What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

William C. Rhoden of the New York Times takes the Eagles to task for their handling of the DeSean Jackson situation:

But this was a disgraceful way for a franchise to try to cover its back while releasing its best player. The Eagles insulted the intelligence of many fans and relied on the bigotry of others to sell the narrative of a young black player’s suspected gang affiliation to rationalize cutting him.


I suspect that Kelly, like so many delusional football coaches, may truly feel his system is so ethereal, so ingenious, that he can fill it with a gaggle of Riley Coopers and reach the Super Bowl; that he can hand the reins to Nick Foles, who replaced the departed Michael Vick.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wrote an MMQB column sticking up for Jackson, his childhood friend:

This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.

Jason Whitlock of ESPN.com says race did not play a role in Jackson's release:

What the Eagles did to Jackson isn't remotely unprecedented, racist or unfair. Coaches don't like lazy, disrespectful, cancerous massive headaches. Daniel Snyder does. That's why he learned nothing from his Albert Haynesworth experience and Washington was first in line to sign Jackson. Snyder is a billionaire fan with a team. Kelly is a football coach.

Kelly made his name coaching at Oregon and, like most Pac-12 coaches, routinely recruited kids from Los Angeles, kids with "gang ties." This was not his first rodeo with a young player with unscrupulous friends. Every NFL and college football coach on the planet deals with this issue.

Ashley Fox of ESPN.com thinks Chip Kelly made the right move:

There is a thing called addition by subtraction.

That is what the Philadelphia Eagles did Friday. By flat out releasing DeSean Jackson, they added a greater probability that they will have a harmonious, drama-free locker room this season. They added the assurance that Jackson will not create a distraction. That he will not pout or sulk or hold out over a contract that was set to pay him $10.5 million in 2014 and make him the fifth-highest-paid receiver in the National Football League but apparently wasn't good enough for him.

Michael Silver of NFL.com thinks the Jackson signing was a coup for the Redskins:

Kelly surely believes he'll find other playmakers (like the recently acquired Darren Sproles) who'll mitigate the loss of Jackson, and that his fast-paced offense will continue to thrive. Yet, whenever I see a coach so beholden to a system, I worry that a reality check is coming his way.

No system is so brilliant that, in the 21st-century NFL, it renders personnel irrelevant -- or even just semi-relevant. Yes, X's and O's absolutely play a part in a team's success, and there is a lot to be said for coaching philosophy. However, more often than not, games are won and lost by highly specialized athletes displaying maniacal devotion to the task at hand, and there are only so many of these all-in game-changers to go around.

Ross Tucker of the Sporting News says it's clear that Jackson doesn't get it:

That's the problem I have with Jackson as a professional and the concern I'd have if I were a Redskins fan. What is the value in posting those pictures? How can he possibly benefit in any way by doing that?

The answer is you can't, which is why he shouldn't do it. There's no upside, plenty of downside, and there isn't a single employer in the country that I can think of that would like it if their employees were posting pictures of themselves flashing gang signs with known criminals.

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  • Dom Trombone

    Sheil- Where is the disconnect? Kelly harps on talent all the time, the national media says he is disregarding it. Has Kelly ever insinuated that he doesn’t need talent?

    • Johnny Domino

      Figure next up are the “Chung to Pats, Kelly Duped Again” articles.

  • Brian

    Mostly uninformed crap.

  • ODBorBustAllDay

    This has to be the end of it right?

    • jabostick

      Ha, no chance :) He has a one-on-one interview today on ESPN that will “clear up everything” apparently. (My guess is that it wont clear up anything).

  • http://boyga.com/ joolyen

    Since when was DeSean the best player on the team? What about LeSean McCoy or even Jason Peters?

  • greenblood0118

    Tell that idiot Rhoden that Madden stats do not a football team make…

  • Joe Thomas

    These reporters are pathetic. How many articles are they gonna fill with assumptions and opinions, with out facts. DeSean wasnt released solely on a gang related article. I would guess the Minnesota game had more to do with it than the article. Also Kelly has stated many times that his system is predicated on the right players. These reporters are just stealing checks and kissing ass with these reports. Richard Sherman’ s article was a great articulate piece, that was totally devoid of facts, and full of opinions and more assumptions. My guess is they only released him after the article because they figured his trade value was gone.

    • Uncle Wonder

      I think ppl who are claiming the Sherman article was calling the Eagles racist are misguided and missing the point. He was using SATIRE. His point was that it is silly to insinuate and purport that DeSean is a gangster and involved in gang life because of who his friends are, in the same vein as it is silly to say Irsay is involved in drug trafficking because he was caught w drugs on his person, or to say Coop is in the KKK cuz of that vid we all saw. They are all logical leaps but one situation (on the same roster no less) has been blown up in the media a completely diff way. The media at large has been what is making the assumptions…the very article that started this whole thing doesnt even bear that assumption out.

      • Sean

        why even bring up the Cooper situation then? The paragraph wasn’t satirical… At ALL

      • mark hoban

        For something to be satire, it has to be extremely ridiculous so as to make the point. If most people don’t “get it”, it either wasn’t satirical by design or it wasn’t satirical because of the author’s ineffectiveness.

        See: A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift.

        If you don’t want to look it up, its about solving the Irish famine by having them eat their children. That’s satire.

        Nice try, though.

        • Uncle Wonder

          Ok…that is one example of satire. I guess you can only pick things out if they are excessively exaggerated. I see the satire in the fact that the word “ties” is in double quotes. He is referencing it as the de facto word being used in the media while also trying to show that it is ridiculous that no one has mentioned the same things about Irsay given his issues or Coop given his issues…but who in their right mind would? Its nonsense to do so the same way it is nonsense to make the same claims abt DJax.

          • mark hoban

            It’s not that I can’t pick out satire if it’s not a extreme exaggeration. It’s that is not satire if it isn’t.

            Otherwise nobody gets your point making it ineffective. If you tell a joke no one gets, it’s not a joke.

            Satirist need their audience to get it. That’s why they exaggerate.

          • mark hoban

            Also you aren’t supposed to directly state your message in a piece of satire because you are essentially outing on an act.

            If Sherman directly states that the Eagles judgments are misguided and racist, it’s clearly not satire.

