Tag:DeSean Jackson
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:59 pm

Polamalu is one popular dude

T. Polamalu sold the most jerseys in the NFL this year. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tim Tebow didn’t lead the league in jersey sales this season (that’s shocking for the Wonder Boy, I know). Neither did Drew Brees nor Peyton Manning nor Tom Brady nor Roger Goodell nor Michael Vick (nor Ron Mexico for that matter).

You know who did? Troy Polamalu.

According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, Polamalu is the first defensive player to earn this distinction since Brian Urlacher in 2006.

The list:

1. Polamalu

2, Brees

3. Tebow

4. Manning

5. Brady

6. Vick

7. Aaron Rodgers

8. Eli Manning

9. DeSean Jackson

10. Mark Sanchez

11. Tony Romo

12. Brett Favre

As Rovell writes, Vick wasn’t even in the top-25 of jersey sales through Halloween (I guess being pretty awesome at quarterback helps your bottom line). Meanwhile, Favre hasn’t been this low since 2006 when he finished 14th (I guess being a lightning rod for criticism, sexual and otherwise, helps kill your Q rating).

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:02 pm

Eagles vs. Packers: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point playoff preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. And as an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:

1. Green Bay Packers (No. 6, NFC, 10-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (No. 3, NFC, 10-6)

And we're right back where we started! Except instead of the regular season opener, we all know that Michael Vick will play and that he's capable of being the most dangerous quarterback in the NFL on any given day. So is Aaron Rodgers, though, which is why this is such a compelling matchup. It doesn't hurt either that at one point either before the season (Packers) or during the year (Eagles), both of these teams were the clear-cut favorite to win the NFC. Injuries almost derailed Green Bay, but they rallied to become the annual "wild card team no one wants to play," while the Eagles stumbled down the stretch as either Vick's injuries caught up to him or defenses figured him out. Sunday, we find out which one it was.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking

This is probably a 5-Mora rating because of the compelling matchup at quarterback, but I'm a hard sell for a maximum rating. Plus, the whole "What if Michael Vick has a bad performance" storyline is terrifying.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Michael Vick vs. Dom Capers and his blitzing minions

Michael Vick threw his first interception since like 2006 in Week 12 against Chicago. It's cool, though, because no one can go totally interception-less. Except since that Week 12 game, he hasn't had a game without an interception. That's not saying Vick hasn't been good -- Lord knows he's piling up fantasy points by the bundles and won my championship for me (it's a CBSSports.com league, duh, so hey, Garrett! Maybe next year!). But fantasy football doesn't offer negative points for quarterbacks being sacked and when someone runs in touchdowns, which Vick does, scores get inflated. 

That's a long way of saying that take a look at the final three games of Vick's regular season and you realize how important pressure is for Dom Capers and the Packers. If they can get athletic blitzers to Vick (i.e. defensive backs and Clay Matthews), they'll force sacks, fumbles and bad decisions from Vick. 

That was the plan Minnesota utilized in Week 16 and it resulted in six sacks, two fumbles, an interception and enough bad decisions by Vick that he completed just 58.1 percent of his passes. Now, Vick probably wasn't "100 percent" but that's the nature of football at the end of the season. 

It's no secret that there's a correlation between additional pressure on the quarterback (and this applies to any team playing any quarterback) and turnovers, sacks, bad decisions and wins. And it's no secret that quarterbacks who can recognize blitz packages and formations and then adjust on the fly have a higher rate of success. Michael Vick has shown, over the past few weeks, that perhaps he's not as developed as a "pure passer" as everyone thought when he was piling up deep balls against the Redskins.

Capers will bring the heat with the Packers blitz packages -- if Vick can demonstrate a better job of recognizing the various formations, then he'll seem a lot more like the guy who upped his MVP status in the second half against the Giants than the guy who was stifled in the first part of that game.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

I was originally going to put  to put "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley here (for Vick's comeback), but that's probably desecrating the importance with which Marley wrote the anthem of freedom. Instead, let's think about what's at stake for Vick and Rodgers here -- both guys need a playoff win in the worst way. One to really beef up his contract status with the Eagles next year and the other to get that final monkey off his back. But that doesn't mean there's any PRESSURE, DAN Michael and Aaron.

5. The Eagles will win if ...

They provide Vick adequate protection and establish LeSean McCoy in both the running and passing game. The Packers are going to bring pressure (duh) and the best way to counter that is by letting McCoy make plays from screens, draws and dumps in the flats designed to occur before the pressure hits.

