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DeSean Jackson denies he wanted McNabb to be traded

NFL_jackson1.jpgEagles receiver DeSean Jackson, speaking again regarding the trade that sent quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington, denies that he led a group of young players who wanted to see the team turn the offense over to Kevin Kolb.

I don’t know why anybody would say that,” Jackson said, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “Whatever the case was, if McNabb would have stayed another year . . . that’s not my decision.”

But Jackson admitted his initial reaction upon hearing the news was relief.  “My first thought was — not to say, ‘About time’ — but just sitting
around with just the rumors . . . it was just kind of tough for the team.  Not knowing who was going to be here and who was going
to stay.  It’s almost kind of a relief to know what we have here and just
to go forward.”

Jackson also referred to the new-look Eagles as the “young guns,” an interesting choice of words given that McNabb said after a 24-0 loss to the Cowboys in the regular-season finale that the team “showed our youth.”  Though McNabb promptly backtracked, Jackson seemed to give credence to the notion that McNabb’s comments created a problem. 

“We talked and, you know, it’s nothing big,” Jackson said.  “We’ve just
gotta keep it in house and stick together as a team and don’t let things
like that break us up.”

Meanwhile, another comment from the aftermath of that loss to the Cowboys was right on the money. 

“We can’t get embarrassed like that again on Saturday night,” an unnamed
veteran player told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio in advance of the wild-card game against the Cowboys, “or a lot of guys will lose
their job.” 

The Eagles got embarrassed again — and to date a lot of guys have indeed lost their jobs.

Including McNabb.

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56 Responses to “DeSean Jackson denies he wanted McNabb to be traded”
  1. jkr says: Apr 6, 2010 10:16 PM

    Careful what you wish for moron! Kevin Kolb has only had 2 good games he’s not Mcnabb yet and he never will be!

  2. Reggie'sBush says: Apr 6, 2010 10:18 PM

    “I don’t know why anybody would say that, McNabb’s throws at my feet helped me perfect the ‘Jerk’ dance” Jackson said, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  3. vbhall78 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:20 PM

    Wow…

  4. ZwangZ says: Apr 6, 2010 10:21 PM

    shut it florio

  5. VoxVagina says: Apr 6, 2010 10:22 PM

    The unnamed veteran himself was probably cut or traded. The only veterans on the Eagles roster are Juqua Parker (who is worse than the guys that they cut) and David Akers. I guess Mikell is, too.

  6. txtroutslayer says: Apr 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    Eagle fans crack me up. You think kolb will be better
    then mcnabb? Your secondary was bad, your
    pass rush was bad, your offensive line was bad, you have
    no running backs. You got one good tight end and an overrated
    receiver who has a big mouth. Your screwed!

  7. Geaux-Daddy says: Apr 6, 2010 10:34 PM

    DeSean is going to be very, very sad when he realizes that Kolb’s noodle arm doesn’t create nearly as many opportunities for undersized deep threats.

  8. runtheballandy says: Apr 6, 2010 10:37 PM

    You touched on the right point, but missed an obvious part of this story. Jackson was interviewed at approx 5pm today on 975 (espn radio/the fanatic) in philly. The afternoon host (mike missannelli) was asking desean about the trade. answering a very generic question, jackson said “its time for a change.” he was very politically correct the rest of the interview. but there have been plenty of reports of how much the young guys (jackosn, maclin, celek, avant, mccoy) like kolb and want him to play. maybe the national media will acknowledge that its not eagle fans, but the organization, head coach, and players who are ready for a new start.

  9. joseph2112 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:37 PM

    Dude, is this the last “update” or AKA “generating a story out of nothing” involving the Mcnabb trade? I will answer my own question. H3ll no. Why don’t you give us the right answer these guys should say? If they say “we really wish he didn’t get traded” you would write “young recievers have no faith in Kolb”. If not, the piece of non-journalist garbage you just wrote.

  10. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:46 PM

    Those games sucked balls, that’s for sure. Djax just getting started though…

  11. Bigbluefan says: Apr 6, 2010 10:48 PM

    yeah I can see the egals listening to some unproven young punk
    Desean you better keep running fast because one day a big ole D is going to break your skinny ass in half
    BTW what the hell kind of name is desean
    The nurse must have said here is your son and momma said that bes deson and there it was Desean

  12. BigBear123 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:54 PM

    Jackson was shut down against Dallas too. The offense lived and died by the big play, lost to teams that controlled it.