            I teach this subject to young adults every year. I think you misunderstood the article.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Im not viewing the article holistically…i am breaking it into segments b/c there are diff groups being addressed…he indeed called the eagles judgment misguided but race and the eagles is only brought up because of Coop’s racially charged incident…you can substitute anything there…say he just punched a fan in the face and nvr used that word…i suspect that is what is muddling the issues…its just one person getting in trouble compared to another person getting in trouble…with the same action not being taken in the end. his comments about racism and the NFL in general were an indictment on the media…no owner, coach, or Goodell was ever mentioned. That is a separate segment of the article and not wht i was addressing…matter of fact just take coop out altogether. His indictment on the Eagles is based on whether or not they got rid of DJax b/c of who his friends are. His indictment on the media is whether or not the members craft their narratives based on the race of the subject. perhaps i shld go brush up on my literary devices…mayb he was pointing to irony…whatever the case he wasnt using racism as a reason in his explanation of the release.

          • mark hoban

            I got ya. Didn’t read the article or of spite. Sherman is a talker. Not my kinda guy

          • mark hoban

            Irony most definitely

          • The Legend

            Good to hear, so who will you be drafting this year for your fantasy football team lol I’m guessing you’re not a full time NFL GM lol

          • reb

            Uncle wonder keeps using that word. I do not think it means what he thinks it means.

      • Joe Thomas

        I aint saying he called them racist. Im saying he calles them out based on something he doesnt know the facts about. The Cooper situation is nothing like the Jackson situation, and shouldnt even be brought up. Jackson is a guy who had character issues from the beginning, its why almost every team passed on him twce. Shermans point are irrelevant though because no one knows what extent the gang issues had to do with anything, or even while exactly they released him.

        • Uncle Wonder

          That much is true…but in the article he says up front he doesnt know the ins and outs of the specific situation; at the same time, the same requirements of validity arent put on the media members who have blown this thing up…at least Sherman is an actual NFL player who has an idea of how locker rooms work and ex-teammates/friends close to the situation. He knows Jax personally and comes from essentially the same area…on the other hand we got random reporters from all over the country just making things up that they hv no knowledge of in the first place.

          i wasnt trynna insinuate you were saying he called them racist, but i think that is the general perception, i was just making a general statement but replied to your post cuz u commented on it.

      • Honest_T

        Sherman’s article was not satire at all. He said if you break the rules in the NFL there is a different standard of treatment based on your race. He also makes a cogent argument that players from low income neighborhoods are profiled as gang members when that is not he case and not appropriate.

        Where he undermines his case is by bringing in Cooper profiling him in the same manner he just criticized, and then intimating that the Eagles signing him was rewarding and condoning racist behavior.

      • yoant702

        Satirical? In what way was he using satire. So when sherman called out crabtree that was a satire on professional wrestlers? It was his macho man impersonation?

    • borntosuffer

      “My guess is they only released him after the article because they figured his trade value was gone.” Bingo.

      • Malcolm Jones

        Which is what the smart man would bet on. Everyone else followed the magicians hands and fell for the illusion of media hype. I mean really, gang affliation….75% of the Nfl probably comes from the hood and has been exposed to that element.

    • ODBorBustAllDay

      The Cooper situation is relevant to the media and public’s (outside of Philly) perception of the Jackson situation because they’re not as tuned in to the litany of issues the team had with Jackson prior to the nj.com story. To those people, the story and the release seem like action and consequence.

      With Cooper we have the benefit of hindsight, to know that it did not tear the team apart. But initially, back in August, there was every reason to doubt if the locker room could survive him remaining on the team.

      The outage over Cooper, no matter how trivial it seems to you, is that in many people’s opinion he should have been cut on the spot for what he said. Making the fact that he went on to have a decent season, and get a new deal irrelevant. We can debate the reasons he wasn’t cut, be it that the FO legitimately wanted to give him another chance, or that they were so desperate having just lost Maclin and Benn they couldn’t afford to cut him. But to a great many people it was a very questionable decision.

      Now you have a kid who gets the hatchet based on his alleged association with known criminals, not his own criminal activity, and people compare the two and draw lines of racial bias. Unaware or consciously omitting the longer history of selfish behavior.

      And for one have a hard time understanding how everyone gets up in arms to defend a guy in Riley Cooper who aside from being a punkass who likes to talk racial shit when he’s drunk, had never posted a season any better than guys we’d kill for putting up the exact same numbers like James Thrash and Todd Pinkston??? Yet you’ll all sit here and kill Jackson because he cursed out a coach and missed some team meetings??? Then he went out and put up 82/1332/9……. We’re talking about practice??????

      • Philly0312

        Haha…love the practice part. Me personally, I just don’t think he was good enough for the money, and glad we can invest it in players like Cox, Boykin, Kendricks, Thornton, Foles next offseason (if the Eagles take their typical path and re-up these guys before they hit the market in 2016)

    • Jay

      I agree, Rhoden and Sherman are just angry black men and have to use their blackness to create issues. If I’m not mistaken, the eagles never said one reason or another as to why? Adding in the whole race thing is pathetic. I’m Puerto Rican, but I’m not blasting every person who has a problem with me, spitting out allegations that they have a problem just because I’m Hispanic. It’s people like that, that give racism the attention and power that it STILL has today. Come on, people.
      I’ll admit I was thrown back by the release. But if he is our only ticket to winning a super bowl, than we got bigger problems than that.
      And as for Cooper?! Yeah he was wrong, but hr stood up, raised his hand and owned up to his disrespectful ways and is doing what he needs to do. To change, to be productive, to put the needs, virtues, and culture of the team before his own. That’s why he’s still an Eagle. Not because he’s white.
      The “gang ties” was never the issue. The media birthed that ignorant and premature steculation of an idea. Players get released all the time, if he was white with gang ties and got released, I’m sure Rhoden or that MEDIOCRE columnist Sherman wouldnt be jumping up in disapproval. And Rhoden is seriously bringing up M. Vick and Foles? Ummmmmm, Vick was given the starting job, until he couldn’t stand anymore. And Foles proved himself worthy, so shut up with this non-sense already.
      See Rhoden, that’s an opinion based post backed with facts you hack. #GREENPOWER!!!!

      • The Legend

        one year doesn’t prove jack My Rican bro dude, hmmmm with a little thought RGIII comes to mind, had a phenomenal year one, what happens the year after, comes back to earth, same with Capernick from SF, so I’d say tap on the brakes there partner, lets see Foles do it again consistently for say um 2-3 straight years before we hail him savoir. Otherwise he’s more of a Bobby Hoying type of dude.

  • Kristopher Cebula

    regarding the Rhoden piece, i’m trying to find any instance of the Eagles selling a narrative that Jackson had gang affiliations. Pretty sure I won’t find it

    • peteike

      everyone keeps touting this and I get it. They never actually made any such references but to be fair we can at least admit their timing and silence were questionable.

