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“Code red” could be coming for DeSean

DeSean Jackson, LaRon Landry

Despite recent reports that Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson has concerns about running shallow crossing patterns and/or returning punts due to his small frame and his history of concussions and his lack of a new contract, Jackson publicly has been saying all the right things.

And for good reason.

A league source tells us that veteran players on the Eagles were put off by the perception that Jackson lacked the courage to get hit, and that they have contemplated taking matters into their own hands.

The specific quote from the source, who requested anonymity:  “Vets were going to give 10 a code red if he didn’t quit being a candy ass.”

We asked whether that feeling has dissipated in light of Jackson’s recent comments or whether the potential for a “code red” was still in play, and the source said that it’s still in play.

Though most have never heard the term “code red” beyond the opening and closing credits of 1992’s A Few Good Men, the phrase loosely means in this context that the veterans had planned to confront him about the situation, perhaps physically.

And while there’s no place for that kind of stuff in most modern workplaces, the NFL locker room in many respects is stuck in a time warp.

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  1. edhochuli says: Dec 4, 2010 6:30 PM

    Haha. So DeSean doesn’t want to get hit, and Fat Andy doesn’t want Vick to get hit? I thought this was the NFL…this puss of a team should probably be in skirts playing in Wimbledon.

  2. cw2147 says: Dec 4, 2010 6:31 PM

    Well…. I am pretty sure he is being a little more cautious going over the middle since he took that big hit against the Falcons. It’s natural.

  3. airraid77 says: Dec 4, 2010 6:31 PM

    the continued assault to make the world one giant robot, where nobodies feeling get hurt. PLEASE STOP ALREADY. BULLYING IS GOOD FOR KIDS!!!!!
    As is a kick in the ____ once in a while….

  4. profootballwalk says: Dec 4, 2010 6:35 PM

    Code Red:

    1. Noogies.

    2. Wet Willies.

    3. Wedgie.

    4. Atomic wedgie.

  5. laeaglefan says: Dec 4, 2010 6:59 PM

    Is Jackson going to be braver once he “gets paid”? That fact that he’s short arming passes and avoiding contact at all costs is only hurting him in his pleas for a new contract. Its not helping his oh so precious stat sheet either.

  6. youngs79 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:04 PM

    Hate stories about “unnamed sources”. Say the damn sources or don’t print the story. Period!

  7. sdw2001 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:04 PM

    This is just the weirdest thing I’ve red on PFT.

  8. sdw2001 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:05 PM

    *read. Sorry.

  9. rugdaniels says: Dec 4, 2010 7:08 PM

    Desean’s plenty tough…I’m sure all the dancing, strutting and high stepping he does on the field tuckers the little guy out. I wonder how long it will take him to figure out that taunting and showing up an opposing team is going to make them want to hit you harder?

  10. pittsburghsteelerz says: Dec 4, 2010 7:09 PM

    Roger Goodell is very upset with all this “code red” talk and he will fine James Harrison 50k. Case closed.

  11. hobartbaker says: Dec 4, 2010 7:09 PM

    A Code Yellow for cowardice leads to a Code Brown as DeSean loses control of his bowels.

  12. TheDPR says: Dec 4, 2010 7:11 PM

    The man DOES return punts and runs routes across the middle. He’s got two concussions to show for it. Does he have to like it, too?

    They need to cut him some slack. It’s easy for a DB who never hits anyone or a LB who always makes tackles with the help of two or three other teammates to criticize a WR for not wanting to get his head smashed in; they’re not the ones putting their brains at risk for 60 snaps a game.

  13. snarkygurl says: Dec 4, 2010 7:13 PM

    cw2147 says:
    Dec 4, 2010 6:31 PM
    Well…. I am pretty sure he is being a little more cautious going over the middle since he took that big hit against the Falcons. It’s natural
    =================
    It may be natural, but these guys get paid alot of money and knew what they were signing up for going in to the NFL. The guys who play all-out have got to resent this pansy. Suck it up, shake it off and put the big boy panties on Jackson….

  14. mean13 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:13 PM

    Code Red for the wimpy Eagles? Please.

  15. "Coach"Davis says: Dec 4, 2010 7:23 PM

    The E-Girl players need to take a cue fron “The-Rock”. Layith the smackdown on D. Jackson’s candy ass!!

    “And while there’s no place for that kind of stuff in most modern workplaces, the NFL locker room in many respects is stuck in a time warp.” M. Florio

    Florio just because you want a PC world where everyone gets a gold star. No-ones feelings ever get hurt. Naughty words are banned etc etc….Most of us don’t. Whats next?? Boxing where you cant throw a punch??….

