Donovan McNabb just can’t seem to get along with his star wide receivers. First, Terrell Owens insults him by agreeing with Michael Irvin that the Philadelphia Eagles would be better off with Brett Favre at quarterback.
Now, DeSean Jackson is joining in the fun by telling The Sporting News that he was “very happy with the decision” by the Eagles to trade McNabb to the Washington Redskins last month. Jackson also said, “I don’t think we lost anything, even with McNabb being gone.”
In his two years in the league, Jackson has totaled 2,079 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns, most of them with McNabb at the helm, along with a Pro Bowl appearance. And this is how he treats the Pro Bowl quarterback who was so instrumental in helping him develop into an elite receiver?
Believe me, I know how talented Jackson is. I drafted him as a rookie in the final round of my fantasy football league because I was impressed with his college career at Cal.
However, talent gets you nowhere in the NFL as a wide receiver if you don’t have a good quarterback to showcase that talent. Carolina’s Steve Smith is comparable to Jackson in build and skill. Both are undersized and use their speed to create separation from defenders.
Smith went from a Pro Bowl season in 2008-09 with 1,421 yards to only 982 yards in 2009-10 en route to a thoroughly disappointing season for both Smith and the Panthers. The difference? Quarterback Jake Delhomme.
Delhomme passed for 3,288 yards and 15 touchdown with only 12 interceptions in 16 games during the 2008-09 season. However, this past season, he only passed for 2,015 yards and 8 touchdowns with 18 interceptions in only 11 games. 11 games, not 16, because Delhomme got benched in favor of backup Matt Moore due to inexcusably poor performances.
Jackson is acting like a pompous, immature 23-year-old kid who clearly thinks the world of himself and nothing of his former quarterback. Don’t believe me? Watch this video of “Unmasked: DeSean Jackson.”
The kid is so full of himself that he says, “The things I’m able to do is just unbelievable sometimes, I kind of throw myself off guard.” Really? You’re so great that you surprise yourself with how incredible you are?
Jackson goes on to say, “Somebody coming to the line of scrimmage guarding me one-on-one, I mean, with no help, in reality, it’s like, unpossible. My speed is like the wind, man, you blow with the wind. Lightning, speed, thunder, whatever you wanna call it, I mean, it’s definitely electrifying.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Besides comparing himself to nature’s mighty creations of wind, thunder, and lightning, he is also unable to distinguish the difference between impossible and unpossible, one of which is not a word.
He later says, “I’ve been chose to be in the same boat as, you know, Devin Hester and Steve Smith, I mean, you know, the best of the best.” I’m pretty sure it should be “chosen,” not “chose,” but that’s just me. Obviously, Jackson and I don’t speak the same language.
The language I speak is one of respect for my captain and experienced veteran. McNabb talked to ESPN four years ago in response to the Owens drama and said, “I’m running the huddle. This is my show. I’m going to see you a lot of plays and some plays I won’t see you.”
McNabb was just asserting his leadership role on the team as both captain and quarterback. He calls the plays and he controls the offensive unit, a fact that Jackson needs to understand if he wants to grasp the team concept. McNabb is also an 11-year veteran who has had his share of divas and prima donnas in the locker room.
Throughout everything, McNabb has remained classy and polite, responding to Jackson’s comments by saying, “So I guess people will go deeper into it than I will. I’m a Redskin, no longer an Eagle. I had 11 great years and I’m moving on with my life, so whoever may say things when I’m gone, more power to them, but it’s not making you look like a bigger man.”
I met McNabb as a fresh 16-year-old girl at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He was incredibly polite, friendly, and accommodating, and never once made me feel inferior or like I was wasting his time.
One of the most memorable interactions I had with McNabb was when he grabbed the tape recorder (yes, we used tape recorders back then) out of my hand and started interviewing me instead. His playful demeanor really displayed his humble, down-to-earth personality, something Jackson strongly lacks.
The bottom line is that Donovan McNabb is a really great guy in a profession where there aren’t that many great guys. Jackson, for all the talent in the world, fails to measure up to McNabb as a person. And did I mention that McNabb is very well-spoken?
Also, since when did Devin Hester become “the best of the best”? So not only is Jackson unable to speak grammatically correct, he is also a poor judge of talent. No wonder he thinks McNabb is useless.
Be careful what you wish for, DeSean. You wanted Kevin Kolb; now, you have him. What’s next? Crying for Michael Vick?