Monday, March 31, 2014

Analysis: Eagles fire and malign Desean Jackson

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles unceremoniously severed all ties with all-pro WR Desean Jackson -- one of the most explosive players in the game.

As an Eagle homer -- my fandom dates back to Harold Carmichael, Wilbert Montgomery and Bill Bergey -- I have been torn by this announcement.

Yes, I recognized that D-Jax had diva tendencies (like most modern day receivers) that cried out "look at me."

But this guy could really jet in a game changing way. This lil dude (5' 10" 170 lbs.) could straight up ball. Who could forget his dynamic walk-off punt return against rival NY Giants dubbed: Miracle at the New Meadowlands?

Again, agreed: Desean could perform unnecessary showboating antics -- sometimes costing the team points and field postion. Antics that make the mature fan want to slap him upside the head.

Yet, in still, as a flight risk, D-Jax opened up the field and was a defensive coordinator's nightmare.

On the other hand, I understand how the new coach, Chip Kelly, with a offense that doesn't require a diva WR, wants to create a highly professional locker-room culture. Jackson, with his bling-bling flash, other-side-of the tracks hommies, rap record label and authority rebellious swagger, was perceived to be the football antithesis of Kelly's vision.

Injury to insult

So, yes, Desean Jackson's dismissal was a hard pill to swallow. However, instead of just cutting D-Jax and stating the organization was moving in another direction and he was no longer a good fit: The Philadelphia Eagle hierarchy decided to slander Jackson as they slammed shut the door.

Through info most likely leaked, reported: DeSean Jackson's gang connections troubling to Eagles.

The article, failing to concretely substantiate the scurrilous charges, is a potential income costing hack piece. The "gang connection troubled ties" reported were akin to Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart.

As a result of these allegations, in the post-Aaron Hernandez NFL era, many teams will pass on Jackson, thereby, lowering his market value.

It's a coaches prerogative to cut Jackson, no doubt, but to character assassinate the man as he leaves the team is straight up (as Desean states) reckless and irresponsible.

Boo-boo to the boo-boo birds.

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