money.  Professional sport is only about the money.  That's why the Patriots and the Packers will win and the other franchises will not.  These [donkeys] are a bunch of [cats].  Too bad the Eagles and their dream team were not featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this year.  This would have been the ultimate reality show, with the internal meltdowns, the wrecking ball into trust and comaraderie in the locker room and watching Andy Reid's head explode with every loss.    Philadelphia is a good hardnosed town, but they don't deserve a bunch of underachieving self-entitled vampires.  Don Shula was [retired] after the 1995 season with the Miami Dolphins version of the dream team, finishing 9-7 and a playoff appearance.  What happens to Andy Reid?

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:14 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

I like the list and agree completely. I would add Miles Austin, Mike Wallace, Percy Harvin, and maybe Sydney Rice to that list. It would be interesting to see Percy and Sydney with good QBs. They have better stats in many regards with QBs inferior to Vick and possibly Young. Although its hard to say that when you come off a 400 yd. passing game to throw 4 picks.

I guess my point is that players get paid to perform. There are dozens of WRs that a team will sign that will play hard, not say a 'franchise player don't returen punts', and focus on team success. He needs to take a lesson from Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitz. They get paid millions because they worked hard, play hard, and understand that if they do those things, the money will come and continue to be there for them. After there current contracts are up and they start to slide some, teams will still pay big for them.  

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:11 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

I'm reminded of when Bernard Berrian was approaching free agency. BB thought he should be paid in the top 10 at his position. DSJ thinks he's top 5. Berrian is/ was a bust. He wasn't even the best on the Bears at the time. DSJ's story will be similar.

Jackson has all the talent in the world but he wants someone to pay him BEFORE he shows it. It doesn't work that way. Nobody wants or needs guys like this. He's done NOTHING to warrant a big contract. All he's done is show he can be a baby and a quitter when he doesn't get what he wants.

Look at Matt Forte on the Bears. Talk about someone DESERVING a payday.  DSJ, watch the Bears' Forte and see how to get paid.

As I said, DSJ has all the talent in the world but there is nothing special about him. Players like him a dime a dozen. Should we start to make the list of the guys that had a lot of talent but all they did was talk about how much talent they had? Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

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