  • Leegles

    Someone on here posted Jackson’s numbers in the last three games of the season last year: Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans. He never had more than 60 yards and no TDs. He was shut down. Top WRs making $10 million/year DO NOT get shutdown in big games. Calvin Johnson. Larry Fitzgerald. Terrell Owens. On and on. Those dudes do not get shut down. Jackson was shut down three games straight. That, in very large part, I think, is why he was released. The Eagles can’t really come out and say “he disappeared when it counted, we’re not gonna pay $10 million to a guy who disappears when it counts, so when it leaked that we wanted to trade him and everyone knew we’d release him eventually, the NJ.com article provided cover, so we did the deed.” Anyway, for the love of Brian Dawkins, can we please move on! What’s up with Benn? How’s Shady doing?

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      shady’s been busy playing COD with aj green

    • Sean

      Great post

    • Explorer51

      If you go to pro-football-reference.com, you will see all his stats; and if you go to the game logs for 2013, it will show that he had 10 bad to mediocre games (including the Saints playoff loss); three good games; and four really good games (two of them were in the SD and Minn losses). If you focus on the really good games, 30 of his catches and more than half his total yardage for the season came from those four.

      Fast and talented but pretty inconsistent; it only matters twice a year now.

      • TripSquadMonopoly

        Very interesting. Good to know.

  • Explorer51

    Actually, Jason Whitlock’s column is very good, dismissing the ludicrous notion that the Eagles’ decision was racist. Definitely worth a read…

    • Joe from Easton

      I read it and it was excellent.

  • Adam

    Rhoden’s article is complete and udder garbage, as usual. Does he ever miss a chance to bang the racism drum? I love how he mentions going from Jackson to Cooper (while completely forgetting to mention Maclin or Sproles) and Vick to Foles back to back. Notice both are black to white? Yeah, that must be it. Definitely didn’t have anything to do with Foles and his NFL record breaking season last year. No mention of the money or gun stolen for DeSeans home either. Hmm..

    I’m loving this “the Eagles knew about all this stuff before the signed this extension” so therefore, in their minds, any past or future transgressions are to be ignored because it happened in the past. Not. a. chance. You think if Cooper dropped another N bomb he would still be safe because “the Eagles knew what they were getting”? Uhhhhhh, yeah. No.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Laughed pretty hard reading that snippet, especially the part about chip being a dilusional coach, HAHA

      • Joe from Easton

        hahaha what a joke of a snippet.

      • Joe from Easton

        “The Eagles have not won an N.F.L. championship since 1960. Now they have removed an important piece, opting instead to rely on Foles and on Cooper and on Kelly’s genius.

        Good luck with that.”

        Another excerpt from his piece. Damn dude, just come out and say they’re going with Whitey over the black guys and now they won’t win because of it.

        • Kev_H

          Never mind all the Super bowls they won the last few years with Mike Vick and Jackson.

      • PhillySean

        Same paper that reported “all is well” from Ukraine when Stalin was causing the starvation of millions.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Yes, it is obvious that Kelly, Roseman and Laurie are KKK grand wizards who intend to release every black player on the roster and then sign the cast of Duck Dynasty to long term guaranteed contracts. Then they will replace the Eagle logo with a swastika.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      well, so much for the Kelly Green unis….eggshell white will be pretty awful, but may help in the next Snow Bowl

    • Johnny Domino

      Didn’t Phil have Terry Bradshaw on the bench at La. Tech until he dropped out? Maybe there’s something to it ……….

  • sprawl

    Can we mention the crap Adam Schefter was stirring with his “Fact of the week” where Eagles have a $6 million cap hit for DeSean this year vs Redskins havinlike $4.5 million?

    Yes it’s a fact but it belies the actual nature of cap management and if you look at the reaction people think the Redskins are geniuses and the Eagles suckers.

    The fact is that there is no free lunch with DeSean’s contract in Washington and they’re basically doing the same thing we did when we signed him to the extension.

    His base salary for us in the extension year was only $750k and we loaded the rest of it into the prorated signing bonus which gave us the OPTION of letting it ride out for ~$2million in his remaining contract years or take the whole hit right now when we have the room. We’ll see what happens when those cap dollars catch up with Washkngton…

    • Adam

      I love that all of a sudden a free agent move that the Redskins made is a hallmark one. Because, you know, they’ve done so well with them in the past decade. Is it not strange to anyone else that no other team in the league even attempted to offer DeSean the kind of money the Redskins did? No team wanted to give him multiple years or much guaranteed money EXCEPT the Lolskins. That should be a pretty big red flag to just about anyone out there.

      • Adam G

        According to Florio, Joel Segal got the Redskins to bid against themselves. They truly are a stupid franchise. Nobody else was giving Desean even close to that money.

      • peteike

        I thought the fact that Andy Reid stayed away says everything. I cant believe that didnt get more run. They lost out on Sanders to the Broncos and were not happy about it. Djax is way better than Sanders and similar, yet no interest.

  • anon

    NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says his union will investigate whether the Eagles smeared DeSean Jackson before cutting him.

    “We’ve been in touch with DeSean, and first and foremost he is a tremendous football player and great young man,” Smith said on Mike & Mike.
    “On the issue of how he was released, whether or not there were
    comments or leaks from the team, misinformation to the media coming from
    the team, that’s something that we’re going to look at. We’ve always
    been aggressive about protecting the integrity of our players.”

    • Adam G

      All for show, 0% chance anything comes of it.

    • sprawl

      Yes the team definitely wanted to devalue the guy they were trying to trade.

      What if it comes out that his agent was a source and leaked to help get his contract voided and wearing Redskins colors with a new contract?

      Can’t wait for the DeSean interview… I’m sure he’ll come clean about how his agent’s “big plan” was to work hard for the next years under his current contract to earn himself a big payday but then Chip Kelly had to go and RUIN EVERYTHING by sabotaging his pro bowl WR.

      Nothing to do with the fact that by the time his current contract is up his age might be a limiting factor on any new contract at that point I’m sure.

      • tbwhite

        I’m with you. I bet the real story is that DeSean wanted more guaranteed money, and his agent wanted a new contract for DeSean since he doesn’t get paid from the old contract. They probably approached the Birds who said no way, and then realized they better trade him. Of course, DeSean and his agent wouldn’t want a trade because the old contract would still be in place, so when they got wind of that they leaked the trade story knowing it would stir up a controversy and diminish his trade value. But when the Birds seemed committed to keep DeSean if they couldn’t get fair value, DeSean and his agent needed to double down and out came the gang strories and the NJ.com article. Finally, success, the Birds cut ties, and DeSean is a free agent which is what he wanted all along. Now he has more $16 million more guaranteed than he had a few weeks ago, and his agent is getting paid. Everyone is happy except for Eagles fans. Of course, we’ll have the last laugh watching the Washington franchise implode over the next several years.