  13. nasheagles says: Apr 6, 2010 10:59 PM

    Kevin Kolb has the best skill players in the conference. This teams success will be on the defenses shoulders– the offense will fly high

  14. Bobby McShanklebee says: Apr 6, 2010 11:02 PM

    I love how all these people get on here and claim Kolb won’t be as good as McNabb. Nobody knows for sure, and if you did you sure as hell wouldn’t be on here you would have a job at ESPN or with an NFL team. Other than Saints fans, I bet few picked them before the season to win it all. When Brady started for the Patriots the first time I bet nobody thought he would win three Super Bowls. Maybe Kolb will suck and the Eagles made a huge mistake, but we don’t know yet.

  15. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 6, 2010 11:07 PM

    Looks like the Cowboys destroyed the 0-3gles in more ways than one.

  16. jan van flac says: Apr 6, 2010 11:09 PM

    I’ve been a DMac supporter through the years, but maybe Desean is looking forward to catching accurately thrown passes in stride. It actually suits his playing style better than adjusting to an off target bomb. both he and Maclin are YAC type recievers who can take a 15 yard slant route to the house.
    and for all the haters…the D played pretty well considering all of the injuries at LB and the fact that they were on the field 2/3s of every game. Andy may be stubborn but no way he makes Kolb throw it 50 times a game. The trio of Weaver, Shady and Mike Bell should actually be pretty effective. They are still a tremendously talented team with a lot of youth (obviously) and a lot of speed.

  17. runtheballandy says: Apr 6, 2010 11:09 PM

    I love the truly stupid peolpe who respond to these posts and still think this has anyhting to do woth eagle fans. The team drafted kolb, the team decided he can play, the team traded mcnabb (who is a good player, best years behind him, underachieves in big games). Even Eagle players like Jackson make it clear that this is the right time for a new start. And Kolb may never be as good as Mcnabb circa 2004, but neither will Donovan the Redskin.

  18. Stylz says: Apr 6, 2010 11:22 PM

    McNabb getting Traded is the Biggest news so far this off-season and i’m loving all the attention it’s receiving.. Keep up the updates PFT Gotta love it!
    As for DeSean, he needs to shut the hell up! Kevin hasn’t done anything yet till he takes the eagles to the Superbowl and wins it all, McNabb is better than him.

  19. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 6, 2010 11:23 PM

    Kolb is the same as Matt “Choke” Ryan – they are accurate up to 20 yards.
    Anything after that, they are just “PICK MACHINES”. In Matt Ryan’s last 16 games started, he has 18 PICKS.
    Kolb will be the same way. The disaster against the Ravens will be the blue print and film studied by the rest of the league.
    There will be a poll asking:
    “Number of days before Kolb is benched”.
    It will make a good story line though for Mike Vick.
    “How to become the face of 2 franchises”
    HA HA HA

  20. myspaceyourface says: Apr 6, 2010 11:47 PM

    I wonder who will have more one hoppers this year.
    McChunkie
    or the
    Nationals

  21. myspaceyourface says: Apr 6, 2010 11:51 PM

    I wonder who will puke first.
    McChicken
    or
    Or the Hot Dog eating champ

  22. raw B says: Apr 6, 2010 11:59 PM

    Bigbluefan says:
    April 6, 2010 10:48 PM
    “BTW what the hell kind of name is desean
    The nurse must have said here is your son and momma said that bes deson and there it was Desean”
    More white trash from new york being exposed as racist. Im not surprised. Time for some new material.

  23. raw B says: Apr 7, 2010 12:02 AM

    .Vox Veritas. says:
    April 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    “Looks like the Cowboys destroyed the 0-3gles in more ways than one”.
    Since we are STILL refering to records from games from past seasons, Ill from now on refer to Dallas’ pro football team as the 44-6 Boys.
    Or maybe we can both just move on and keep these comments actually rellevant?

  24. Floriosadouchebag says: Apr 7, 2010 12:04 AM

    DeSean and the rest of the Eagles and their front running fans… like lowell rikert, will soon get a rude wake up call, when they finish in last for the next several years.