  16. bleedeaglegreen says: Dec 4, 2010 7:25 PM

    #
    pittsburghsteelerz says: Dec 4, 2010 7:09 PM

    Roger Goodell is very upset with all this “code red” talk and he will fine James Harrison 50k. Case closed.
    ———————-

    LOL GREAT!

  17. xxakshunxx says: Dec 4, 2010 7:34 PM

    if you cant name your source how do we know this isnt something that some guy just made up to get more traffic on his website.. i mean i know that everything on the internet is usually true, like Terry Bradshaw being dead right??

  18. commandercornpone says: Dec 4, 2010 7:36 PM

    sounds like he is more of a code pink kind of person.

  19. cobrala says: Dec 4, 2010 7:37 PM

    Let’s do a time warp! Yeah!!!

  20. meattuperello says: Dec 4, 2010 7:41 PM

    Who needs a code red when you have Vick?

    Just let Vick electrocute him, beat him, drown him, or hang him.

  21. bodybaggame says: Dec 4, 2010 7:51 PM

    So we have a story about another player from another team, but we have a Steelers fan whining about Harrison’s fines in the comment section, as if the money is coming out of their pocket. Do Steelers fans take a course in Whining? Will you whine if someone calls him Jimmy or Jimbo Harrison?

  22. starman2112 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:58 PM

    Bitch Slap

  23. goldrush36 says: Dec 4, 2010 8:08 PM

    Nothing like a good drilling from a teammate to make you stop being a puss. It’s a long standing tradition to hang out your prima donna WR/TE for a nice shot by your linebacker or safety. It means so much more when it comes from your own team

  24. mikeflorioismybitch says: Dec 4, 2010 8:12 PM

    THIS IS THE NFL EVERYONE WANTS!!!!

    Dont hit me, I’ll break…..Good Job Florio and the rest of the media, you got your wish for a punk NFL.

  25. gcsuk says: Dec 4, 2010 8:13 PM

    I thought the comment by pittsburghsteelerz was classic. Then I read the comment by hobartbaker and it was even better.

    Nice way to prop up a fairly weak “story” guys.

    I’m a Giants fan and as much as I dislike DeSean Jackson, even I find this story a bit manufactured.

  26. kd75 says: Dec 4, 2010 8:14 PM

    Capt. Ross: Just flip open to the page of the book that talks about code reds.
    Cpl. Barnes: Well, sir code red is a term that we use, I mean, just down at Gitmo, I really don’t think that…
    Capt. Ross: Ah, we’re in luck then. Standard Operating Procedures, Rifle Security Company, Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Now I assume we’ll find the term code red and its definition in that book. Am I right?
    Cpl. Barnes: No sir.
    Kaffee: Corporal would you open this book up to the part that says that where the mess hall is.
    Cpl. Barnes: Well, Lt Kaffee, that’s not in the book either, sir.
    Kaffee: You mean to say the entire time you’ve been at Gitmo you’ve never had a meal?
    Cpl. Barnes: No, sir. Three squares a day, sir.
    Kaffee: Well, I don’t understand. How did you know where the mess hall was if it wasn’t in this book?
    Cpl. Barnes: I guess I just followed the crowd at chow time, sir.

  27. ganggreene says: Dec 4, 2010 8:16 PM

    This is kind of stupid. Why would you want your star WR (who has a history of concussions) to take big hits? The guy is like 180 pounds! Of course he is going to avoid big hits if he can. Its called common sense. Shame on Desean for wanting to still have brain cells when he retires!

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 4, 2010 8:23 PM

    Well isn’t DeSean just following Goodell’s model for the new, contact-free NFL?

  29. tombrookshire says: Dec 4, 2010 8:23 PM

    Yeah, wonder if Asante Samuel got the code red biz before he started laying wood to the guy he got fined 40 grand for making the phone ring. Were I Reid, I would stay out of it and let the players sort it out. Perhaps a leader might emerge from somewhere, either defense or offense. The Eagles are a laid back bunch who like to live and let live and not give anyone the biz. These Eagles are always looking at some other guy to get the job done. It used to be McNabb. This team lacks a hard ass defensive or offensive enforcer who gets into players faces when called for. And if this team is going anywhere except the golf course even if they make the first playoff game, an enforcer better step up, and into someone’s face and, have the whole locker room behind him. If you were to pin me down, I can’t think of one single guy who is like Reggie White, or Brian Dawkins who could look Jackson in the eye and not blink while telling him where it is at in pro football. Man up Eagles. It is like Doug Collins taking Iggie and Brand aside and asking them to take a leadership role. How’s that workin’ out coach?