        • sprawl

          I hate to be conspiratorial but with Jackson saying his agent had a big plan it seems more likely. Add to that the Howie/Chip responses to inquiries about the trade stuff looked an awful lot like “we’re not gonna get played by Segal” responses.

          Howie saying something about how DeSean is “still under contract” and even his statement about some of the rumors “not coming from anyone inside [NovaCare]” actually seem legit now.

  • miketd1

    Cooper has taken steps to — at the very least — mask/suppress his own personal opinions for the good of the whole. DeSean — despite numerous warnings including a draft-day shake-down — continued to act the fool on the field, on TV, and all over social media. There is your difference along with a few million dollars.

  • Beavis

    These articles crack me up. Why is the release of DJax an all or nothing proposition to the national media? I think it’s easier to bang the racist drum than it is to paint an accurate portrait of this decision being about an accumulation of factors (attitude/work ethic/team chemistry/off-field issues/salary/etc.).

    Shocked that Whitlock (of all people) provided the most lucid portrayl.

  • UKEagle99

    I found this an interesting comment on another site, a take on the Desean release from the ‘enemies side’

    “As a Cowboy fan, I got a bit worried (not relieved) when they cut him. It told me that Chip Kelly is trying to put a team together that is about the team and not about individuals. It reminded me of Jimmy Johnson and how he would cut talented but questionable players until he had a team. Teams win Superbowls.”

    • ochospantalones

      Yeah, I think we all remember how Jimmy Johnson cut Michael Irvin and then the team won three Super Bowls.

    • peteike

      Jay Novacek was on NFL network talking about those cowboy teams. Said that other teams knew what plays they were running, they were just so good at them they couldnt be stopped. Made me think there is a comparison somewhere there between CK and JJ.

    • miketd1

      That’s funny. I caught part of Jimmy Johnson’s documentary where he said he treated all his players differently depending on talent and effort levels. Basically, if you’re Troy Aikman or Michael Irvin, you could get away with stuff say a 3rd stringer could.

      • miketd1

        err… couldn’t.

      • ochospantalones

        Yeah, Jimmy Johnson was actually well known for maintaining a star system. Look at the crap he put up with from Michael Irvin and Charles Haley. Haley is a notorious lunatic, but he won 5 Super Bowls. If you were the 53rd guy on the roster and you were 30 seconds late to a meeting JJ would cut you on the spot, but he wasn’t treating Troy Aikman like that.

    • Malcolm Jones

      Teams do win superbowls….and as a team we will match and exceed Jacksons production by allowing Nick Foles to pass the ball around to sproles, shady, Polk, brown, Mac, Cooper, Benn, Ertz, and whoever else gets a chance in this offense. Teams will know Kelly’s offense, I mean heck I can be tied to a train track and know a train is coming… question is can you stop it? most people dont have 3 corners to handle us with or without desean.

    • Scott J

      There is some truth to that. T.O., Moss and Jackson have never won a Super Bowl. Can’t think of any selfish diva winning a championship.

      • ochospantalones

        Deion Sanders?

        • Scott J

          Sanders was a diva but he was well like by his teammates. He wasn’t a cancer.

          • ochospantalones

            Ha, here is the thing: this stuff is all circular. The ones who don’t win are divas. The one who do win, well, sure they were selfish obnoxious self-promoters (many with criminal histories like Michael Irvin), but they were competitors and their teammates liked them! It’s all post-hoc. Had Deion not won two Super Bowls, I can assure you he would be firmly in the diva/cancer camp.

  • UKEagle99

    Unless I have missed something the Eagles did not release Jackson because of gang ties and have never even mentioned it, something I think William C Rhoden has missed. I think this is all the Eagles have said on the matter…

    After careful consideration during this off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.

    Jackson, 27, was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He recorded 356 catches for 6,117 yards in his six seasons with the team.

  • GreenBleedin

    Pure speculation….. But, did the Eagles have a concern that some of Jackson’s “antics” could be related to betting? It is widely reported that he burns through cash and that was part of why he wanted more guaranteed money.

    • sprawl

      Don’t know about that… the record label stuff just EATS UP money.

      A lot of people try to limit the number of people they have to do business with once they’ve come into money because everyone wants their piece. With his venture he is basically putting out a big sign that says “come to me for money & contracts” and I just don’t think he’s enough of a ball-buster to say no to many people.

      • GreenBleedin

        I wonder if the Minnesota game interception and weak attempt from him was more than just him being frustrated. Perhaps there was a bet to be won if the Eagles didn’t cover. I know that is a stretch with no facts to back it up, but his attempt at that pass was very weak and at a critical time in the game.

  • cliff henny

    Chris Johnson is getting cut. imagine that 1-2 punch. wonder what he’ll cost at 29 and if he’ll take 12-15 touch #2 rb role. sure someone will toss big money at him

    • Adam G

      He’s not getting big money. This RB market is so depressed its crazy. Think he’ll get 5 mil average for 2 years max. Jets really should sign him.

      • cliff henny

        purely Eagles, doubt money would come into play, just have to sell him on #2 role. well, it’s always about money, sure Eagles will price him as top tier #2 back, and someone will throw solid #1 money at him. but, man, if they could sell him on backing up shady, with his 4.2 speed and some of those holes, he would be a-hole and elbows often

    • peteike

      cmon Cliff I expect better out of you. No chance in the world CK even comes close to touching that guy, he just released DJ for locker room stuff. This guys quits caring as much as Haynesworth. Oh but his rap song takes the cake

      • cliff henny

        don’t care about any of that stuff. half is BS and other half is cured by winning. all comes down to right price. think it’s close to 0% chance, but a lot more fun to think and discuss than click baiting national writers tossing out NFL racist theories on a league that 70% black. it’s just crazy talk. bleedinggreennation had article asking ‘is chip Kelly racist’, as serious…mean, com’on.

        • peteike

          ya its just ridiculous at this point, talk about a reach. I just dont know if CJ still has it in the tank. Im sure he’ll show some flashes but ya someone will pay him. Still too much potential there

          • cliff henny

            really cant blame him for chasing the #1 rb offer he’ll get. but he’s poster child for if a guy could take a step back, get mind right, take #2 rb money in a proper system, he could extend his career 2 or 3 yrs and Philly would love him. he’d be our nutjob and we’d eat every ounce up.
            .
            he’ll go to NY, be run into the ground after 10games, struggle next yr and be bounced out of league by ’16,seen it a million times

          • peteike

            or Broncos grab him, uh oh. Im not sure how they could pull it off after all their other pickups but they lost Moreno. They may just roll with Ball and other younger guys though. Probably right, I could see Jets grabbing him, they have plenty of cap space.

