Eagles Wake-Up Call: B-Dawk’s Take

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Brian Dawkins
was not shocked by the DeSean Jackson news. To him, the situation is pretty straightforward.

“This is not something that all of a sudden had the gang affiliation thing tied to it and that was the thing the Eagles looked at to say, ‘You know what? This is the thing we’re allowing him to walk for.’ No, it was all the other things that have happened over the time that he’s been here and the things he has not corrected in his character, some of the things that he does within the building with coaches and the like they were concerned about,” said Dawkins during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. 

“And when you have a new coach coming in, he doesn’t have to pull punches or be as patient as Andy Reid was as someone invested in him. When you have a guy come in who is trying to build a system the way that he wants it to be run, he’s going to bring in people that are going to follow it to the letter of everything he wants to have happen. He’s not going to be as patient. So this is not something that surprised me as far as them letting him go.”




The former safety conceded that this is a move that can absolutely backfire on Chip Kelly. And he let his distaste be known for "anonymous sources" that disparage a player in the name of a public relations gain, if that is in fact what happened here. But he didn't let Jackson off the hook, either.

"We're hung up on this gang affiliation thing. It's not just that. It's being a professional. It's being able to be counted on with your team, do what you're supposed to do. Not skate around the corner, cut corners, not doing some of the things that he’s allegedly been doing while in Philadelphia,” said Dawkins.

“There’s things that the Philadelphia Eagles obviously know that we don’t because I just don’t see how the owner of a football team, Jeff Lurie, would okay letting his best receiver go, the guy that probably sells the most jerseys for your team from a business standpoint, and not have the information that we don’t know about that says, ‘You know what, it might be in our interests to let this guy go because he’s not learned the lessons he needs to have learned.’”

Michael Vick suggested an event like this can help trigger  necessary change in a player. Dawkins is hopeful that is the case.

"In a lot of guys' lives, sometimes you have to go through things in order for that light bulb to click, for them to understand the things that I need to change so that I can be a better person, a better player, a better teammate, a better husband...it goes down the line in life. Sometimes it takes for a guy to get released," he said.

"I just hope that in his excitement to go to another team that he didn't forget to check the mirror and look at himself and look at the things that he needs to change before he heads into the next chapter of his football life."

For the full interview, click here.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Jackson addressed the media for the first time since signing his new deal.

Some thoughts on what Jackson going to Washington means for the receiver and his former team.

Jackson gets a three-year deal with $16 million guaranteed.

Sheil looks at Mark Sanchez and the battle for the backup spot. 

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Seattle corner Richard Sherman, a childhood friend of Jackson, says there is a difference between "gang ties" and being loyal to those in your community.

And if they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?

Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.

NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.

John Gonzalez believes the Jackson-Daniel Snyder marriage will be a disaster.

Yes, Jackson is coming off a season in which he had a career-best 1,332 receiving yards, tied a personal best with nine touchdowns and made his third Pro Bowl. And, yes, the Eagles will face him twice a year in what’s sure to be must-watch, drama-filed matchups. But, come on, he went to Washington. That has to assuage any fears from the woe-is-the-put-upon-fan/the-Eagles-will-rue-the-day crowd. Shy of signing with the Oakland Raiders or the Saskatchewan Roughriders (that’s a real team! Sort of!), it’s hard to imagine an organization that could render Jackson more inert than Washington.

Between Jackson’s bloated contract and his off-field concerns, it wasn’t surprising that the Eagles moved on. It also wasn’t surprising that Jackson’s first and last free-agent stop -- the lack of any real market for him was telling -- was Washington, where he immediately fell in with some Redskins players. And Wale. It’s the perfect union. And it’s almost certainly doomed.

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  • UKEagle99

    Seriously bored of this now, I was so hoping for an “Eagles cut Casey Matthews” article… maybe tomorrow will be my lucky day.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Soon enough, my friend across the pond. Although this is another Mesean focussed article, at least it has a BDawk slant right? I still gotta read it… Just read, I think its a great piece, lets put any desean focus aside and focus on the quality of the article, great piece getting the opinion of a very well-respected former player and someone who has a much better idea of NFL organizational behaviour than any of us ever dream to have… Plus what Dawk says kinda confirms what we’ve all had in mind..

      • morgan c

        BDawk nailed it, as usual, unsurprisingly.

    • Septhinox

      Cutting Casey Matthews before fall roster cuts would be stupid so don’t expect to read that anytime soon.