  25. Moose says: Apr 7, 2010 12:07 AM

    I think its funny that everything knows what type of player Kevin Kolb is. Nobody knows what kind of player he is yet, INCLUDING HIMSELF! The fact is, if McNabb was going to win a Super Bowl it would have happpened by now. The Eagles always get rid of their older players, so why should it be any different for McNabb? They have a very young team now, and it was time to give Kolb a chance to try and grow with these kids and see what happens.
    The fact is, McNabb only got to the big game once out of all the chances he had, and we know what happened in that game. And remember, the Eagles were favored in every one of their NFC Championship games and didnt get it done. You can say all you want about him not having enough good players to get there, but the best Quarterbacks find ways to win games. If it wasnt for Peyton Manning, we may have never known who Reggie Wayne even was. Manning can make anyone better because he is so accurate. And he never really had a complete running game either, just like the Eagles.
    In the end, it was just time for a change in Philly. Kolb doesnt have to have all the same abilities as McNabb, he just needs to be more accurate. Of course McNabb is better than Kolb because he hasnt even had a chance to play yet. You need an opportunity to play before you can achieve anything. Everyone has to start somewhere. Everyone booed McNabb on draft day, and never expected him to be even half of what he was, and look what he accomplished. I wish McNabb the best in Washington, and hope Kolb can pick up where he left off.

  26. JMClarkent says: Apr 7, 2010 12:09 AM

    The nurse must have said here is your son and momma said that bes deson and there it was Desean
    “English MutherF&%#^$, do you speak it?!?”

  27. FrenchyFuqua says: Apr 7, 2010 12:35 AM

    Who could understand what comes out of his mouth anyway…It’s a cross between ebonics and pig latin——pigonics…

  28. Jamarcus says: Apr 7, 2010 12:48 AM

    Yeah sure DeSean. In other news, Chilly doesn’t think Favre is coming back.

  29. MagicMan407 says: Apr 7, 2010 1:05 AM

    Dude you guys better watch it! Desean is a veteran now on the Eagles! I mean seriously thier average age is like 23. All his experience is valuable his words are wise..

  30. bryce9erfan says: Apr 7, 2010 1:12 AM

    In the history of trading pro bowl qb’s this one looks bad. Bleadsoe was done, Young had taken the team to the playoffs while Montana was hurt. I think we will see that Mcnabb was covering Andy Reid’s faults, and not the other way around. Shanny will coach him up, and the eagles will be eating huge plates of crow by December.

  31. troll_aikman8 says: Apr 7, 2010 1:35 AM

    Man, the Cowboys absolutely destroyed the Eagles in so many ways.

  32. Akshun says: Apr 7, 2010 1:55 AM

    @ jkr.. you’re 100% absolutely right – he’s not McNabb and thats great news to hear as an Eagles fan, seeing how McNabb hasn’t helped us win anything.. If you really are an ELITE QB, you can help your team win games especially NFC Championship Games that you are favored to win, and especially not come out goofing around to start a game playing a team that embarrassed you the week before..

  33. trademcscab says: Apr 7, 2010 2:48 AM

    i love how all you idiots act like he doesnt practice with the dude everyday…..he literally caught passes from both of them on the same day for years i think his judgement of who runs the o better is a little better then some sorry internet comment commentators

  34. Annuvin says: Apr 7, 2010 3:09 AM

    BlondBlueDevils says:
    Kolb is the same as Matt “Choke” Ryan – they are accurate up to 20 yards.
    ****************
    The exact same thing can be said about your hero Dawgkilla. However, the difference between them is that Kolb will still be on an active NFL roster come September, while Vick will be making his living by asking “do you want fries with that?”
    HA HA HA

  35. wee2424 says: Apr 7, 2010 3:32 AM

    how is jackson unproven? Rookie season he had close to 800 receiving yards while doing punt returns. 2nd season he had well over 1000 yards and like 10 tds, while doing punt returns and returning 2 to the house. The one against the giants was just jaw dropping. And how can you call him a loud mouth punk? Do you ever see or hear him starting controversy like TO, Moss, ochocinco? No. He was asked a question and he answered it honestly in the most politically correct way you can. O and btw I’m sure he knows alot more about Kolb and the state of the team then me and any of you haters. Ever think him and the other receivers wanting Kolb to play shows good for Kolb? Open your heads and start thinking before you hate, or know what you are talking about before you post.