        • peteike

          I should call it DRC syndrome, once a player quits caring I dont want them anywhere near the Eagles. I get sometimes a change of scene cures that, but Id prefer they avoid those players.

          • cliff henny

            cant argue with that. sure you’ve seen my stance on Brown and his fumbling.

          • peteike

            ya and Polk was get the #2 carries end of season. Im really hoping they can move Graham, Brown, Cole and try to get picks. Guessing if they can move Brown they’ll pu a late round flyer or UDFA to be the #3 guy. Do they still have a practice squad RB?

          • cliff henny

            tucker is only guy who comes to mind. love Isiash Crowell ex Georgia back, got tossed out for gun charges, again, doesn’t bother me, sure it does guys writing 500k checks. my guess is BB will get another yr, hope he stops tripping over the yardage lines

          • peteike

            thats the guy, Tucker. I dont know much about these late rounders but as draft gets closer Ill read and see more. Saw some Div 2 WR on tv thats small and speedy, Indiana St or something. Could be a late round udfa guy for ST etc.

  • mrparabolic

    “maniacal devotion to the task at hand?” I thought Mike Silver was supposed to be writing about DeSean Jackson.

    • Jamie

      Agreed Mr. Para, but,……..
      You missed the “all-in” part. The only thing “all-in” about MeSean, is the self adoration.

  • peteike

    Got this gem on fbook this morning

  • southy

    Is it me or is Richard Sherman becoming the male version of Jemele Hill?

  • Kelz

    Dang, I decided to read this article, because I was hoping we were over DJax, but to no avail the subject is still a live. SHEIL, what’s up with the draft? Have you guys learned about any savory information? I hear a lot of talk about moving up for Evans, but I’m not so convinced unless it comes from you guys. PHILLY’s go 2 guys for Eagles action!

  • Chris Jones

    I was angry about his release at first but the more I’ve thought about it the more I realize we are better off now. Jackson was never going to be a good teammate, he was only going to want more and more money because of this belief in his head that he deserves it despite being a locker room cancer. We will find a better replacement and it will pay off for us philly fans do not worry.

    • Scott J

      The only problem I have with this is they should have a replacement already. They let Dawkins sign with the Broncos and had nobody to replace him. Now they release Jackson with nobody to replace him. It would make more sense if they had a talented young receiver on the bench waiting for his chance to start.

  • GMaddox

    Better get used to this story playing out over at least the next season. Whatever your current perspective may be, Sheil (or was it Tim) had a post earlier this week correctly saying that how this affair was viewed will depend on how things play out on the field. The investigation into the Eagles’ role in the NJ.com story will add another dimension to it. For myself, I am interested in the effect this development will have had on mid-atlantic GDP. I expect a significant productivity hit in light of the literally thousands pf postings on this and other boards. We’ll have to wait for economic data on that angle.

  • Kburns00

    Keep these names in mind when the season gets underway. Best player is by far Shady. And I’m looking forward to seeing more involvement with the TEs and Maclins comeback party

  • Scott J

    When EXACTLY is the appropriate time to trade or release a player you don’t want on your team anymore, knowing an article will be coming out soon showing the player in a bad light? It’s a situation you can’t win.

    • Richard Colton

      You’re asking two separate questions. 2nd question – best time to release a player you know won’t be playing for you anymore? After you’ve concluded you won’t be able to trade him. I guess that was minutes after the nj.com story broke.

      I agree that the Eagles were put in a bad situation, but if they had handled the situation better, we would have got something. Now they just look foolish. No compensation AND the national narrative has begun to portray Jackson as the victim.

      • Will

        How could they get anything for him? Saddled with a 10.5 million contract who ever traded for him would have to pay and the Birds wanted a 3rd RD pick?

        • Richard Colton

          I don’t know that “saddled” is the word I would use, talking about a pro bowl WR entering the prime of his career. Not willing to exonerate the FO on this, should have been something.

          • Will

            The reason DC got him cause they do not have any 1st rd picks…used them on RG3…Market value 3 years 24 million 16 million of it guaranteed. I think that is still high true market value 5-7 million a year. Teams had interest just not at the price..plus you are trying to get a 3rd rd pic…not gonna happen the Eagles tried for a year to make it happen…

          • ochospantalones

            There is no reason to think DeSean’s deal with Washington represents his true market value, if such a thing even exists. All contracts have to be evaluated in context. DeSean’s new deal was signed over two weeks into free agency, after most teams had used up their free agent budget, and was signed mere days after reports came out painting him as a criminal. In that context, I would say he did pretty well- he got the best wide receiver contract of the off-season. Had they cut DeSean before free agency began, he almost certainly would have gotten more money than he got from Washington. The Jets had already signed Eric Decker to a big money deal; had DeSean been available at that time who knows what they would have offered him? Probably not a $10.5 million base salary, but probably more than the $8 million DeSean is getting now.

          • Will

            Your the English teacher…I’m the kid in school who made your red pen run out of ink grading my essay…

          • Andy124

            you’re (but I’m bettinghoping that was on purpose) :)

          • Will

            No…but thanks…lol…more red ink…lol…

          • Richard Colton

            History. You’re guess is as gooder as mine.

          • Uncle Wonder

            It shoulda been…but the issue is equal parts salary and timing. Its one thing to give up a draft pick and also one thing to part w a pick…no one wanted to do both…this WR-deep draft is what made it harder. Consider Mike Wallace got 12mm/yr last season w like 30 guaranteed, but there wasnt much talent in the draft. Now this yr Decker got not much more than half that. Had we traded him last season we wlda prolly gotten a 1st even with his issues.

  • Will

    By April 21st to release….DeSean wanted guaranteed money the Eagles were not gonna pay 10.5 million for him. The fact DeSean got cut allowed him to seek a new contract with Guaranteed money which he got 16 million. The Eagles tried to trade him for a year. No team was willing to pay 10.5 this year for him and surrender a 3rd pick. So DeSean got cut and went into the Market and got exactly what he wanted guaranteed money…

  • Scott J

    Last I heard, Jackson was cut, then signed with another team for a boatload of money. What’s the freeken problem? They make it sound like the Eagles kicked him to the curb and now he’s homeless.

    • Malcolm Jones

      story wont die and ESPN is putting Jackson on a petal stool tonight at 6pm in an interview. In similar News D. Smith and the NFLPA is investigating….silly NFL, why would a team kill they’re own trade value.