      • UKEagle99

        I know… key word was “hoping”.

        • G_WallyHunter

          What does sherman know anyways? I respect what he’s doing but he’s got no idea what kind of info the eagles have, did he sit down with desean and get his side of the story? He’s making conclusions based on his past but he doesn’t have all the information in this particular case

          • Johnny Domino

            Richard Sherman knows that you read his name today.

          • anon

            He an djax grew up together

          • G_WallyHunter

            Regardless of that he doesn’t have the eagles information, doesnt matter if they grew up, all he knows is deseans side

          • CJ

            I know all the friends I had when I was ten haven’t changed a bit in 20 years either….

          • guest

            He played little league baseball with DeSean. DeSean was a very nice boy as an 8 year old.

            Thats what Sherman knows. Which is why he sounds so stupid

          • Will

            LMAO..good one guest….LMAO…

          • G_WallyHunter

            Precisely

      • Richard Colton

        cutting caseymatthews will be a great day in this franchise’s history.

        • Will

          Alex Henry should hold the door and follow him out…

          • myeaglescantwin

            the ONLY person i wanted this offseason wasn’t BYRD, wasn’t Revis, wasn’t sproles,,, by Samko Gano K of Carolina..

            henry is a chump.

        • Dominik

          Amen, my brother. Although it should be safe that he isn’t coming back. Braman should fill his role (emergency back-up for Barwin, ST leader).

          • LookinAtMyGucci

            Chip loves him some ST players. We may have both on the 53man roster.

          • Richard Colton

            wish I could still down-vote you Nick

          • LookinAtMyGucci

            This will suffice. I now know that I was downvoted. How does your wine glass feel about this, though?

          • RIP illa

            Speaking of your wine glass…Saw him on T-Law’s site commenting. Looks like he’s stepping out of your shadow!

          • Dominik

            Can we have Coleman back as well?

          • LookinAtMyGucci

            He and Colt have to fight to the death to decide who comes back at safety number 6.

          • Richard Colton

            Don’t sleep on Van Noy, Christian Jones, Telvin Smith – lots of good hybrid, athletic linebackers should be available in the draft.

        • LookinAtMyGucci

          But what will you do with your jersey?

          • Richard Colton

            letter writing campaign to trade up and draft Jake Matthews

          • LookinAtMyGucci

            Better hope he gets the same number

  • cliff henny

    Marcellus Wiley’s take was good, eye-opening for sure. talking about OGs and crip walks getting hit-up for money. had to youtube crip walk dance, some crazy cool moves (not sure, but D-Jax lions snow TD looked like he took move from it-swiping down at snow, maybe not, but man, it’s within range). Mike and Mike are replaying and probably destroying it like they do everything, but the original with Dan Lebatard of all people was pretty good.

    • Adam G

      Cliff that was the Terio dance. It’s a fat kid who is internet famous for a stupid dance. Apparently Desean is boys with him.

      • cliff henny

        lol, well to 42 yr old Lancaster county white boy, who’s now looking at the crap jax does/did thru different lenses, it was in ballpark. 7 months ago, jax could have been signing gang symbols at LOS like a deaf man for all I cared.

    • Dominik

      Since I saw you here, Cliff, could you, the Salary Cap guru on this board, please explain to me (us) why the Eagles had such Cap problems next year (before cutting DJax)? Is it Shadys contract that peaks?

      I know, cut Cole, re-do Ryans etc., but it stroke me that Roseman would ever have Cap problems.

      • LookinAtMyGucci

        Wasn’t that it was problems. Just a lot of maneuvering (more than usual). Much of which was relieved when Jackson was cut.

      • cliff henny

        wasn’t ever a problem-dallas has cap problems, labeled it as a concern, knew something was going to happen. with cap going up 10+m every year for next 5 yrs, 20m isn’t 20m anymore. there’s moves on top of moves that can be made next year, but before Jax eagles were over projected cap of 140m (and was just saying there was no way even with rollover eagles were going to have ’15 cap like that in ’14), Howie wouldn’t of had his usual uber-flexibility. now, he can structure contracts for ’12 class for who and however he wants, batting average the bejesus out of free agency and extend/cut/restructure cole, herremanns, graham, c-will, ryans, celek casey. I thought they’d give jax the same contract ‘skins gave him and cast off some of those names year early. like it or not, eagles arent going to allow cap situation to make decisions for them, even if it’s a rather obvious move today like cutting Cole next yr.