6. The Packers will win if ...

They get to Vick. Rodgers will get his points so it's on the defense, and the Eagles are 1-2 in games where Vick was sacked four or more times, with the lone win a 35-32 victory over Detroit in Week 2.

7. Prediction: Eagles 23, Packers 21
Posted on: January 3, 2011 9:39 pm

Headline: Hot Routes 1.3.11: final stats overview

Posted by Andy Benoit

Because nobody cares about the box scores in Week 17, we’ll use this opportunity to take a final look at some of the interesting individual player stats from the 2010 NFL season.
  • Brandon Lloyd wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,448). Second in receiving was Roddy White (1,389) who, oddly enough, had 38 fewer receptions than Lloyd.
  • Chris Johnson finished with1,364 yards rushing, which ranked seventh in the NFL and left him 1,136 yards shy of his preseason goal.
  • Guess who finished sixth in the NFL in passer rating: Josh Freeman. The Bucs will be a very trendy pick in 2011 – you watch.
  • Tom Brady had 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The last time we saw a ratio this impressive was…well, Tom Brady. In 2007 he threw 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
  • Danny Amendola finished ninth in the NFL in total receptions (85) but averaged just 8.1 yards per catch. The 8.1 yards was easily an all-time low for a wide receiver with at least 60 receptions.
  • DeSean Jackson had a 1,000 yard season despite only 47 receptions. He averaged 22.5 yards per catch (or nearly three Danny Amendola catches per catch).
  • Mike Wallace averaged 21.0 yards per catch and finished fifth in the entire NFL in receiving yards.
  • Devin Hester set an NFL record by averaging 17.1 yards per punt return.
  • DeMarcus Ware wound up leading the NFL in sacks (15.5). Did anyone even know that Ware was in contention for a sack title? His three sacks in the final game against Philly’s backups pushed him ahead of Tamba Hali (14.5 sacks).
  • Ed Reed played in only 10 games but still led the NFL with eight interceptions.
  • The interceptions leader list also tells us that two first-round rookie cornerbacks really lived up: New England’s Devin McCourty (seven picks) and Cleveland’s Joe Haden (six).
  • Miami’s Dan Carpenter, a Pro Bowler in ’08, tied Washington’s Graham Gano for the league-lead in missed field goals (11). Both won Special Teams Player of the Week awards at some point during the season, though.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:57 pm

NFL reduces fines for 'Big 3' concussion hits

Posted by Will Brinson

Way back in the middle of October, Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson were all fined a lot of money because of big helmet-to-helmet hits that sparked a national debate about the safety of the NFL.

Those fines, according to Judy Battista of the New York Times, have all been reduced.

Harrison (originally fined $75,000, which nearly "forced" him into retirement) had his fine reduced from $75,000 to $50,000, Meriweather (the headbutt on Todd Heap) had his reduced from $50,000 to $40,000 and Dunta Robinson (who collided with DeSean Jackson) had his reduced from $50,000 to $25,000.

The NFL has since confirmed the reductions.

"We can confirm the outcome of those appeals," the NFL said in a statement. "The appeals officer, Ted Cottrell, reduced Robinson’s fine from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather’s fine from $50,000 to $40,000. Following these decisions, Cottrell took the additional step of reviewing the appeal of James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison was fined $75,000 earlier this season for a similar flagrant hit. Cottrell consulted with Commissioner Goodell about reducing Harrison’s fine to $50,000 and the commissioner fully supported the decision."

Cottrell also said, according to the league's statement, that he reduced the fines because of an increased effort by the players to work within the confines of the rules and adjusting their techniques.

Additionally, those fine amounts just make more sense in the scheme of things, especially when you consider how knee-jerk the reaction from the league was to three big hits within a short time span at the time.

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, and no major incidents with any of the players during the rest of the regular season, a reduction in fines seems like a smart move.

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 11:38 pm

Still no need to worry in Philly

Posted by Andy Benoit

At their best, the Philadelphia Eagles are the most explosive team in the NFC. But we’ve only seen their best for one of the past eight quarters. The Eagles struggled mightily the first three quarters against the Giants last Sunday. If not for the otherworldly theatrics of Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, they wouM. Vick (US Presswire)ld have come into Tuesday night’s game with a record of 9-5.

What’s more, Philly’s struggles continued against the Vikings. Now the Eagles, 10-5, find themselves without a bye and stuck in the NFC’s third seed.

The loss of the bye is bad but not devastating. If Andy Reid so chooses, he can treat next week’s game against the Cowboys as a de facto bye and rest players. The bigger concern than seeding is whether there is now a blueprint for beating the Eagles.