      • Michael Myers

        petal stool….i fn love it

  • botto

    the reason this story wont die is because the eagles wont say they cut him because he’s a pain in the ass, bad teamate, locker room loser that we dont need on the team for 10 mil. and isnt as worth it as peopel think.
    the fact that they couldnt trade is all anyone needs to know really.
    he’s not that great, he’s fast, so that means we have to deal with him because he’s fast?
    i dont think so. beat it djax.
    we didnt make a rival better we just inserted a cancer into a rivals locker room.

  • peteike
    • Uncle Wonder

      He needs to tread softly…the new management has shown not to be quite as forgiving as the last. I know he tried to soften it w sarcasm but I think its clear its not an innocuous joke.

      • peteike

        it is strange though that they even send that check, wtf

        • Maggie

          An administrative screwup in the accountant’s office is now about to become a major headline in all the “media” because it’s all Chip Kelly’s fault. Or Roseman’s.

      • Will

        Mathis got 5.5 million this year and signed a 5 year deal with a 1 million bonus last year…no bonus the other 4…The Man signed and knew he would get a bonus just once. Re-signed for 5 years, $25,500,000 as a free agent during the 2012 off-season. The deal included a 5M signing bonus and a 1M roster bonus in 2013. Mathis got the bonus $ upfront…

  • Honest_T

    Can we put the f’ing brakes on the racism stuff!?! We are a nation and a city with race relations problems, but Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles have no place in that discussion. In fact they do more to break down those barriers and bring a diverse community together than most. We need to call thing out as racist when they are, but we get nowhere by attaching that label to behavior to which it does not apply.

    I love how the media creates the “gang ties” story, and then call the Eagles racist for not playing their stupid game. I seem to recall a bunch of stories going into the Owners meeting that said the Eagles may release DJax if they couldn’t get something for him, why is everyone so “shocked” when it happens?

    I would also like to add a big STFU to Mike Florio, who tried to one up Sherman’s accusation of racism by likening the Eagles to slave owners who treated Desean “like a piece of property and not a human.” The Eagles treated him like an overpaid employee, and had the decency to cut him and let him seek his preferred employer at his preferred price.

    They could have held him until the eve of the season and dumped him without owing him a paycheck, or waited until after the draft, when rosters and salary caps are filled out, which also would have minimized his chance of success with a new team and perhaps his future income. No, the Eagles cut him when they determined they would not get much value in return. The Eagles have done more to respect the dignity of a player to whose “rights” they control (rights that individual freely exchanged for large sums of money when he signed his contract) than probably any team in the league. In fact the main gripe about he whole thing among the fans is that “we got nothing of value in return” for giving DJax the freedom to choose his future. Ask Chris Johnson if he would like the management in Tennessee to be as disrespectful to him and I bet you’ll get a resounding YES, PLEASE!

    • anon

      No that would be the better way to go. Like mark Sanchez a good option is just to fail a player at the physical and cut them. No reputational damage. As sheil noted eagles knew about story days before and cut him 30 minutes after it came out. The story was baseless, eagles had a chance to say something like they did for Vick and mac but didn’t. All the while the media is going crazy over gang ties and like it or not I’m sure the story chilled djaxs market. Djax was a member of the team for 6 years he sold a lot of jerseys and put a lot of buts in the seats – he wasn’t a perfect player but don’t think he deserved that.

      They could have simply said the nj.com story had nothing to the cut; we thank djax for his time with the team. People would have been skeptical but it would have been over bc the sstatement isn’t provable one way or another.

      Players association has to investigate bc this sets a terrible precedent.

      • Brazilnut

        The Eagles released him when the article came out because it destroyed his trade value. The Eagles don’t have to explain why they released him, and they won’t because then people like you would complain about them “badmouthing” Desean. Furthermore, the Eagles have no obligation to try and save his reputation when he has caused them so many problems.

        • anon

          “So many problems”? Eagles were conspicuous in their timing and the fact that they haven’t said anything.

          But whatever well agree to disagree. I don’t want to talk about him anymore he’s gone. If eagles didn’t think this would be a pr issue they should get a new pr team. Players association has to at least appear like they are looking at it. For the record I don’t care that he was released, I don’t think it was gang related though it really looked like it when he was cut but perception is reality.

          • Brazilnut

            You seem to be implying that DJax wasn’t a well-documented problem causer. But that surely can’t be the case.

      • Honest_T

        It’s not the same at all. Mac & Vick had expiring contracts, they were Free Agents when the league year began. You are blaming the Eagles for media sensationalism and failing to understand that if the Eagles say anything they are either 1) libel or 2) lose credibility.

        The Eagles still controlled DJax, and there was no bonus trigger forcing action, and let become a free agent and choose his future. What is there to investigate? LAPD talked to a reporter about phone calls to the Eagles that were not returned? It’s the media that is at fault, not the Eagles.

      • Andy124

        He ended up with a fair contract with lots of guaranteed money on a team he wants to play for. I don’t think anybody has to apologize for anything, other than the race baiters trying to ruin the interwebz. (not referring to you).

    • Will

      No the Eagles would of had to let DeSean go by April 21st, McNair filed a grievance when he was held and not able to seek a contract years ago and it set a precedent. But you are right they cut him which is the only way he gets a new contract and more guaranteed money which is exactly what DeSean wanted…

      • Adam G

        Yeah, if they didn’t want to take the risk of him being injured they would’ve had to let him go by April 21st.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    I love how people like William C. Rhoden wait for something like this to come about just so they can play the race card. I’ve got news for him. If Coop didn’t get caught on tape, it’s a non issue for you to conjure up your BS. DeSean would still be gone. So shut the f#ck up!!

    • ochospantalones

      Uh, it would only be a non-issue because none of his African-American teammates would know about it. If they were there to hear Cooper threaten an African-American security guard while using a racial slur, I am pretty sure that would have been an issue.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        My point is that Cooper getting caught on tape has nothing to do with DeSean. If it didn’t happen at all, it would not have affected the outcome. There is no need to play the race card & project the Eagles as racial bigots because DeSean was released & Cooper wasn’t. Last I checked Peters is still here despite his F&F run in and so is Shady despite his baby momma drama. But the fact that Coop did get caught doing that makes the Eagles bigots, because they let DeSean walk is absurd.

      • Maggie

        Considering how many of his teammates use the same word constantly, they might not have even noticed, until the “media” blew it up. And you wouldn’t know about it either.

        • ochospantalones

          His white teammates use racial slurs while threatening African-Americans constantly? You know this how?

          And why is “media” in scare quotes? You think the so-called media may not actually be media?