  30. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Dec 4, 2010 8:35 PM

    this story sounds far -fetched, … he got 2 concussions in less than a year, & after the first one Jackson told TSNews that he felt pressure by Marty Morningwig to get back on the field, the NFL was suprisingly quiet about THAT … it’s not like Jackson runs slants, posts, & shallow crosses, [I know he got lit up on a shallow cross}, but he’s a small speed guy who plays outside the hash marks, … don’t think the NFL would tolerate something like this, which makes me think there’s nothing to this story

  31. lowleadman says: Dec 4, 2010 8:39 PM

    Desian Jackson. The greatest wide reciever since Terry Glenn.

  32. dccowboy says: Dec 4, 2010 8:41 PM

    Hey, Maybe Reid can complain to the League office about Jackson taking too many hits and get them to outlaw people hitting Jackson.

  33. advocado5 says: Dec 4, 2010 8:46 PM

    Judge Banner: *Consider yourself in Contempt!*
    Lurie: *Coach Reid, did you order the Code Red?*
    Judge Banner: You *don’t* have to answer that question!
    Coach Reid: Uhh … I’ll answer the … uh … question!
    [to Smith]
    Coach Reid: Ahem … You want answers?
    Lurie: I think I’m entitled.
    Coach Reid: *You want …uh … answers?*
    Lurie: *I want the truth!*
    Coach Reid: *You …uh … can’t handle the … ahem .. truth!*
    [pauses]
    Coach Reid: *Ahem* Son, we uh live in a world that has defenses, and those uh defenses have to be exposed by uh men with legs. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Hank Baskett? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Jackson, and you curse the Eagles. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Jackson’s trade, while tragic, probably saved a season. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves a season. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that team, you need me on that team. We use words like team work, time management, and no huddle offense. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent exposing something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very offense that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up the Rock, and run a skinny post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
    Lurie: Did you order the Code Red?
    Coach Reid: I did the job I…
    Lurie: *Did you order the Code Red?*
    Col. Jessep: *You’re Goddamn right I did!*

  34. SteelTown6 says: Dec 4, 2010 9:12 PM

    “The specific quote from the source, who requested anonymity…”

    In other words, there’s no proof whatsoever that this ever even occurred.

    Just another day at PFT…

  35. freedomispopular says: Dec 4, 2010 9:18 PM

    Freddie Mitchell Jr.?

  36. ravensrule says: Dec 4, 2010 10:16 PM

    You cant handle the truth Florio

  37. billsgotballs says: Dec 4, 2010 10:19 PM

    Avocado5:

    That’s the post of the year. That’s right up there with Sexy Rexy Grossman on Kissing Suzy Kolber. Awesome!

  38. easyeddie says: Dec 4, 2010 10:41 PM

    Unnamed source? How in hell did Florio pass journalism school? Anonymous sources are garbage and all competent journalists know it and don’t use them. Amateur basement bloggers do. Which is Florio?

  39. benchokeshischikin says: Dec 4, 2010 11:45 PM

    Stay Classy Pittsburgh!!!!

    To perform the Code Red, Coach Reid is going to call in assistance from Western PA….that’s right, Big Jen is going to pay a visit to Desean…and Big Ben’s little johnson is going to give Desean the Code Red…let him have it Bennie!!!

    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!

  40. shallowfan says: Dec 4, 2010 11:55 PM

    “And while there’s no place for that kind of stuff in most modern workplaces, the NFL locker room in many respects is stuck in a time warp.”

    So, in your article it sounds like you are good with this code red thing since the nfl locker room is stuck in a time warp. Yet, you rant about the nfl locker room being stuck in a time warp when it comes to the Ines situation and women in the locker room. Which is it? Is it good to be in a time warp or not. If not, then you should be as discusted with this code red talk as you are with the players harassing women in the locker room.

    Right?

  41. kolbfan says: Dec 5, 2010 12:15 AM

    @brookshire
    McNabb was an enforcer???
    WTF

    More fishing for PFT on a non story…

  42. philtration says: Dec 5, 2010 1:26 AM

    The Eagles have quickly become the biggest puss team in the NFL.

  43. birdsfan2020 says: Dec 5, 2010 3:23 AM

    I think the media manufactures all this stuff. I don’t even really feel that Jackson shies away from contact. I actually think he’s pretty tough for his size. I can really only think of one instance where he may have alligator armed a ball. But if you’re 170 pounds soaking wet, of course you’re going to try to avoid big hits, especially when you already have two concussions on your resume. It’s common sense. As an Eagles fan, I could definitely do without the showboating, but I’m happy to have him and I’m pretty sure there are 31 other teams that would be happy to have him too. Maybe that’s why he’s getting all of this negative attention…because he’s flashy. It blows my mind that this is even a topic. Maclin consistently avoids contact and he has at least 30 pounds on Jackson. Has anyone ever seen him try to return a punt or kick…it’s embarrasing. But no one says anything about that. Does anyone recall the game against Dallas last year when McNabb threw Maclin a deep ball down the sideline near the endzone and the ball dropped right in front of him? Maclin completely disregarded the ball to watch the safety coming at him. I had never seen anything like that in pro football…and nobody said anything. I guess he’s not flashy enough. This stuff is a joke. And regardless, I’m happy to have both guys on the team.

