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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 14, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:39 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

ive never seen a 4-8 team so terrible be in the news so much....

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:38 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.

- Andy Reid should stick up for his players. I want my managers sticking up for their employees when I get pissed at poor results. He hasn't forgotten how to coach and he has succeeded with less than the talent he has this year. 

- People want to blame Andy Reid, but this is a personnel issue. He didn't sign these guys, the GM did. Blame him. Did the free agents on this year's dream team have issues that made their former clubs not resign them?
I always look at the NFL like this: Free Agency really is for filling in the pieces, you build your team through the draft.

The Eagles need a new GM not a new Coach        


Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:37 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Plenty of WR's out there that can produce big time without DJack's attitude. 1 big year and he is ready for the HOF. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:20 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

A, The NFL network is a fucking joke. Terrible production, low rent talent, can onky watch the game on mute.
B, What does the media have against this kid? I thought Andy Reid was the coach, not some dildo game producer with an agenda. I would tell the media to fuck off too if I was Desean.
C, His QB's suck. I wonder why his production has fell off? Yeah, he dropped a TD pass against NE. It happens and I doubt it was premeditated.
D, I hope the Cowboys or Giants pick him up and he dominates the Eagles twice a year with a real QB.   

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:12 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

dallas will pay him big bucks he is  there type of player

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:01 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

DeSean Jackson is a complete and utter pile of manure!!!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:49 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

His college coaches told the pro scouts THEN, he has trouble showing up for practice and takes plays off.
This is why he dropped into the 2nd round in the draft.
I can't see why some people are shocked? Sure, this kid is a blazer...but also a headcase.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:46 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Andy Reid isn't the's the jokes that are on the football field that are the problem.  If you are one of the most talented teams paper wise in football, a coach can't screw that up enough to go 4-8....sure he can screw things up(check the Red Sox collapse), but not 4-8.  Vick as QB has the option to audible if he doesn't like the plays being called in...1 problem, the guy is too STUPID to call an audible.....and if you have the secondary the Eagles have NAME WISE, it's once again not on the coaches when these guys clearly should be able to play zone, man to man or whatever formation thrown at them...time to blame the guys on the playing field on this one

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:40 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Bottom line Jackson is the most dynamic player on the field and a game changer and no one on the roster can stretch the field like him. Maclin is a real #2 and he only leads the team in receptions because Jackson draws the double team all game long and he stretches the field for everyone else to be open. Without Jackson the eagle are in trouble and Mccoy won't be enough and even with Vick. Who on the roster scares anyone? I will answer that question for you and thats no one. Pay the man and get a real defensive coordinator and go get a darn middle LB that can tackle and play the gaps like they need to be played and stop the darn run!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Worst part UK is that he WILL get his money, despite what the "experts" say...if anyone should throw money at him it should be the Giants, he's burned their asses enough..hahaha...not sure if I want him back or not, but AR should most definitely go, 13 years is long enough...time to move on...times yours!

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