DeSean Jackson on Mike Vick: ‘I don’t think he’s as comfortable as he usually is’


DeSean Jackson made his rounds on the airwaves on Tuesday morning, giving interviews to ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show as well as appearing on NFL AM on the NFL Network. And his comments are making waves.

A big topic of discussion on both programs was, of course, the question of Mike Vick’s benching in Philadelphia.

On “Mike and Mike”, Jackson said that he still sees Vick as an elite quarterback. However, on NFL AM his support of the QB seemed to be lukewarm at best.

“We’re too good a team to be on a three-game losing streak ,so whatever it is we need to do to fix it and get things rolling that is what we are here to do.”

Jackson continued by saying about Vick,

“I don’t think he is as comfortable as he usually is [running the offense].”

Probably not a comment that needed to be made with a team that appears to be on the brink of tearing apart from within. To that point, Jackson spoke a bit about the feeling in the locker room.

“The locker room is very frustrated group of men. We expect a lot more out of ourselves. We’ve lost some games that we feel we should have won.”

DeSean indicated that he and at least one of his teammates did not appreciate the booing that rained down at the Linc on Sunday.

“During the game, me and one of my teammates, he actually said, ‘Man, they are sitting there and booing us.’ For that to be our support team — Philadelphia fans, they are definitely the type of people where if you’re doing good they love you but once you’re doing bad it’s like the world is going to end. To be out there and hear  our home [crowd] booing us, it’s a crazy feeling at times. Once again, we only care about the 53-men on that team, our coaches and the organization. Back’s against the wall. Whoever else is against us, we realize that. Sometimes our own fans can be against us as well.”

Well, DeSean, it’s nothing new that Philadelphia sports fans don’t believe in reinforcing negative behavior from our sports teams in Philadelphia.

We’ve now heard words like “embarrassed” and “frustrated” from players. But when will these emotions turn into a call to action? Three games in a row and it hasn’t worked yet.

Jackson was asked if any player-only meetings called and his answer was no. This points to another huge issue with this Eagles team: where is the leadership? Your coach’s job is on the line, as is your quarterback’s; a coordinator was fired;  and new mistakes are being added to the original ones. Time to close the door and have some uncomfortable conversations. Who among this group of 53-men will step up?

No more calling out teammates under the veil of anonymity. Say it to each other. Air out the issues and figure out how you will overcome them and work together as a team.

Time is yours, Eagles players.

You can watch the full NFL AM interview with DeSean Jackson here and listen to his remarks on Mike and Mike via this link.

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11 Responses to “DeSean Jackson on Mike Vick: ‘I don’t think he’s as comfortable as he usually is’”

  • This is the first time in 10 years that I expect the eagles to loose each week. it’s embarassing.

    • I hadn’t been there previously but I’m at that point now. I don’t expect them to win in New Orleans. Against the worst defense in the NFL–I don’t think the offense will be able to outscore Brees. I thought this team would go 10-6 but they just keep getting worse. Very sad.

  • DeSean Jackson needs to understand that, we the fans have backed this team longer then he has been a live!!

    We want a winning team we want a super bowl win. If the team is sucking they (the team ) need to hear it from us. Name one other team in the NFL that goes to as many away games as the eagels fans do?
    You have our support but we don’t see you guys playing winning football. WE want to see it!!! We deserve to see it!! You get paid by us the fans now go to work and perform to the highest level or get the the h”{> out of town

    • When is team going to wake up! They got all the talent in the world but play with none of it. They play way behind the energy level of any other team and when things go wrong they sit on the side lines with a bunch of dejected sad faces and sulk. Then once lady luck left their side and they realized their in trouble they make generic responses to the media and talk about fixing things and dont and get mad when we boo you guys! Wake up you guys suck no one is gonna hand you a game because your “talented”. Fix your shit with action not words and go out their and get a playoff spot!

      • A Falcons fan posted on my preview a comment that really stung because it’s true. And it’s something I’m wondering myself. It’s now a year and a half that we’ve been talking about all the talent on this team and that nothing has happened with it. How long is it going to take? How long can we keep making the same excuse and asking the same question? Even if the coaching is problematic, and the signs just keeping more and more to that, how can raw talent be diffused?

        I just don’t get it.

    • Tell it, Michael. As any of my friends will tell you, I don’t believe that love/fandom involves placating people. Being booed at home can’t feel good. So do something to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s just that simple.

  • Really? Michael Vick…Andy Reid sold his soul to the devil long before Vick arrived…show me the son….and I’ll tell you about the father…
    Michael Vick…really? you thought this guy has the character to lead a professional sports team
    ….really? Talk about getting what you paid for
    And poor Donovan McNabb… All he did was win and stay out of police line-ups
    Andy Reid sold his soul and threw Donovan under the bus by bringing Owens and Vick in
    ,..shame on you Andy Reid….shame on you

  • I love my Eagles through the UPS and downs. I hate the fact that people are ignorant and boo and taunt them. I feel as though fans are suppose to be encouraging. You should try to bring their spirits up not down. They hearing all this negativity from the media and everybody else they don’t need it from their supporters. The ones who are suppose to have their back no matter what. Watching them lose is very frustrating and we not even in the game. Imagine them who is actually playing.Maybe if they encourage them and show them hey we still love yall they can play better. If all you hear is you suck and boo of course you not gonna be focused. Like the old saying goes ” you ain’t nothing nice to say, shut the hell up”

    • I see both sides of the issue. I love this team but don’t see any hope for a turnaround this season. Doesn’t mean I’m rooting against them, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop watching. It just seems to be the way it is.

      You should support your team. And everyone who has paid for those expensive tickets is doing so as a way of supporting the Birds. But when the team keeps getting worse, fans have a right to express their displeasure. If players don’t like it the solution is simple–play better.

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