DeSean Inactive

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 20 Comments »

He overslept and missed a STs meeting yesterday.

He will not play today.  Is this a bump in the road or the beginning of the end for him?  I thought this was a week where he could make some plays so his timing is really lousy.

Riley Cooper and Steve Smith will be happy to get the extra playing time.

20 Comments on “DeSean Inactive”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 10:14 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    Over the past couple of weeks, I was feeling that it was less and less likely he was back next year. This seems like the final nail in that coffin.

  2. 2 Jon Blank said at 10:27 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    I guess Rosenhouse forgot to explain the term “contract year” to Desean. Torpedoing his value and probably burning his bridge with the Eagles.

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 10:47 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    I could be wrong, but I get the feeling he knows someone will pay him. So he just doesn’t want to risk injury.

  4. 4 Jon Blank said at 11:00 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    I think you are correct. I’m not happy with Desean, bit the FO has handled this whole situation poorly. They have created a scenario where Desean would feel underappreciated and his season was certainly a possible reaction. Good FOs and staffs know how to manage egos and personalities. Eagles failed at that with Desean.

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 11:20 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    No, DeSean is proving them right.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 12:12 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    I have to agree, he is a good team mate, home bred and has out delivered his contract for 3 straight years. I hope this (his lack of contract) isn’t a gamble by Banner and Roseman, because it is about more than replacing DSJ, it about showing this team how it repays and nurtures its own players, which up until now has been a bedrock of this current set up.

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 11:06 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    Huh?? Bad overreaction by the front office. Here’s a guy who gives everything he’s got (even if he does have more drops than anyone, including himself, wants), does a lot of community charity work, has exceeded all expectations about his maturity, and this is how he is treated? Unless there’s more to the story that we don’t know and it’s more than just a missed meeting and an innocent mistake, then this is a harsh overreaction. Booooooo!

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 11:20 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I don’t see it as a trend. It happened. It’s over.

    They guy has been professional through all of this. His play has slipped, but so has the entire team.

    I don’t see this as any type of disrespect. If anything, it may cause him to be more focused throughout the rest of the year.

  9. 9 Anonymous said at 11:23 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    the FO is seizing on a mistake DeSean made, concerning special teams which he shouldn’t have a regular role in, to plant a story line against him to diminish his value. The other part of this is: what about winning football games? The Eagles aren’t eliminated from the playoffs, and it’s not like this is a major ethical lapse that needs to be punished.

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 11:40 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    “what about winning football games?”


  11. 11 Anonymous said at 11:50 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    Huh, not the consensus I expected. Wasn’t there calls for Andy to hold players more accountable just days ago?

    I like the move. Show players that getting onto the field is a privilege they earn, no matter how big their name. I would be more concerned with what it said to the rest of the team if DeSean wasn’t punished for oversleeping a meeting the day before a game.

    I don’t read the long-term consequences that some of you do. He made a mistake. The mistake is easily forgiven, but it can’t be ignored. DeSean messed up, Andy responds according to team rules, and they both move on tomorrow.

    As for the move being a negotiating tool, I’m skeptical. With the deadline looming, is the thought that making him inactive is going to cause DeSean to think, “Aw, shucks, I screwed up. I guess I’d better take a few million less?” Is the thought that we are going to let him hit free agency and other teams will value him less because of this? If we have plans to move forward next year without him, what incentive is there to benching him?

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 12:14 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    I have similar thoughts. It’s not that big a deal, he missed a meeting but everyone will move on, still it’s the right move by Reid, it’s team rules and no one is above the team or the rules.

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 12:20 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    I have no problem with what you have said here, but the question I ask myself is, why did he miss the meeting? A genuine error? I hope so! Is it his first such blooper? I think so. Does his uncertain future with a team that has served so exceptionally well have any connection to this? I can’t believe it doesn’t. Feeling wanted at work or more poignantly, unwanted, can really affect how you perform in your job.

  14. 14 Anonymous said at 12:57 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    Since I have never heard reports of anything similar in the past, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    Still, it is certainly valid to question DeSean’s reasons. It is questioning Andy’s motives I have trouble accepting.

  15. 15 Anonymous said at 11:51 AM on November 13th, 2011:

    DeSean on the Inactive list, while Juan is not?
    (Oh, wait, I forgot about the MIA list!)

  16. 16 Anonymous said at 12:21 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    I couldn’t be more pissed. This is a game where Peanut should be an impact player. I don’t think it will hurt the Eagles that much because they should still roll over the AZ secondary with Maclin, Avant, Cooper and Smith. Still, this totally sucks because up until now DeSean has basically acted like a pro. He is grossly underpaid but has kept his mouth shut. I haven’t seen signs that he is dogging it on the field. He screwed up and deserves to be benched. Still, is there anything left to go wrong this year? Wait, don’t answer that.

  17. 17 Anonymous said at 1:40 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    If he’s only going to be an impact player against teams like the Cardinals then maybe he is expecting too much in a deal.

  18. 18 Anonymous said at 12:31 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    Frankly, I see this as a good thing. DeSean needs to have his ego kicked down a notch or two. If anything, this reminds me of Vernon Davis a few years back after he got on a fight on the sidelines with Mike Singletary. ESPN et al though that it would be the end of the relationship between the 49ers and Davis, as his contract was about up, and it ultimately made Vernon a leader and someone the coaches liked/trusted most.
    And, I’m certain, the FO will use this incident to help drive down DeSean’s cost. At the end of the day, they’d like to sign him for 6 or so years and get some easy outs from the back end of the contract, as it’s doubtful he’ll play it out to the end. What better way to get the price down AND to find some potential contract nullifiers then some troubles with the coaching staff – supporting a thought held by the rest of the league (why he dropped to us in the 2nd round) that DeSean is a bad locker room/personality?

    Blessing in disguise, I say. One step closer to getting him signed for less and longer. I’m talking a Mike Patterson contract.

  19. 19 Anonymous said at 12:46 PM on November 13th, 2011:

    @ Noah

    I hope he is on the sideline and the players get him as involved as is possible for a player in street threads. I hope the crowd shows him love too. That could really help.

  20. 20 Eric Weaver said at 12:49 PM on November 13th, 2011:


    This is obviously far too early, but I’ve been thinking about this for weeks without a contract for DeSean. Of course, the Eagles are not trying to get a top 10 pick, but would the Eagles pull the trigger on Blackmon or Jeffrey and let DeSean walk? Both would probably come cheaper than DeSean. It doesn’t seem like an Eagles way of doing things, but you never know.