  • ochospantalones

    If you actually go read Sherman’s essay, it’s quite thoughtful. Not really sure how anyone can be mad about it. I think some of the confusion is that he is talking specifically about the alleged “gang ties” and other stuff from the NJ dot com report, not about practice habits, attitude in the locker room, etc. I think people around here have built a rough consensus that they cut DeSean because of his history with the team and secondarily for money/cap reasons, not because of off the field stuff. But the Eagles haven’t actually said that and I think among the general public the perception is that they cut him because he’s in a gang. That perception is inevitable when you cut your second best offensive player 40 minutes after a report about his alleged gang ties drops and then you refuse to explain it.

    • Brazilnut

      The problem is that he knows nothing about why they actually released him and yet is using it as another excuse to get spotlight by playing the race card.

      • anon

        Nothing happens in a vacuum. Eagles fo is smart they understand that.

      • ochospantalones

        Until they actually provide a justification I don’t see why Richard Sherman or anyone else should be required to assume they have a good one. They have brought this on themselves by cutting DeSean immediately after that report and then saying nothing about their reasoning.

        • Philonious

          They are a private company and by all means can cut a player and release whatever statement they want. If you and Richard Sherman are going to make assumptions, then that’s really your problem, isn’t it? Chip Kelly gets to make the decision. And he did. No one is paying you to make an assumption or paying CK to explain himself to you and Richard Sherman.

          • ochospantalones

            I struggle to understand what this has to do with anything. I think this means no one should ever opine about anything they don’t have a direct ownership or managerial interest in. I don’t know you, but I am comfortable saying this is not a rule you strictly adhere to. It seems to me you should be opposed to the entire existence of Birds 24/7, so why are you even reading this?

        • Maggie

          Right .A professional sports franchise, planning 4 or 5 years ahead, cut a player within 40 minutes of a negative media story. Also, that same professional company, a privately owned business, is under no obligation to explain anything to you. Take 5 minutes, take a deep breath, and go look at how many other times a seemingly good player has been cut because their team either can’t stand them anymore or can’t use them anymore.

          • ochospantalones

            Uh, they have known about the gang allegations for years. It says so right there in the report on the gang allegations. I don’t think there is any doubt they planned to cut him when it became public. You think it was a coincidence? They intentionally cut him then to diminish the backlash you would generally expect when a team cuts one of its best players and then pockets the savings. If people want to judge them harshly for doing so, what’s it to you?

  • Joe Thomas
    • Adam G

      Think this pic says it all?

      • Andy124

        Not without context. I mean, there’re a lot more Eagles not in that group photo than there are in it.

        • Adam G

          IDK, to me it looks like a lot of the offense posing for a pic while desean poses for his own.

          • Joe Thomas

            That pic does back up the story tho

        • Richard Colton

          It’s photoshopped.

          In the original DeSean is throwing up gang signs.

        • Maggie

          There must be something wrong with it. After all, according to Rhoden, the Eagles hate black men, yet I see a mixture of faces posing in the background.

    • Andy124

      Those quotes in that article sound soooo much like Mr. Kelce.

    • Uncle Wonder

      What this says to me more than anything is that the Eagles dont have enough veteran leadership on the roster…if DJax was really screaming on the head coach in front the team, can you imagine Dawk, McNabb, Runyan, Trot, etc just standin by the wayside? Trent Cole lavished praise on DJax after the season and he is like the oldest guy on the team!

      • Andy124

        You mean like during the TO fiasco?

        Besides, the article doesn’t say that no other players ever tried to straighten him out. Doesn’t matter how good of a leader you are, some guys just won’t follow.

        Also note that this is another anonymously sourced article. While I find it pretty convincing, I think we still have to keep some doubt in reserve for those kinds of things.

        • Uncle Wonder

          That is true…but we at least heard there were players intervening in the situation, from Dawk and Trot mediating to Hugh gettin in a physical fight w TO…and DJax isnt comparable to TO anyway, TO has a whole diff set of issues that are on another level, he wanted to be the spectacle of every situation. McNabb said himself that Jax had issues from before but the vets kept him in check. We only knew of Avant and Vick trynna keep the kid in line and DJax praised them for that very fact. Now theyre both gone which lessens the top heaviness even further. Its bout to be Lord of the Flies out here.

          • Andy124

            Possible, but I’m more optimistic. I think clearing out the old leadership makes room for younger guys, namely Foles and Maclin, to fill that void and have much stronger voices.

            Besides, who’s left that’s a trouble maker?

          • Uncle Wonder

            This isnt Pleasantsville…there is always one or a few…Djax may hv been the biggest on the team but just as you say Foles and Maclin will assume leadership roles, you can be sure players will come in and fill the PITA role

          • Andy124

            Really? Assuming DJ was as big a douchenozzle as the cbs article claims, I don’t think it’s likely at all that someone else approaches that level of assmuch any time soon. Especially when they see that you can put up 1,300 yards and still get cut if you act that way.

    • Joe from Easton

      Great article.

    • Javi Echie

      I just posted this not realizing to already mentioned it. This article sheds a lot of light on the situation.

    • cliff henny

      new jax was difficult, but man. over/under till he causes issues in Washington, put it at June 2nd.

      • Joe from Easton

        He’s going to love it down there. He’s paid for two years and he has a QB just like Vick. One read (DJax) and launch it as far as he can. Other than that the rest of the plays will be him running off coverage while the other 10 guys work.

      • Richard Colton

        I’m sure he’ll have no problems with his new first year head coach and 28 year old offensive coordinator. I predict smooth sailing.

        • cliff henny

          let’s not forget his 1read qb. d-jax running windsprints 45 yards downfield waving his arms about whilerg3 gets swallowed up.

          • Joe from Easton

            haha my sentiments exactly.

          • cliff henny

            we’ve all seen this movie, it’s vick/jax ’10-’12. you’ll see amazing highlight reel plays, but consistent repetitive winning plays will be lacking and the espn spin machine will be on overdrive. if they can get steady play from another source while massaging jax ego, might have a shot. with that line and young staff, i seriously doubt it. ticking timebomb comes to mind

          • Joe from Easton

            I have not doubt they’ll make some amazing plays together, but like you said; so did DJax and Vick over the years and ultimately what to the Birds have to show for it? A big fat goose egg.

            I’ll take distributor and a handful of solid contributors over a highlight reel after seeing the ladder over the last few years offer nothing in the way of tangible returns.

          • peteike

            I think Garcon will be a good compliment to him though and can make the tough catches, and 3rd down move the chain plays. If they can get that run gm back into shape they could actually be decent. I know, crazy talk I hope. I think they will actually be okay for possibly a season but I dont expect it to last after that. Maybe half a season before the wheels fall off. Ill be interested to see how they handle some diversity like a 3 gm losing streak.

          • Will

            They will be fine till they run into that Philly D…

      • Adam G

        Why do I get this feeling he either underperforms his contract and Washington has 0 ability to cut him because his contract is fully guaranteed in year 2, or he outperforms and demands a new contract?