  36. wee2424 says: Apr 7, 2010 3:34 AM

    how is jackson unproven? Rookie season he had close to 800 receiving yards while doing punt returns. 2nd season he had well over 1000 yards and like 10 tds, while doing punt returns and returning 2 to the house. The one against the giants was just jaw dropping. And how can you call him a loud mouth punk? Do you ever see or hear him starting controversy like TO, Moss, ochocinco? No. He was asked a question and he answered it honestly in the most politically correct way you can. O and btw I’m sure he knows alot more about Kolb and the state of the team then me and any of you haters. Ever think him and the other receivers wanting Kolb to play shows good for Kolb? Open your heads and start thinking before you hate, or know what you are talking about before you post.

  37. Colts18 says: Apr 7, 2010 4:19 AM

    Hes lying. In the two games that Kolb started, Jackson lit it up with over 100 yards in both games. so, hes just being political here, underneath the facade, hes pleased.

  38. mike_311 says: Apr 7, 2010 6:21 AM

    DJax is just getting started alright.. now that McNabb won’t be around to lay out the bomb, he is about to start getting hit across the middle a lot, he’s about to get knocked the F’ out.

  39. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 7, 2010 6:58 AM

    You never get rid of a proven QB when you can still legitimately compete for the playoffs. They should have moved Kolb.

  40. Mooch says: Apr 7, 2010 7:14 AM

    If I hear one more dope say “be careful what yuo wish for”…I am going to puke.
    That statement ignores the football and business realities of this whole situation.
    If you are in to making decisions based purely on emotion and fear, that’s up to you. Just don’t bore actual football fans with stupid, unimaginative, and childish posts like “be careful what you wish for”.
    Ugh, so tired of it.
    Desean will at least have a QB that doesn’t blame him for losses in post-game press conferences. Which will be nice.

  41. Mooch says: Apr 7, 2010 7:17 AM

    Disaster against the Ravens?
    How did McNabb do in that game?
    I love how McNabb fans use the Ravens game as a superiority statement. They can never build McNabb up, they just have to tear everyone else down. Because they had no case for keeping him.

  42. mrEagle says: Apr 7, 2010 7:35 AM

    .Vox Veritas. says:
    April 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    Looks like the Cowboys destroyed the 0-3gles in more ways than one.
    Not quite….You gave us a fresh start and made our team younger and eager to prove something. For the Past 3 years McNabb looked washed out and Tierd, Why do you think so many fans wanted him out? Oh and you also made the redskins better too! The Cowboys played like garbage (So did the Eagles, and the rest of the NFCE for that matter) last year and have done nothing to improve their team. It would not shock me to see them at the bottom of the division next year.

  43. flavordave says: Apr 7, 2010 7:44 AM

    @JKR Thank God he wont be McNabb. Ive seen enough moonwalks and air guitars.

  44. Mooch says: Apr 7, 2010 7:58 AM

    McNabb supporters immediately attack DeSean. Because it is always someone else’s fault.
    Usually the WR’s who “stink”
    Thrash (2001) 63 / 833 / 8
    Pinkston (2002) 60 / 798 / 7 (McNabb 10 starts)
    Owens (2004) 77 / 1200 / 14
    Westbrook (2004) 73 / 703 / 6
    Smith (2005) 61 / 682 / 3 (McNabb 9 starts)
    Westbrook (2005) 61 / 616 / 4 (McNabb 9 starts)
    Westbrook (2006) 77 / 699 / 4
    Brown (2006) 46 / 816 / 8
    Westbrook (2007) 90 / 771 / 5
    Curtis (2007) 77 / 1110 / 6
    Brown (2007) 61 / 780 / 4
    Jackson (2008) 62 / 912 / 2
    Jackson (2009) 63 / 1167 / 9
    Celek (2009) 76 / 971 / 8
    In a spread-it-around offense these are good numbers. Before Jackson, this offense didn’t go downfield, so aside from Owens you don’t get big YPC. What you would see from all these is a huge # of YAC yards, as the short passing game leads to that.
    They could have been better, no question – and we should have kept Owens. But the QB was part of that equation. But it wasn’t like he was running out there with a bunch of CFL rejects.
    And Santana Moss isn’t much better than a lot of what’s on that list.

  45. Mooch says: Apr 7, 2010 8:00 AM

    “Looks like the Cowboys destroyed the 0-3gles in more ways than one.”
    McNabb should have been traded after the last game in 2008, when its time its time.
    He had to go. He would not have salvaged the 2010 season any more than not trading Ewing would have helped the Knicks 2009 campaign. He’s history.

  46. Krow says: Apr 7, 2010 8:09 AM

    DeSean’s a great football talent… but a low class person.

