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Posted 4 Apr 2014
QuoteSources: Jackson was a problem for Kelly, Eagles in locker room
4/4/2014 3:48:37 PM
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A number of sources close to and around the Eagles, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles revealed was that DeSean Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games, Joseph Santoliquito of CBS Philadelphia reports.
Several other sources also suggested that Jeremy Maclin may have had an issue if Jackson returned to the Eagles in 2014. He wasn’t alone, if that’s true.
“The fact is, [Jackson] was a ‘me-guy’ with an attitude problem and [Maclin] is the complete opposite, a team guy, a great character guy you go to war with,” said one source. “Funny how [Jackson] has this anti-bully thing and he thought he could push [Kelly] around; he found out otherwise. His being cut had nothing to do with the gang stuff. The team knew it. Everyone knew he had ‘ties.’ Those were his guys. That’s okay. What put him out was his selfishness. He can try and spin it all he wants how he’s ‘a team player.’ He’s not. I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released, more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’ He had no real connection with anyone.
“Yes, you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss—everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him. [Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it—did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one.”
“You see little kids and how they cry and whine when they don’t get their way, that was D-Jax,” another source said. “I don’t think [Jackson] gave [Kelly] the respect he deserved. Kelly tried to reach [Jackson] plenty of times and [Jackson] tuned him out. Then you look at team functions, when everyone is out together at charity things or social stuff. He was the one missing. It was like he was in ‘D-Jax world’ and we just happened to be there.
“With Reid, [Jackson] tried pushing boundaries there, too, but he looked at Reid, I think, much differently than he looked at [Kelly]. Reid came in with an NFL pedigree. He was the guy that drafted [Jackson]. He was the one that called him on draft day and laid the law down right then: [Reid] wouldn’t tolerate any outside interference from anyone. Now you get this college guy [Kelly] and he’s not going to tell [Jackson] what to do. [Kelly] has a vision for this team—and he is a very old-school coach in a lot of ways. But there’s only so much [a coach] can take.”
In 2012, under Reid, Eagles’ management did reward Jackson a new five-year deal worth $48 million. He did have some minor flare ups with the law. In 2009, Jackson was pulled over by police for having illegally tinted windows and it was discovered he had marijuana in the car.
Still, Jackson stayed.
“That was all [Reid’s] doing,” opined someone close to the situation that asked that his name not be used. “[Reid] thought he could control [Jackson]. He could, to a degree. Kelly put up with [Jackson] behind closed doors. A lot of guys didn’t like how he talked to [Kelly]. And a lot of guys just didn’t like him. They thought he was too into his rap label than he was about winning games. The guy performed, there’s no questioning that. But you had to keep a constant eye on him. Guys put in extra time. He didn’t. It’s like he never grew up.”
Asked why the Eagles have been reluctant to go public with how difficult Jackson was to deal with, sources said Kelly likes to keep in-house dirt in-house.
“That’s [Kelly’s] way,” said one source. “It pisses me off that [Kelly] comes off looking like the bad guy here. It wasn’t just [Kelly] that wanted him gone. [Kelly] got a lot of feedback from guys that felt we were better off without [Jackson], too. [Kelly] is very much a player’s coach. His office is open to anyone. Now [Jackson] is the Redskins’ problem. We have something good going here and it’s going to get better without [Jackson]. He had to go.”
If this is true, one coach that could turn him around would be rex. Rex is the type of coach that can get players to run through wallas for him. He has that bill parcells-ish quality.
Posted 2 Apr 2014So with all the top Wrs gone. Whats left for us?
Quote1. DeSean Jackson (signed with redskins)
2. Eric Decker (Signed five-year, $36.25M deal with NYJ)
3. Jeremy Maclin (Re-signed one-year, $5.5M deal with PHI)
4. Hakeem Nicks (Signed one-year, $3.975M deal with IND)
5. Julian Edelman (Re-signed four-year, $17M deal with NE)
6. Golden Tate (Signed five-year, $31M deal with DET)
7. Anquan Boldin (Re-signed two-year, $12M deal with SF)
8. Steve Smith (Signed three-year, $11M deal with BAL)
9. Santonio Holmes
10. James Jones (Signed three-year, $11.3M deal with OAK)
11. Andre Roberts (Signed four-year, $16M deal with WAS)
12. Emmanuel Sanders (Signed three-year, $15M deal with DEN)
13. Riley Cooper (Re-signed five-year, $25M deal with PHI)
14. Sidney Rice
15. Jacoby Jones (Re-signed four-year, $12M deal with BAL)
16. Dexter McCluster (Signed three-year, $9M deal with TEN)
17. Brandon LaFell (Signed three-year, $11M deal with NE)
18. Kenny Britt
19. Miles Austin
20. Damian Williams
21. Jerricho Cotchery (Signed five-year, $8.015M deal with CAR)
22. Ted Ginn (Signed three-year, $9.75M deal with ARZ)
23. Danario Alexander
24. Lance Moore (Signed two-year deal with PIT)
25. Jerome Simpson (Re-signed one-year deal with MIN)
26. Jacoby Ford
27. Robert Meachem
28. Earl Bennett
29. Austin Collie
30. Jason Avant
31. Joe Morgan (Re-signed one-year deal with NO)
32. Andre Caldwell (Re-signed two-year, $3.45M deal with DEN)
33. Santana Moss (Re-signed one-year deal with WAS)
34. Marc Mariani (Re-signed one-year deal with TEN)
35. Josh Morgan
36. Nate Burleson
37. Mario Manningham (Signed one-year deal with NYG)
38. Darrius Heyward-Bey
39. Domenik Hixon (Signed one-year deal with CHI)
40. Tiquan Underwood (Signed two-year, $2.5M deal with CAR)
41. Devin Hester (Signed three-year deal with ATL)
42. Lavelle Hawkins
43. Dezmon Briscoe
44. Kevin Ogletree (Re-signed one-year, $795K deal with DET)
45. Louis Murphy (Signed one-year deal with TB)
46. Davone Bess
47. Josh Cribbs
So based off that list, here are our options
1) bring back holmes - he knows the offense, shouldn't be too expensive and would probably sign a 1 year deal at this point.
