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Eagles Fans’ Incredibly Ambivalent Relationship with DeSean Jackson

Sep 16, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Eagles are almost spoiled with two of the most talented and electrifying offensive weapons in the game in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Throw in the speed and cannon of Mike Vick and it makes for the chance of excitement every time the Birds have the ball.

But when they need a big play to get back in a game, the chorus from the armchair QBs at home is always the same: send DeSean deep.

Everybody wants to see that.

He really is remarkable to watch at times. When Djacc turns on the jets it seems like nobody in the game can stick with him. But as yesterday’s game showed, even when DeSean beats a guy deep on a regular basis, getting the ball cleanly from Vick’s hands to No. 10′s is not always as easy as it may look.

DeSean dropped one deep ball that seemingly went right through his hands and found himself out of bounds when he caught another. Both incredibly frustrating to watch.

They later connected for a 61-yard score, which makes up a lot for earlier errors, but never entirely.

Those two screw ups aside though, it was a dumb penalty that really got the anti-Djacc blood flowing. It was on the Birds’ final touchdown of the day that Jackson really cost his team.

If you didn’t get a good look at the boneheaded penalty Jackson was called for on Vick’s touchdown run to put them up 27-23 in the fourth, Ray Diddy gives a good description of it in the below video. Basically, DeSean got into it way away from the ball unnecessarily with a Chargers defender and cost his team 15-yards on the kickoff which basically turned into a net 40-yard swing that lead to the Chargers taking the lead for good.

He’s a polarizing player, that’s for sure. He leads the league in receiving yards after just two games and put up big numbers on Sunday. He found the endzone once for a huge score but as we stated, had his share of mistakes as well.

By all accounts, DeSean is a new player this year, putting the past contract squabble and lackadaisical play behind him. He’s poised for a Pro Bowl type season.

Obviously, the defense earns the bulk of the blame for yesterday’s loss. Djacc made some great plays for the Birds on Sunday and they probably wouldn’t have been in the game without him. Still, if DeSean doesn’t get that flag or maybe makes one of those earlier catches and the game could have very easily gone in his favor.

He shared the below photo on Instagram which points out that no individual stats matter when the Eagles don’t get the ‘W’ … but hey, look at my individual stats anyway.

  1. kappakai - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    fucking djax. it’s going to be a love/hate relationship with him for the rest of his career. dude didn’t even try to stay in bounds on that pass. if he would just learn to STFU, he could be the best asset on this team. but he carries a ton of liabilities. furthermore, i think at this point, he is the team’s most valuable player, there’s no other receiver that can step up the way he does, and if he gets injured, there’s no replacement. for vick, or even mccoy, there is, but for djax, who?

  2. erzug - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    His comment about having a great game was not warranted. Whether he felt that way or not, he should have kept his mouth shut.

    And Vick’s comment about having to score 37 points to win a game – valid or not – certainly won’t ingratiate him with his offensively defensive teammates.

    • sfsu - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      In conclusion, players should say nothing to the media, except for “IF WE LOST THEN WE ALL PLAYED EQUALLY SHITTY BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT 3 VOWELS IN TEAM”

  3. 2sentz - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    What a douchy instagram by a douchy guy. And you know today he’s not remotely thinking about all his boneheaded shit that cost the team, he woke up thinking “I’m the man!”. That’s the worst part. He is by no means the team’s most valuable player, not with the unfocused sideshow shit he’s pulled in the first two games.

    • sfsu - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      If DeSean is an unfocused sideshow then they need more unfocused sideshows

      • willh888 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Not a single player like DeSean Jackson on any championship team in the nation. Milton Bradley types are tough to like, and that definitely doesn’t start with fans.. it spreads all over the locker room. That personal foul was one of the biggest mistakes of the game, so what’s he do? Posts his stats on social media.

      • sfsu - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        I was at the game, and I missed the personal foul. From what I’ve heard, CBS showed no replay either. Even if he cost the team 15 yards, you can deduct that from the 190 he put up.

        The issue is the refs calling a garbage personal foul on DeSean for trash talking, while allowing DeSean himself to get hit late out of bounds with no penalty.

        And, seriously? Not a single player like DeSean? You mean, a showy player who has an image of selfishness?

        Yeah, Deion Sanders, Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Sidney Crosy, Emmitt Smith, Curt Schilling (wait, wait…nevermind, he’s white), and the dude who plays shortstop across the street have NEVER won a championship in their sport. Not once.

      • sfsu - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        I just re-read your comment, and that’s legitimately embarrassing. Comparing DeSean Jackson to Milton Bradley is about as logical as comparing Jayson Werth to Timothy McVeigh.

        Ridiculous. Do about 4 seconds of research on Milton Bradley, and then realize that Jackson is closer to Mother Theresa of Calcutta than he is to Milton fucking Bradley.

        But, they’re both athletes, and they’re both black, I guess.

      • Matt S. - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        DeSean Jackson is a lot of things, Milton Bradley is not one of them.

      • willh888 - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        damn, fell off the deep end again didn’t you. No one disappears like the great DeSean Jackson. If he wants to highlight how good he is.. i’ll outline how invisible he’s been. Last years 2 TD tally is dope, man. 4 TD’s the year before. Post that on twitter.

        Or just grow out of the too-cool stage, extend those inevitable alligator arms and play the game right. You’re right Milton Bradley was a talented, angry ball player with everything to offer but a good attitude. Nothing like DeSean. Sorry cool dudes

  4. Andy Schreiber - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    DeSean seems to be all about DeSean. That is why he is not universally beloved by Eagles fans.

    It’s really a shame that Maclin got injured – he’s our best overall receiver, IMO. Would have made the offense even more potent.

  5. nyphilsphan - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    DeSean is just another in a long long line of ultra talented boneheads to play the Wide Receiver position in football the past 30 years.

    Not sure why this is some special cross to bear for Eagles fans. Just accept it. He is who he is. Whatever negatives he has on the field and off, kid’s been a net positive for this team. He’s won us more games than he’s lost, and he was responsible for what is arguably the single most exciting play (in the regular season) in the NFL. And, just like it should be with DeSean, it started with him muffing a punt, and ended with him showboating his way across the one yard line to give Giants fans nightmares for the rest of their lives.

    • terd ferguson - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Yeah, I’m sure that even though they won the super bowl the very next sesason while the eagles dealt with the dream team disaster that they were still up at night thinking about a punt return TD that allowed the eagles to go on and lose in the first round.

  6. brandonphilly - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Love that Kid. He could do almost anything and I’d still love him. He’s the smallest guy on the damn field! He’s gotta have a boat load of swagger. Kid’s a beast. I’m definitely not happy about that 15 yard penalty… I hope he can learn like Zac Rinaldo did and learn to draw penalties instead of take them.


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