  47. lurch's nyquil says: Apr 7, 2010 8:12 AM

    Desean would be just a punt returner if it was not for McNabb. If indeed he said that, I hope he fails this year and becomes Todd Pinkston.

  48. Bruisersrevenge says: Apr 7, 2010 8:29 AM

    Thats all you cowboys fans got. All u keep saying is how bad you beat the birds last year. Who cares, what else has your team done in the last 12 years, o thats rite nothing. It doesnt matter if you beat the eagles every year, we all know that when playoffs start your team chokes

  49. filthymcnasty says: Apr 7, 2010 8:48 AM

    This is gonna be a F U N year.

  50. Popeye says: Apr 7, 2010 8:58 AM

    This just in…McNabb just lost another “big” game and threw up due to the pressure

  51. Jarod says: Apr 7, 2010 9:02 AM

    Yet!!! Kevin will prob be better than mcnabb eventually he needs some yrs under his belt first. Mcnabb stinks he’s too inconsisted. The Eagles are a good team they need a better and smart QB. I think Kevin might be able to do it and I def think he be better than mcnabb.

  52. realitypolice says: Apr 7, 2010 9:12 AM

    raw B says:
    April 7, 2010 12:02 AM
    .Vox Veritas. says:
    April 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    “Looks like the Cowboys destroyed the 0-3gles in more ways than one”.
    Since we are STILL refering to records from games from past seasons, Ill from now on refer to Dallas’ pro football team as the 44-6 Boys.
    Or maybe we can both just move on and keep these comments actually rellevant?
    =====================
    However obnoxious you may think Vox and his “0-3gles” joke is (it is getting kinda old Vox- it’s not like there isn’t anything else to make fun of the Eagles for), the fact is that the Eagles 0-3 record v. the Boys last year (and particularly how horrible the Eagles and McNabb specifically played in the last two of those games) is very relevant here.
    Do you think if the Eagles had won 2 of those 3 games, including the playoff game, that McNabb would be gone right now? Do you think if the Eagles had not embarrassed themselves last year they would have gotten rid of 12 players and left themselves with one starter over 30?
    Kind of silly to say a “past season” that ended 2 months ago is irrelevant. Have there been games played more recently that we don’t know about?

  53. tombrookshire says: Apr 7, 2010 9:20 AM

    There is some tremendous superstar potential on the Eagles offense, but on the defensive side, a collection of mediocre, no name players with a second year coordinator who has shown he ain’t no Jim Johnson. Whatever the offense manages to accomplish in 2010, will be more than negated by a horrible defense, made worse by the fact that Andy Reid believes that some defensive positions, such as linebacker and safety, which are the Eagles perennial achilles heal, are not critical defense positions. This season will possibly be a winning season, but one and done if they make the playoffs, thanks to a lousy defense, again.

  54. chad says: Apr 7, 2010 9:35 AM

    the eagles defense was 10th last year….and thats with 1 terrible safety and 3 bad linebackers…..if they can add a few nice defensive players through the draft there defense will have the look of one of the best up and coming young D’s in the league….
    oh yeah…and your all idiots

  55. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Apr 7, 2010 9:57 AM

    BlondBlueDevils says:
    April 6, 2010 11:23 PM
    Kolb is the same as Matt “Choke” Ryan – they are accurate up to 20 yards.
    Anything after that, they are just “PICK MACHINES”. In Matt Ryan’s last 16 games started, he has 18 PICKS.
    Kolb will be the same way. The disaster against the Ravens will be the blue print and film studied by the rest of the league.
    There will be a poll asking:
    “Number of days before Kolb is benched”.
    It will make a good story line though for Mike Vick.
    “How to become the face of 2 franchises”
    HA HA HA
    ———————————————–
    Just the guy to be the face of franchises… someone that sets sick animals on fire, a real role model for kids…
    MV will NEVER again be known for anything for inherant, sadistic evil. MV will always be known as a sick animal serial torturer & killer.
    No matter if he has success in Philly, what he is will never change & people will always look at him as a sick, sub-human POS.
    This is forever his legacy – killing sick animals with his own hands, in the most violent ways possible, for kicks…

  56. finsbooyah says: Apr 7, 2010 10:12 AM

    Mooch,
    I get your point and usually totally agree with your assesment of the McNabb situation…
    But please don’t try to site James Thrash and Todd Pinkston as evidence that McNabb indeed had some weapons during his time in Philly, ok. Both of those guys were embarrasments to the Eagles franchise

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