Today the Eagles said they would consider cutting DeSean Jackson if they couldn’t trade him.
My first thought is that there almost has to be something going on that they’re not telling us. The info we have as fans doesn’t suggest that the team absolutely has to get rid of him immediately. Jackson seems like he’s always been - sure he has his issues - takes plays off, seems to complain about his contract - but these have always been the case - so why are they suddenly too much for the team to handle? He’s coming off his best year ever, the team isn’t that messed up financially for him to be a cap casualty, the cap space they would get isn’t very useful for this upcoming season, and the team’s receivers without him are a big question mark. I sincerely hope there’s more to the situation than we know. If the team is willing to release him and pay him not to play for them, there almost has to be something else.
My second thought is that the Eagles have mishandled this situation so much that they basically have to get rid of DeSean Jackson - no way Jackson can play well when he knows what the team thinks of him now. Unless this whole thing is media created, but that seems increasingly unlikely.
I basically no longer trust the management of any pro team in Philly.
I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.
People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.
In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia’s heroes. I’ve met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I’ve seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.
The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I’m thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Eagles apparently are trying to trade DeSean Jackson, and this is a very stupid idea. Early reports indicate they would get about a third round pick. This would not be a good trade at all.
To review, Jackson is coming off his most productive year ever in terms of receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He is a legitimate deep threat, that stretches defenses, and allows his teammates to get more open (see Riley Cooper’s year last year). He is just 27 years old, so age doesn’t seem like that big of a factor yet. Clearly he can fit in Chip Kelly’s system quite well.
If the Eagles got rid of him, here’s the situation: You get like $10 million in cap space for the season, but all the good free agents are taken. None of the free agent receivers left are anywhere close to Jackson (none of the signed free agents were anywhere close either). This cap space is basically useless now. Your starting receivers are Jeremy Maclin, fresh of a missed season with an ACL, and Riley Cooper, who had one good season (and let’s be honest, Jackson probably helped with that a lot). That suddenly becomes a big time question mark. You could draft a wide receiver, but how likely is he to be talent and deep threat of Jackson? In addition, you really ought to be fixing up the “29th in yards” defense.
To review, you get useless cap space and a worse offense, which the team may attempt to fix at the expense of not fixing their shaky defense.
Trading Jackson is basically a self-destructive move.
Here’s an idea for postseason basketball: all Division I college basketball teams make the tournament. There are currently 351 teams in Division I, according to ESPN, so here’s what the tournament could look like. First 161 teams get a first round bye, and the other 190 teams participate in 95 play-in games. The next round has 256 teams, which being 2^8 power means you can continually eliminate half the teams in games and end up with 1 champion. The selection committee would be in charge of seeding - and they have options - they could maintain the whole 1-16 thing, but this time there would be 16 such groups - I’m not sure you want 8 groups of 1-32 seeds, or 4 groups of 1-64 seeds, but that’s up to them.
I call it Mega March Madness.
The 76ers just went a whole month without winning a single game (0-11).
All I can say is that Sam Hinkie better know what he’s doing, because if this plan of his doesn’t work, he’ll have wrecked our team for no reason.
This may just be me that feels this way, but block/charge calls are stupid. Mainly charge calls. I’m sorry, but in what universe is standing there considered good defense? It’s stupid. You shouldn’t get rewarded for making absolutely no effort to do anything. All this nonsense about legal guarding position, having your feet set…it’s stupid. I say once the dude leaves his feet, no charging calls. Kudos to all the defenders who got posterized instead of standing there still (or moving out of the way).
I found this thing called TrueHoop on ESPN - it’s like a network on blogs or something. Here’s a sample: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/40381/fix-tanking-grade-on-a-curve (Notice the side section labeled “HoopIdea on tanking” and the bulleted list of links, which I’ve been reading all day). Also, http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/category/_/name/tanking has like any blog entry with tag “tanking”