The common theme between the Giants and Vikings was blitzing. Both teams attacked Vick – the Giants with mixed looks from their safeties and the Vikings with blitzes by slot cornerback Antoine Winfield in the first half. One of those blitzes resulted in a sack-fumble and touchdown return. It was Vick’s eighth fumble in the past six games (he would go on to have a ninth scrambling in the second half).

Vick has also thrown six interceptions in that span (and keep in mind there were several dropped picks by Minnesota defenders). Vick had just two combined fumbles and interceptions his first six games; he’s had 15 in his last six games.

So are the Eagles in trouble? Is this the blueprint – to make Vick jittery by blitzing? Perhaps. But keep in mind, blueprints constantly change in the NFL. The Eagles have nearly two weeks to examine their own weaknesses and make the proper adjustments. (One place to start is at right tackle, where Winston Justice, who returned from a knee injury last week, needs to hone is pass-blocking technique and regain his early season form.) Now that their game against Dallas is meaningless, Philly can rest Vick (he was gimpy after taking six sacks and umpteen hits Tuesday night), DeSean Jackson (battling a foot injury, he looked nothing like his usual self) and whoever else needs a break. (Reid said after the Vikings game that the Eagles aren’t good enough to rest players, but that’s likely just coach speak.)
It’s easy to overreact to a primetime upset. But with their speed and explosiveness, a fresh Eagles team is still a team no one will want to face come playoff time.

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Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:39 am

DeSean Jackson's part-time job (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’m a sucker for an athlete willing to make a fool of himself for either a) a laugh or b) to move some of his own merchandise.

That’s why I posted the Danny Woodhead video where he tried to sell his own jersey at a Modell’s sporting goods store.

This time, it’s Eagles WR DeSean Jackson’s turn. Unfortunately, after selling one of his jerseys, he doesn’t partake in some sort of obnoxious celebration.

The only disappointing part of this video is that too many people recognize Jackson in the video, which takes a little bit of the humor away (except for one dude who was talking about the Woodhead video to Jackson but who then didn't actually recognize Jackson). This line, though, was funny, as he talked to somebody off camera: “That punt return looked like a video game. I was in the back on lunch room, and I was like, ‘That’s ridiculous. Why even punt to him?’”

Good stuff.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 2:28 pm

DeSean Jackson delaying TD: strategy or taunt?

Posted by Andy Benoit

There has been some question about whether DeSean Jackson’s decision to run parallel to the goal-line on the game-winning final play in the Giants-Eagles game Sunday was another patented Jackson taunt or a smart ploy to ensure that the clock would run all the way out. The answer, as it turns out, is both.

"I was trying to think about doing something crazy, but I just kind of kept it clean. I just wanted to make sure the clock was ran out and don't give them no time to go back out there and hopefully score on us," Jackson told Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I looked up and there was zero seconds left so I was like, 'let me see what else I have in mind.' But from there I just ran into the end zone, man."

Andy Reid probably would have preferred Jackson to say he was just making sure the clock read zeroes; the head coach has made no bones about his disenchantment with Jackson’s TD celebrations (especially the preemptive TD celebrations). But at the end of the day, Reid can live with it. After all, we’re still talking about a player constantly finding new ways to score. (Insert Roethlisberger/Favre joke here.)

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:42 am

Why Andy Reid didn't challenge the Jackson fumble

Posted by Andy Benoit

A sub-story that emerged from the Eagles-Giants game this past Sunday was the botched challenge – or, in this case, non-challenge – by Andy Reid on the DeSean Jackson fumble early in the fourth quarter. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Reid made no excuses and took full responsibility for the blunder. But it seems like there was a very legitimate excuse at his disposal (as transcribed by Phillly Sports Daily):

“Now as it was all said and done it all worked out for us. But that’s my responsibility to do that. And we weren’t getting the replays, so I’ll look into that part too. But some of those were bang-bang shots that were a little tough to see a guy touch the back of his little hand warmer. So, unless you see a replay it’s tough to figure out.”

The Eagles were the visitors at the New Meadowlands Sunday, so obviously the stadium’s videoboard operator was not going to help them out. But it sounds like assistant coaches up in the booth weren’t getting good looks at the play either. This is unusual because there is generally a television somewhere in the booth with the game’s broadcast on. In this case, there wasn’t. The NFL may have to consider altering the way replays are controlled. As it stands, the home team tends to have an unfair portion of power.

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