McNabb Responds To Jackson's Comments
By Lance Epstein
Just when fans thought they could move on from The Donovan McNabb Show—well at least until the Oct. 4 matchup at Lincoln Financial Field-- a new story finds its way out of left field.
In the latest issue of The Sporting News Magazine (May 10 issue), wide receiver DeSean Jackson graced the cover of the magazine. Inside the publication there are multiple photos showing the day and life of Jackson. Additionally, Steve Greenberg conducted a question and answer segment where Jackson talked glowingly about the youth movement.
Another topic that the third-year wide receiver decided to touch upon was whether the club would miss McNabb this upcoming season.
"I don’t think we lost anything, even with McNabb being gone," Jackson said.
Jackson, 23, even said he was "very happy with the decision," to trade McNabb to Washington.
"Playing with Kolb last year, I know what he's capable of doing," Jackson said. "I see his playmaking ability and his leadership."
In fact, Jackson believes the Eagles are going to be just as competitive with Kevin Kolb as the starter as they were with McNabb.
"I wouldn't really call it rebuilding. We're so close every year to getting to the Super Bowl," Jackson said. "My first year we went all the way to the NFC Championship Game, and last year we made it to the playoffs. No matter what happens, we always find a way to make it to the playoffs. That's the best thing I can say about it. We're always in the competition to be one of the best teams in the NFL... Somebody steps out, the next person just has to step in and do the job."
That might not have the only parting jab that Jackson took at his former QB, as he foretold about what the league and fans should expect from him and Kolb this season and for the foreseeable future.
"It's going to be spectacular," Jackson said. "With his talent and hopefully my ability to get him the ball in stride and yards after the catch, those types of things - it will be pretty special. I look forward to being around him and both of us being with this team for a long time."
“It’s so wild when people get to talking when you’re not there, but when you’re there everybody loves you,” McNabb said. “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.”
Now the true fun begins...was Jackson in fact taking shots at his former teammate? Or was he merely stating that he is excited to be part of the Kolb Era and Eagles organization?
Either way it should not matter since the two no longer are teammates. Nevertheless, it still does not seem like Jackson was taking any shots at McNabb, but he is truly expressing his excitement about the new age in Eagles football. Even during his interview he claims-- when discussing if the Eagles were "his team,"-- that he does not talk negative about any player because he would not want anyone to speak negatively about him.
"I wouldn't necessarily call it my team; we have some other veteran guys still who've been here and done some great things. But with my leadership and what I'm able to bring to the field, I know a lot of people look to me to spark the team with big plays. That definitely comes with a lot of hard work and dedication," Jackson said. "A lot is expected of me. I have to watch what I do on and off the field all the time, watch what I sat.
“Like as you see with saying "time for a change" - people can twist your words up and make it more than you meant. I'm not that type of person, I'm never really saying anything negative toward anybody. I wouldn't like anybody saying anything negative about me."
All in all, the two should really be happy that they had the opportunity to play and create magic together for the past two seasons. With McNabb leading the way, Jackson became the fastest rising star in the NFL as he recorded 2,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in only two seasons. In addition, he is going to get a huge payday because of those numbers.
As for McNabb, he finally got the weapon in Jackson that the team lacked for much of his tenure. Furthermore, McNabb is going to receive a hefty extension from the Redskins in large part due to Jackson. McNabb should probably be thanking Jackson since the young wide out assisted in resurrecting his career after he was benched during an embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. With Jackson in the lineup, McNabb posted two of his finer seasons as a Philadelphia Eagles.
This will probably get blown out of proportion due to McNabb's "bigger man" comments, but Jackson has the right to talk and talk highly of his new quarterback. If McNabb does not like it, he probably should take some of his own advice and take the high road, not comment at all and move on with his life.
Still, this controversy will really begin to heat up in week four when McNabb makes his first return back to the City of Brotherly Love. It will intensify an already huge game.
Yet fans should not worry, in a couple of years Jackson and McNabb could become buddies again. Just like McNabb and Terrell Owens did after their own heated feud.