Jeff Lurie met with the media today at the NFL owners meetings. He had a chance to offer his thoughts on the DeSean Jackson melodrama and possibly offer some insight to the state of things (building off DJax’s tweet from last night). Instead, Lurie had nothing to say on the matter.
I don’t take that as a good sign.
It was interesting to see DeSean’s tweet and even a little fun to look for some optimism, but we have to be honest here. Nothing he says is all that important. DeSean is a pawn in this situation. That’s not a criticism of him, but rather the reality of the NFL. Owners, GMs and coaches are the ones who rule the league. Players are a commodity. That was true of Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White and DeSean.
Some of you wonder why I’m so down on this situation getting resolved and DeSean remaining an Eagle. The first thing you need to understand is that is exactly what I’d like to happen. I don’t want the Eagles to get rid of their best WR. I’d love for this to turn out to be some weird situation that just got out of hand.
I just don’t get the feeling that will happen. The Eagles have had multiple chances to say anything they wanted in regard to this situation. They won’t even give generic answers that offer any hope. Their denials have a cold, stand-offish quality that makes me think DeSean is outta here.
If the Eagles somehow tried to put the whole thing back together and move forward with their most explosive offensive weapon, you’d have to wonder how they blundered into this mess in the first place, whether the people in charge really know what they want. Kelly does not give the appearance of someone who does not know what he wants.
Former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick clearly doesn’t see a reconciliation happening. Vick, asked about Jackson during an ESPN Radio appearance Tuesday, said: “Chip is a leader … and certain organizations want things done in a certain way.”
Vick also said that Jackson is “not a bad person,” but he called the situation “something he may have to learn from.”
It really does feel like Chip would have killed this story a while ago if it had no merit. You may wonder why Chip would call DeSean and tell him “positive” things. That could be Chip wanting to talk to his player and smooth some things out. Or it could be the Eagles way of trying to keep DeSean calm.
Whatever he was told, DeSean bought in hook, line and sinker. He told teammates today that he would be back this year. As much as I’d love that to be true, call me Doubting Thomas on this one.
I would love to be wrong.
Chip meets the media on Wednesday morning. As Les Bowen said the other day, “Get yo popcorn ready.”
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No update on the Mark Sanchez story.
Not everyone is so keen on signing him. One thing some critics seemed to be missing is that Sanchez would come here cheap and to be a backup. Oh, Kelly would give him a chance to win a job, but Nick Foles would really have to fall apart to let Sanchez beat him out.
A few of you were worried about overpaying for Sanchez. That won’t happen. Some were worried that he’d come in to start Most likely Foles will start. Sanchez won’t even be guaranteed the backup job. He’d have to earn that. Kelly and Howie Roseman remain high on Matt Barkley.
Just because Sanchez failed to become an elite starter with the Jets doesn’t mean he’s got no value. He could become a good backup. I think with more coaching he could eventually get back to being a starter. Vinny Testaverde was awful his first few years, but then changed teams and went on to have a long, successful career. AJ Feeley wasn’t able to start and play well in the NFL, but he was a terrific backup and #3 QB for years.
One of the lures for Sanchez in Philly is to come here and get tutored by Kelly, Pat Shurmur and Bill Musgrave. I think Sanchez knows that he needs help if he wants to get his career back on track.
We’ll see what happens.