      • anon

        All those exploding contracts are exploding next year, shady and cole make 11, Peters and Williams make 8. 9 other plays make between 4-6mm.

  • http://themoranimal.wordpress.com WilmingtonDan

    I respect what Sherman is saying with his comments and it’s true to an extent. Several athletes throughout the years have had “ties” to gang members because of where they grew up. That doesn’t automatically make them guilty by association.

    However, Sherman’s comments and the comments of many other analysts, current and former players, and regular guys like the people who read this blog are operating under the assumption that these alleged “gang affiliations” are the main reason the Eagles let Jackson go. That may not be the case at all. I recognize the fact that the Eagles are opening themselves to speculation by not speaking on the matter but it’s bit of a catch 22 for the team. If they say nothing, the fans are angry and speculation runs rampant. If they come out and say something, then they open themselves open to being called unprofessional or worse for bashing a former employee. I am definitely operating under the assumption that there had to be something else that made them cut Jackson but the public will probably never know the whole story.

    I’m ready to move on from this one but it is a bit troubling that Philadelphia is seemingly incapable of dealing with a bit of a problem employee. TO, Desean, and others might have been wrong with some of their actions but a strong management team figures out how to work with difficult employees in order to reach the ultimate goal: winning a Superbowl. Something to keep an eye on

    • Richard Colton

      no one is moving on!!!! Jackson 24/7!!!! All Jackson, All the Time. ESPN is milking this story like CNN is milking that missing plane.

      Now that I think about it…do we have conclusive evidence the Malaysian Air pilot didn’t have gang affiliations?

      • http://themoranimal.wordpress.com WilmingtonDan

        Haha! The plane was shot down by Bloods.

        I’m sure someone posted this yesterday, but this article is spectacular!

        http://www.sportspickle.com/2014/04/crips-release-desean-jackson-concern-affiliation-washington-redskins-organization

        • EagleDuck

          Not sure a ‘haha’ is appropriate given the subject matter.

      • Andy124

        Did somebody say Jackson? Who’s that?

      • Maggie

        Who knows? The word “thug” comes from “thugee” doesn’t it? Asian, although I am unclear if it was Asian in general or just China.

        • Warhound

          It’s from India. The term Thuggee is derived from Hindi word ठग, or ṭhag, which means “thief”. The Thugs would join travelers and gain their confidence. This would allow them to then surprise and strangle their victims by pulling a handkerchief or noose tight around their necks. They would then rob their victims of valuables and bury their bodies.

    • Brazilnut

      I understand what you mean by working with a problem employee, but a certain point it becomes more worthwhile to just cut your losses and move on. Thats what they did for years, put up with Jackson and try to push forward, but now Chip feels he isnt worth the trouble he brings. Obviously the Eagles are fully capable of working with difficult employees given how long they put up with him.

  • Will

    Dawk is one of my all time favorite players and he spoke some wisdom…I hope the light bulb clicks for DeSean…I kinda figure it was everything combined over a period of time that got him cut…

    Well now back to the Birds 36 days till the draft, who do you like? Who do the Eagles draft first? Offense or Defense? Who are the Eagles interested in on LSU there Pro day is coming up? Well fans there’s a lot to speculate about till May 8th…

    • oreofestar

      Landry will not be drafted by the Eagles no matter how far he falls but Lofton, ODB, Barrow are some guys to look at, also who they draft first is easy it will be an offensive or defensive player

      • cliff henny

        wait, why no Landry?

        • oreofestar

          I did not know about this but there was this thing about how Landry wanted to go to Oregon and they refused to recruit him even thought they were on a dry spell for wr recruits they simply did not want to recruit him despite being a top wr recruit who wanted to go to Oregon I think that needs to be looked into at least a little

          • cliff henny

            damn. love this guy. one of the Oregon ducks fan said same type thing about seastrunk out of Baylor.

          • oreofestar

            Yeah obviously there was something they did not like about Landry not sure maybe CHip just does not think he fits or maybe the situation has changed I just do not think Landry is the guy that they will be looking at next week

          • cliff henny

            could be dumb as a box of rocks. issue to projecting LSU guys, that’s a school where if you can play, they’ll get you in. goes back to us lay-people not knowing the personality traits of 99% of kids coming out. know Kelly/Howie are putting huge emphasis on interviews, character etc, such a great unknown unless it’s an in-you-face red flag like Boise St kid with 350 suspensions.

