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Jackson hit piece lacking in specifics

Apr 5, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

Jackson-podium

We’ve been waiting for it and on Friday we got it—a gloves-off bashing of DeSean Jackson emanating from the so-called City of Brotherly Love.

A CBS Philly post quotes a number of “sources close to and around” the Eagles in a takedown of Jackson in painting a picture of him as an all-round bad guy and disruptive figure.

“You see little kids and how they cry and whine when they don’t get their way, that was D-Jax,” one source is quoted as saying. “I don’t think [Jackson] gave [head coach Chip Kelly] the respect he deserved. Kelly tried to reach [Jackson] plenty of times and [Jackson] tuned him out.”

Feel free to go read it but it’s several hundred words of more of the same.

It should be familiar to those who follow the Redskins as it bears a strong resemblance to some of the reports that were circulating about Robert Griffin III towards the end of last year. It paints a one-sided picture of a bad person and a bad teammate. And it does so with a noticeable lack of specific incidents, dates, and, other than Kelly, the people Jackson supposedly interacted with. The sources are just emptying the garbage out of the can and dumping it on the leftover Eagles No. 10 jerseys.

At least with the Griffin reports there were reasons for the sources to stay anonymous since Griffin was still with the team. Why do the sources for the post about Jackson need to stay anonymous? He’s gone, signed with a division rival. Why not put your name to what you say?

The article states that some of the sources are players. But who are the others? There are a lot of people “around” an NFL team—coaches, equipment managers, scouts, ad sales reps. Some of them would have firsthand knowledge of how Jackson acted while others would rely on gossip and hearsay. By choosing to be vague about who his sources are the writer makes it very difficult to determine their credibility.

If you have any doubt that the purpose here is to try to rehab Kelly’s image after his controversial decision, look no further than this one quote from the writer of the article: “Kelly received some culpability in the opinion of some. But numerous sources confirmed that [Kelly] should have been canonized St. Chip after putting up with the instigating Jackson in 2013.”

Nowhere in the article is Kelly’s “culpability” detailed in any way. That wasn’t on the agenda here. The agenda was to trash Jackson and put Kelly on a pedestal.

Look, there is plenty of evidence that Jackson is very high maintenance as an employee and perhaps not the ideal teammate in every respect. We didn’t need this article to know that.

But if we got a vaguely sourced story that focuses exclusively on the negative with no examination of the other side of the story about, say, Mister Rogers, we could end up concluding that the only difference between him and Hannibal Lecter is the cardigan sweater.

To some this article will serve as an exposé, a picture of the real DeSean Jackson. Others will look at it like the Eagles organization justifying a decision that could well come back to bite them badly.

  1. timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    sounds like all the same kind of stories that came out about Shannahan and RG3 ALL LIES

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Sour grapes are sour.
    ~

  3. Jason T - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Let’s just say if D Jack would have just embarrassed the eagles organization by saying racial comments (that received national attention) they would have given him a new contract hint hint! (Referring to Riley Cooper whom his teammates clearly said they viewed him differently after the fact!! & he’d still be an eagle!! But if chip can’t deal with men in a locker room he shouldn’t be coaching!! & to slander his name & image to save face is childish!!! HTTR there going to pay for this one.

  4. jk2me1310 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    As Jay Mohr would say (through Herm Edwards), put your name on it. It’s pretty easy to throw rocks when no one knows where they’re coming from.

    • koolrepetoire - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Thank you. Bush league nonsense. This is why that franchise has no Lombardi trophies.

  5. jross617 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Fugg the Eagles

  6. barrymoyer - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    This guy PLAYS. We’ve had more than our share who didn’t or couldn’t. If he isn’t sincere about turning over a new leaf, we’ll know soon enough, and if you want choir boys, go to church! We’ll still be thrilled when he does his thing, which will probably be often. Give the guy a chance and take him at his word. Can we end up much worse than 3-13?

  7. lpddawg - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Even if everthing that was written was true….Everone deserves a second chance…

  8. vusnu - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Keep your heads in the sand at your own risk. There’s a reason why he couldn’t be traded and there’s a reason why he was cut. Jackson’s a great player, but likely not a great teammate.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      The post says exactly that–not a great teammate. That doesn’t make a poorly sourced article with very vague allegations–how about naming the game where he was just fine after catching 3 TDs in a loss?–right.

      • alextwrs - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        All I remember from last yr was the eagles making big plays and celebrating w a smiling chip k, where was the strife desean caused then, it’s all bs, man up and admit U didn’t want to pay em philly, seriously it’s all money in this league. Period

    • cowboyhater - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Why would a team initiate a trade for a player that all GM’s around the league knew was going to get cut…..plus don’t you find the timing of his release a little interesting. I think Philly was waiting till teams (Specifically NFC East teams) had spent most of their money during FA so they couldn’t afford to sign him.

      • samhuff96 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Cap. They didn’t want to pay him $10 million, and he didn’t buy into the scheme. OK, he bought into here.

        And yes, they did wait trying to leave him in the lurch. We see how well that worked. With Jackson and Sproles they could have been awesome.

  9. Jimmy - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    There is no team in the league that Jackson doesn’t instantly make better. Including the eagles. Thus, the eagles made themselves worse by cutting him. No argument that he’s going to require some work, but his contract makes him very cut-able should this year turn sour with him and the eagles are still under a 6.5 million cap hit for him. This signing was both a no-brainier for the skins and a MASSIVE miscalculation on Kelly’s part.

  10. snyper94z28 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    That type of reporting is the norm here in dc as well. Remember tbe “sourcerer”? Always reporting sources said this or that….his wild imagination was the source. If if your lost whom im talking about, it was jason la confora…if I spelled his name wrong oh well.

  11. rg3skinsgetsome - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    The eagles will draft brandin cooks in first round and will have a cheaper version of desean jackson.. i also think they draft deanthony Thomas in the 3rd 4th Rd. .those two draft picks would be scary for any defense, fast and versatile. I’m hoping I’m wrong but I truly believe that is who they get.

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