2) sidney rice - has talent, but hasn't produced for a few years. also has injury concerns
3) kenny britt - IMO not a good fit. Not that talented and a ton of headaches.
4) miles austin - same as rice
5) Denario alexander - had a great year for SD then got injured last year. could be a decent grab.
Posted 25 Mar 2014New York Jets: C- Grade
You can't exactly call this a successful offseason for the Jets. Rex Ryan wanted to bring back Darrelle Revis, but arch rival New England stole him away. Ryan then wanted Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antonio Cromartie, yet New York whiffed on both and now has nothing at corner. Meanwhile, the front office added a No. 1 receiver for Geno Smith. Except Eric Decker is not a No. 1 option. He was a product of Peyton Manning, so he won't be nearly as effective in his new home.
Free agency wasn't a total disaster though. The Jets brought back Willie colon cheaply and inked Breno Giacomini to a reasonable deal. Of course, Giacomini is a downgrade from Austin Howard, who was yet another player to get away from Ryan.
UPDATE: The signing of Philadelphia's former quarterback drops this to a C-. He will fire yet another coach (Rex Ryan will be added to the extensive list of coaches he has canned) and will destroy the confidence of Geno Smith. Not that Smith had much hope in the first place, but the Jets wasted $5 million on this signing.
NFL Free Agent Grades:
Willie Colon, G, Jets (re-sign) - A-
Breno Giacomini, OT, Seahawks - B
Calvin Pace, DE/OLB, Jets (re-sign) - B
Jeff Cumberland, TE, Jets (re-sign) - B
Eric Decker, WR, Broncos - C
QBDK, QB, Eagles - D
Posted 13 Mar 2014Look i know I've been hard on him in the past mostly from him trading away revis and then drafting another CB. and i know he struck gold on richardson. But this offseason has been a farce. I mean how is he improving this team in any way? Lets take a look at some of the reasons i'm getting sick of him
1) cuts holmes and cromartie, 2 players that were willing to take pay cuts to stay, 2 players that are in positions where we need talent. But somehow sanchez is still on the roster for 10+ million when he isn't even going to start?????
2) He signs decker for over 7 million a year? a guy who isn't even a number 1 WR and never has been yet for 7 million a year? Look I like decker, he's a good WR, he's tough, he's not a diva and as long as he's in a jet uniform i'll root my ass off for him. But 7 million when maclin singed a 1 year deal for 4 million? he couldn't have grabbed the younger and better maclin on a 1 year deal for 5-6 million? instead decker gets #1 WR money? plus a 5 year deal and he's 27? 3 years into the deal he's gonna be declining.
3) had a chance to look like a mastermind, instead winds up looking like a failure. He trades revis last year and gets some picks. yes i was pissed. but fate took a twisted turn when revis was released yesterday by the bucs. he was his chance to bring back the best CB in the NFL and basically come out with a 1st and 4th round pick for lending him to the bucs for a year. We know revis loves rex (not as much as he loves money) and we have 50 million in cap room. And he traded him to the bucs to keeep him out of the AFC. well a year later he winds up on fucking new england? our biggest rival? who's kicked out ass repeatedly for the past 10 years? for a 1 year 12 million dollar deal? how could we not offer an extra 500k to him?
4) o-line has been an issue for the past 2 years. We found a decent RT finally in howard. what does idzik do? let him walk of course. Now i know the raider in typical raider fashion overpaid for him, but his replacement....was the worst RT in all of football last year. Thats how he graded out. oh and he led the NFL in holding penalties. We still have issues at guard.
5) vowed to support geno and give him better targets, failed. he downgraded the o-line, let our best WR go, had a chance to grab maclin, nicks, sanders etc. instead gets decker for way too much. Has a chance to get sproles, nope goes to the eagles.
I have to wonder, what the FO sees in idzik. this guy is an idiot letting all the other teams score big and eh's sitting on extra cap money like he gets a bonus for not spending
Posted 30 Dec 2013Just comparing their rookie stats
Sanme % Yds compl att avg TD INT QBrtg Fubmles record
Sanchez 53.8 2444 196 364 6.71 12 20 63 8 9-7
Geno 55.8 3046 247 443 6.88 12 21 66.5 4 8-8
Its pretty dam similar huh
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