        • Javi Echie

          We share the exact same thoughts

        • Joe from Easton

          I’d be fine with either or as long as his outperforming is done during the 14 games he doesn’t play against the Eagles.

        • cliff henny

          but don’t worry, ESPN will be shoving the occasional RG3 to Jax highlite play down our throat over and over.

          • NickS1

            30 yard pass that DJ takes out of bounds.

          • cliff henny

            hope they enjoy 8m #1 wr disappearing in redzone, too. like jax, but you better be ready for what he is, and if he was this bad in locker room, can see why they moved on.

          • NickS1

            Exactly. I feel like I’m watching a train wreck before it happens.

          • Will

            Like an airplane running out of fuel over the ocean doomed…

          • cliff henny

            thing is, if anything, by Washington handing him 16m guaranteed, they’ve condoned his behavior. it’s all lip service this ‘i’m humbled’ bs by jax. he’s looking it at as, ‘they better get me the ball so i can get paid again in ’16′.

          • Joe Thomas

            Funny thing is Deangelo hall said Jackson is a perfect fit in the Washington locker room. That explains alot.

      • Maggie

        Sorry. Five minutes after he signed. Stated that “a decision has not been made about who will wear #10.”!! His star quarterback had to tweet that he is definitely NOT changing his number.

  • GEAGLE

    Yawn

  • Tom w

    Whit locks article on espn is by far the best I have read on the entire subject and the people need to read. Makes the most sense beyond djax and his agent wanting guaranteed money through a new deal

  • John J. King

    So the NYT sports writers are as brain dead as its political & editorial staff. Not a surprise.

    • Andy124

      That was one of the worst things I’ve read. And I’ve read Ashley Fox.

  • Cmeans66

    Is William C Roden an idiot? DeSean is by far not their best player. I’d take McCoy and Foles and Boykin and Maclin over Jackson any day. Maclin mainly because he’s not a douche.

    • Maggie

      Nope. You can’t take McCoy or Boykin or Maclin. They are, after all, the same color as Jackson.

  • Javi Echie

    Things are starting to come to light on the whole djax situation. CBS Philly is reporting that Desean blatantly cursed out Chip on numerous occasion in front of teammates, was very insubordinate, and was not liked by many of teammates. Yea you don’t disrespect the coach in front of the team like that.

  • TNA

    “Best” is a subjective term.
    That said, here’s my ranking of the “best” on the Eagles:
    1A. Chip Kelly
    1B. Offense
    2. Huls
    3. Donnie Long(and accurate)ball
    4. Defense
    5. Henery
    6. Caseymatthews

    Point being – it’s a team sport in which success (wins) rely heavily on interdependent players/coaches all pulling in the same direction in a coordinated fashion.

    • Andy124

      Can tell you’re trolling by number 6.

      Should obviously be number 1.

      • Richard Colton

        what the hell is going on?

        • Andy124

          Casey Matthews appreciation day.

          • Richard Colton

            Im only up voting because I can’t down vote. The idea makes me sick.

        • cliff henny

    • UKEagle99

      Thanks for reminding me Casey Matthews is still on the team, you just ruined my weekend.

      • TNA

        Well, at least Patrick Chung didn’t make for a #7!
        ….weekend happiness back to regular programming?

    • Will

      #5 should be kicked out of town pun intended…

    • Michael Myers

      very funny, upvote

  • John E. Zang

    Love Michael Silvers response like he somehow knows better than Chip Kelly because he reports on the sport. The audacity of some of these idiots. I don’t blame Chip at all for treating the media like a bunch of babies. It’s quite funny actually. I don’t think Chip will be calling Silver for personnel decisions anytime soon.

    • Maggie

      Rhoden is the worst. Get so tired of the race crap. Yes there are problems. EVERYBODY has problems. Get ON with your life.

    • pjcostello

      Silver’s a hack who knows everything, better than everyone.

  • eaglesfanqc

    Report: Titans ask Kamerion Wimbley to take pay cut
    If Titans cut Wimbley do you all think the Eagles have to take a shot on him?
    We have the $$$, the guy is a decent pass-ruher in a 3-4 (42.5 sacks in 6 years) and he can also drop in coverage. I think he can be a decent rusher for us. Thought people?
    Source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000339393/article/report-titans-ask-kamerion-wimbley-to-take-pay-cut

    • Will

      400 snaps, 30 yrs old, 9 sacks = Trent Cole…That’s why Shaun Phillips is there…

      • eaglesfanqc

        I don’t agree.. I still think Cole is a good 4-3 DE but an average LB in a 3-4.. He just can’t cover

        • Will

          rather draft his replacement this year and put the rookie in behind Cole for next year…

          • eaglesfanqc

            Your opininon.. I rather have Wimbley and Barwin at starters with Cole and/or Graham on the second string and use a 3 or a 4 on a rookie OLB who can take a year to learn the system before fans start to label it BUST!( ex: Brandon Graham)

        • Adam G

          PFF begs to differ. He graded out as one of the better 3-4 OLBs. Not that I agree, just saying….

  • Will

    Round 1 Pick 9 (BUF): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (A)
    Round 2 Pick 24 (S.F.): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 13 (S.F.): Craig Loston, SS, LSU (C+)
    Round 3 Pick 30 (S.F.): Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (A)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Blake Treadwell, OG, Michigan State (F)

    • cliff henny

      Will, you can trade ’15, ’16 and ’17s first round picks(assuming you did at least ’15s) and draft punters and kicker rest of draft, get Evans in first round, i’ll toss you an upvote

      • Will

        traded 2014 & 2015 1st’s to get Evans…traded back for 3 picks with SF with our 2nd…

  • peteike
  • Will

    Bottom Line Eagles fans DeSean is gone…we will be a better team in the end…

    • Maggie

      One of my favourite tunes from then. Still have the album. Also liked the parody, “Another One Rides The Bus”, lol.

  • Will
  • Bird of Prey

    Talk about half truths and supposition, Rhoden’s article smacks of it. First, pontificating on the Eagles comment on Jackson’s gang relations, when? If anything they took the high road (and legal road) by saying nothing. To say or leak something would be denigrating to him. Second what does Cooper have to do with any of this? Third,Vick who was cut from the team, did not say anything.to the like about Jackson other than he could learn from this and move on.
    If this wasn’t the organization that took on Mike Vick in the face of all of the opposition that was against him, and give second chances to a myriad of players including Jackson(2011, need I say more?) I think Mr. Rhoden’s article is garbage.

  • Mr. Magee

    I can’t believe the NYT and Richard Sherman are playing the race card…. It’s so unlike them