    • Eagles1018

      I want a Safety. But it won’t happen early. It will be some guy that was the best rated safety prospect in high school circa 2010.

      I think (hope) to avoid the early round WR pick they should look at Donte Moncrief. Or Cody Latimer. Like both of them a whole lot.

      • Maggie

        OLB. Pass rush more urgent.

  • GEAGLE

    Hahahah y’all milking the crap out of this to new absurd levels…now Bdawks take lol… Ok….

    Hard not to lose respect right now…what a joke. No offense, but you are using comments from a skip Bayless show smh

    • G_WallyHunter

      Yo Johnny G would u quit it, after everything we’ve been GIVEN for free from these guys they don’t deserve it, think about where your life would be without wake-up calls the past few years? Did you?
      Ya now you see what I’m saying..

    • Brandon Boykin, LOL

      This is a free website. Sheil and Tim do great, unmatchable work. This is not a subscription. They owe you nothing. If you don’t like reading articles about DeSean Jackson, then don’t. Someone, like yourself, who obviously eats, breathes, and sh*ts eagles football should not bite, or lose respect for, the hand that feeds you.

      Go do research on who the eagles are taking in the seventh round or whatever it is you do.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Very well said, all there is to it, owed nothing, don’t bite the hand the feeds you prime rib roast every morning :)

  • Will

    Well Geagle we got into the DT’s yesterday let’s look at OG today with the birds having two starters on the wrong side of 30 and only Barbe in the wings…If the birds get one who do you like and why?

    • cliff henny

      never worry about guards, these guys can always be found/created. mathis was in trashheap before philly, now he complaining about 5m/yr. Dallas took one out of retirement and after 1 week of practice played pretty well. never argue an OT being taken, though.

      • Will

        Gotcha was just trying to steer the conversation …lol…

        • GEAGLE

          Not adding comments to this crap…tweet me when someone does some actual work

          • Will

            I don’t twitter I come here for the latest and greatest…

          • UKEagle99

            Hit me up @UKEagle99

        • cliff henny

          just my take on guards. never liked drafting them, and after the fireman f-up, have even soured more

          • Will

            yeah not a big fan of drafting 27 year old hockey player/fireman from a small school who just started playing OG either myself …lol..

          • Maggie

            Baylor. Small school?

          • Richard Colton

            You know how I feel Cliff – Su’a Filo and Zach Martin are two guys who would look great as Eagles. Don’t think we’ll get either one though.

            And yes – we got Mathis off the scrap heap and found a diamond in the rough. Doesn’t mean its easy to do that.

          • Will

            I think Herremans will be replaced first not so sure how many more years we get out of him…

          • cliff henny

            it’s just one of those things…admit, i’m Token Dutched in on, like Brown fumbling. draft athletic tackles, switch them to guards, or just find scrap heap pile guys for 3 yrs, these guys exist, mathis and barbre looks decent in limited action. maybe Kelly feels he needs better athletes, so needs younger, i’m just looking at draft pick resources. cant get to point where guard should be even considered early in this draft, many more pressing needs.

          • Richard Colton

            I’m still stuck in the Buddy Ryan era when we couldn’t find a guard period, so…fair.

            Here’s what I know. The Eagles consistently say they scout/pick players, not positions. I think they’ll have a high number of WRs/DEs/OLBs at the top of their board – because that’s where the strength of this draft is. Have to figure that a least a few of the players near the top play other positions. So while the fan in me wants an immediate solution to our most pressing problems, the realist knows that the Eagles approach is different.

          • Will

            Does anyone know if Watkins ever started for the Fins?

          • Richard Colton

            he did not. even with their offensive line imploding, he couldn’t crack the lineup. epic bust.

          • Will

            That’s what I was wondering after the implosion thanks Dick…

        • oreofestar

          Then talk about something else like Desean :P

          • Will

            DeSean Deadskin is done for me…could see talking about where he went, how much he got, but when he landed in DC and even considered wanting the #10 Jersey. I knew the Eagles did the right thing…How inconsiderate of other’s can you be…the #1 selling Jersey..Like screw all the Fan’s I want #10 and give RG# #3 like all skins fans want to buy new RG3 Jersey what a selfish SOB who is cluless good riddence to MeSean ….I would love it if he sported double Zero’s …00….