  44. stixzidinia says: Dec 5, 2010 8:48 AM

    Stay Classy Pittsburgh!!!!

    To perform the Code Red, Coach Reid is going to call in assistance from Western PA….that’s right, Big Jen is going to pay a visit to Desean…and Big Ben’s little johnson is going to give Desean the Code Red…let him have it Bennie!!!

    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!

    ———————————-

    That was…..totally and completely unfunny. Leave the jokes to those with a knack for wit and knocking out the printed word.

  45. philyeagles5 says: Dec 5, 2010 9:31 AM

    almost every WR goes through this in their career at one time or another. give him a break.

  46. dbick says: Dec 5, 2010 10:49 AM

    i’d much rather see desean burning secondaries deep in january then see him ktfo’d going over the middle in november/december. dude is tiny as hell, send avant over the middle.

  47. robsterny says: Dec 5, 2010 11:07 AM

    *L*..This all makes me laugh….I have 3 friends who are Eagles fans…They are good guys except they all 3 have the same character trait. They are WHINE BABIES….Is this a Philly thing? *LOL*

    This all starts at the HC….My quaeterback gets hit too much..Wah..Wah..Wah.. Lets just play tennis then Andy!……They better start with the code red,while there are still enough MEN on the team.

    Start with your head coach!

  48. robsterny says: Dec 5, 2010 11:08 AM

    Excuse the mis-spelled quarterback.

  49. golfenigma says: Dec 5, 2010 11:13 AM

    Randall Pinkston revisited..

  50. sdw2001 says: Dec 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    You mean TODD Pinkston. Hello?

  51. sdw2001 says: Dec 5, 2010 12:04 PM

    robsterny says:
    Dec 5, 2010 11:07 AM
    *L*..This all makes me laugh….I have 3 friends who are Eagles fans…They are good guys except they all 3 have the same character trait. They are WHINE BABIES….Is this a Philly thing? *LOL*

    This all starts at the HC….My quaeterback gets hit too much..Wah..Wah..Wah.. Lets just play tennis then Andy!……They better start with the code red,while there are still enough MEN on the team.

    Start with your head coach!

    Philly fans don’t whine….we complain. A lot. As for Andy Reid, could you please try and comprehend? He’s talking about cheap shots…after the whistle or illegal hits between the whistle.

  52. nekelund says: Dec 5, 2010 12:30 PM

    @easyeddie:

    Note that this blog is the Latest News & Rumors, not the Latest News. Florio has made no secret that he will report rumors – that said, he is usually upfront about when information comes from an anonymous or dubious source. If what you want is only traditional, double-sourced news, there are plenty of other outlets to get it. Also, Florio was a lawyer, not a journalist.

  53. robsterny says: Dec 5, 2010 2:09 PM

    @sdw2001

    If your quarterback runs WITH THE BALL all bets are off!…nobody has helmeted him!…and shots to the legs …Thats the way it goes…Try sliding,it could save him some grief.

    In case you havent heard …NOBODY likes a constant complainer/whiner.

  54. sdw2001 says: Dec 5, 2010 6:06 PM

    robsterny says:
    Dec 5, 2010 2:09 PM
    @sdw2001

    If your quarterback runs WITH THE BALL all bets are off!…nobody has helmeted him!…and shots to the legs …Thats the way it goes…Try sliding,it could save him some grief.

    In case you havent heard …NOBODY likes a constant complainer/whiner.

    ——

    I’m afraid you’re wrong on all counts. He HAS taken helmet to helmet shots. He HAS been hit after the whistle. Players HAVE gone low on him. For other QBs, this would be the “roughing the Brady” rule. But not for him. These things are against the rules, whether we think they should be or not. Those rules are not being enforced equally.

    No one is talking about him getting hit hard or tackled hard when he runs with the ball. No one is blaming anyone but him for his inability and/or unwillingness to slide. I agree that this is probably going to get him injured.

    And for the record, I’m not whining at all. I just think Reid has a point. Remember, Reid, for all his faults, does not complain about the officials publicly. He’s never ONCE been fined for doing so.

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