Hats off to DeSean Jackson for getting signed to a nice five-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for $47 million (with up to $4 mill in incentives). The man is truly one of the most exciting and explosive wide receivers in the NFL. In four years in the game he has caught 230 balls for 4096 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Jackson has given the Eagles a legitimate scoring threat on every punt return as well. In 116 returns the last four years he has tallied over 1200 yards in return yards and scored four touchdowns. He’s had a long of over 50 yards each season.
The man can play some serious football; there is no question about that. While he may have learned how to take his game to another level since leaving Cal in 2008, he hasn’t learned one thing: when to keep his mouth shut.
After the debacle that Vince Young helped create last season by dubbing the Eagles the “Dream Team” one would think that Jackson would have learned not to go shooting their mouths off to the media, making promises and claims that put the whole team on the spot.
Yet, here we go again.
It shouldn't really come as much of a surprise; his childish antics last season proved that Jackson rarely thinks before he acts. Rather than dub the team the dream anything, Jackson is being a bit more direct with his claims. Much like the brash talking coach of the New York Jets, he has promised a Super Bowl (and we all know how that's worked out for Rex Ryan and the Jets the last three years).
In some comments on the Eagles website Jackson said:
“…I’m going to guarantee a Super Bowl because we’ve been close the past four years that I’ve been here. Last year, with it being a tough year, just the way we caught on fire towards the end of the year, I see this team as the sky being the limit.”
Confidence in one’s own abilities and in his teammates is a good thing. Every player in the NFL should feel as much about himself and his team. Professing it to the media is not even a bad thing if done in the right way.
Guaranteeing a Super Bowl is not the right way.
All Jackson has done is kept the target on the backs of his team that Vince Young put there last year. Had the team performed last year it would not be a big deal; teams like the New England Patriots have targets on their backs every year. The problem is the team sucked last year, and there isn’t any reason to think that this coming season will be any different.
Hopefully Jackson knows something that the rest of us don’t. Otherwise he looks like every other blowhard that has made a promise that he alone can’t back up. Thanks to that $10 million signing bonus he can buy a candy flavored shoe for when he sticks his foot in his mouth next time.
Article by Travis Pulver