          • oreofestar

            I am not sure exactly how serious about the jersey he was but yeah I am waiting fr Wally to do a jersey burning ceremony

          • G_WallyHunter

            U diggin the pit?
            I dono Johnny Domino got me on this nameplate idea, lock the #10 away until someone worth getting wears it, then get a custom nameplate to match…

          • oreofestar

            But burning is fun :)

          • Maggie

            He was serious enough for RGIII himself to tweet that he is NOTgiving up his number!

  • Eagles1018
    • oreofestar

      tweet him the link :P

      • Eagles1018

        Done!

    • peteike

      ugh, videos that dont let you hit pause, the absolute worst

  • Uncle Wonder

    “And as Dawk speaketh, so shall it be…”

    –The Book of Wonder 20:1

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    I dig what Sherman says here. but its the Eagles decision to be made. and they made it. regardless of the gang stuff. eagles only statement releases was a 2 sentence statement saying after offseason consideration they have decided to release Desean Jackson. that was their only statement on Desean.

    • ztom6

      by not speaking on the “gang stuff” they are doing a major disservice to DeSean. If that’s not the reason they let him go then they were just using it as cover, which is just cowardly.

      • Maggie

        For crying out loud! the Eagles have said NOTHING about ANYONE except “Goodbye and thank you for your service” to Avant. the only other statements from the Eagles have been about signings. The Eagles did not publish “gang stuff” so why should they deny it? Grow up! In 5 years people will barely remember his name.

  • Engwrite

    First we were tortured with rumors, then we were smacked with the news of the release and his signing with Washington and now we are being tortured again. It has been all bad. Here is a glimmer of hope, from the people who get statistics right:
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/what-to-expect-from-desean-jackson-in-washington/

  • Token

    make it stop

    • Richard Colton

      Can’t stop. Won’t Stop.

  • oreofestar

    Sherman race card has so much stupidity I mean they just bring up Cooper and use the race card, they gave Vick a $100mil deal 2 years removed from being released from prison, Peters got arrested twice since becoming an Eagles and was just made the teams highest paid player right above Shady and we know what he has done, but it is so much easier to bring up the COOP situation and say they are racist

    • guest

      Dont forget Shady’s unpunished bus incident as well

      • oreofestar

        I said we know what Shady’s done

    • peteike

      his problem is blaming the Eagles organization and making it a direct connection to the gangs. Eagles have never said any such thing and they didnt write that article. I guess to be fair, they knew about it and their timing is questionable and silence for that matter but thats about as far as you can take it. He makes some solid points though in his story in terms of upbringing and relationships. If he left it at that and didnt try to point fingers then it would have made more sense. More as a testament to all the fans who may be buying all that stuff more than others.

  • guest

    Hey Sherm…

    The difference is that after Cooper made his horrible horrible mistake, his teammates – black guys in leadership roles…Avant…Vick – stood up for him and defended him. When DeSean got cut, you heard NOTHING from Eagles players criticizing the move.

    Also, if the Eagles were racists. If the Eagles only punished black players…. then why is Shady still on the team? He poured beer on a girl and left her on the side of the highway. He wasn’t punished by the team at all.

    • Maggie

      Actually, anybody accusing the Eagles of being racist simply does not know the history of this team.

    • Bert’s Bells

      They’re just more misogynist than racist.

  • jabostick

    How dare John Gonzales disparage the great name and tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughriders (not to be confused with the now defunct Ottawa Rough Riders) and their legions of watermelon-headed fans. That sort of tomfoolery is why Sheil CRUSHED you in the Philly Sports Media bracket

    • Maggie

      I’ll agree, although I lived in Edmonton during the superior Warren Moon years. And Gizmo. And Highpockets. Aah, such memories. Pity about the prairie winters, though.

      • UKEagle99

        Warren Moon, hehe…. House of Pain…

        “They brought the house, we brought the pain” – Jerome Brown

        • Warhound

          Could be my favorite game ever!

  • tbwhite

    Why DeSean is gone isn’t complicated, look at the numbers. Foles started 10 games, DeSean caught 46 balls for 744 yards those games, that’s on pace for a 1,200 yard season. Not bad. But, almost half of those yards(46% or 345 out of 744) game from 2 games, Minnesota and Oakland. Do those games mean anything going forward. No. Oakland was a bad team playing an historically bad game, and the Eagles probably won’t often fall behind by 20 points and end up throwing 48 passes vs 8 carries for McCoy.

    So, let’s remove those games. In fairness, let’s also remove the first Dallas game, where I believe Foles was probably concussed early on and played terribly. That leaves us with 7 games in which DeSean caught 28 balls for 378 yards. Over a full season that would be 64 catches for 864 yards. In what universe is that worth $10 million ? The fact is that DeSean put up his big numbers with Vick as QB, and in 2 non-competitive games. In games with Foles as QB where he could have made a difference, he didn’t.

    That said, going to Washington is probably a good move for DeSean, RGIII’s ability to extend plays will probably provide a big boost to his stats. Of course since it’s Washington the season will still be a train wreck, but if he’s healthy I bet DJax puts up good numbers. However, based on what he did last years with Foles as QB, there was no reason to keep him at his salary, and Maclin should be good for his 4 catches and 50 yards per game.

    • Maggie

      Nice breakdown. Stats put into perspective. Could you send this to NFL Network, along with the decline in kick returns?

  • Weapon Y

    I do think it was stupid to cut DJax, but I think Sherman is assuming way too many things. I’d love to see us have Lane Johnson or Jason Peters plant him in the ground.

  • Kuney

    Dawkins said something else on espn. He said he thinks we’ll see more focus on the tight ends. Between that and James Casey resigning it’s very telling. Kelly’s ideal offense is very amoeba like. He wants the same 11 on the field for a drive as long as possible to keep the tempo up and exploit the defensive matchups. As we saw in New England tight ends can do this very well because they can help block in the run game. We waited for it last year but I think Kelly knew he needed his stars and offense to shine first. By the time this O is really humming hopefully we’ll have a rescue we with te size to block and speed to get deep

  • laeagle

    1. As many have said, including Weapon X, this has nothing to do with the gang stuff. It’s all about his behavior with the team, not away from it. So if the only race related issues have to do with the gang stuff, then your argument is shot down.

    2. If someone discovered photos of Brent Celek hanging out with a buddy of his from home who was a prominent figure in the Aryan Brotherhood, would the same rules apply as far as tying people to figures from their past? Would Celek get the same benefit of the doubt from Sherman?

    3. As G Mosher pointed out, if the Eagles are keeping and resigning black players who have actually been arrested, not simply caught on YouTube saying crappy things, does that support the argument that different rules apply if you’re white?

    I can see how certain aspects of this whole thing might raise questions about race. And I can see how Sherman would want to stick up for someone he knows. But if you look at it for more than 5 minutes, those questions get answered. If you continue to suggest that somehow the Eagles are operating as essentially a racist organization, you’re simply making a fool of yourself. The glove doesn’t fit, so you must acquit.

  • myeaglescantwin

    i can’t wait for the SeaHawk’s matchup. Richard Sherman, as smart as he is, doesn’t really understand the situation here. It’s not as if we cut a choir boy. DeSean is the exact same player that he was when he came out of call, but with more money.

    Sherman is trying to make this a black and white clear cut issue pointing to Jackson’s affiliations only. The eagles fan base knows this is not the case.
    Personally, once i saw him take an entire season off in protest of a contract i was done with DeSean.
    I just wish the Eagles had made that the statement instead of this leak about his previously known associates.

    **Riley Cooper, down the sideline TD jump ball over Sherman**

    • Maggie

      Personally I was done when, 5 minutes after he signed in Washington, he tried to take the star Quarterback’s number off his back. Said, “No decision has been made”! My own sons were more mature than that at 17, never mind 27.

      • myeaglescantwin

        you waited too long honey bunny

  • Kev_H

    To me, blowing off the exit interview is a fireable offense right there. I assume those aren’t scheduled for pleasantries and good byes. The staff puts a lot of thought on what they want each player to take away from the just completed season and what their expectations are for the off-season and going forward. Any professional who blows off an evaluation and review with supervisors is going to be let go, it’s as simple as that. If he just wants to show up on Sundays and play ball, he can do that outside of the NFL, but if he wants to be a PROFESSIONAL football player, he has to at least show up for something as important as an exit interview. I think they tried coaching around him for years and the results speak for themselves. Kelly was 100% right to move on, they obviously tried to trade him and there were obviously no takers.

  • John J. King

    Dawk is right. The light went on for both Vick & Carter after they got run over by the bus they jumped in front of. It is refreshing to here clarity and I wish there was a place for #42 in the Chip scheme.

  • b_stel

    Check out this link on FiveThirtyEight blog on the likelihood of DeSean Jackson exceeding last year’s performance: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/what-to-expect-from-desean-jackson-in-washington/