Eagles Fans' Incredibly Ambivalent Relationship with DeSean Jackson

Eagles Fans' Incredibly Ambivalent Relationship with DeSean Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles are almost spoiled with two of the most talented and electrifying offensive weapons in the game in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Throw in the speed and cannon of Mike Vick and it makes for the chance of excitement every time the Birds have the ball.

But when they need a big play to get back in a game, the chorus from the armchair QBs at home is always the same: send DeSean deep.

Everybody wants to see that.

He really is remarkable to watch at times. When Djacc turns on the jets it seems like nobody in the game can stick with him. But as yesterday's game showed, even when DeSean beats a guy deep on a regular basis, getting the ball cleanly from Vick's hands to No. 10's is not always as easy as it may look.

DeSean dropped one deep ball that seemingly went right through his hands and found himself out of bounds when he caught another. Both incredibly frustrating to watch.

They later connected for a 61-yard score, which makes up a lot for earlier errors, but never entirely.

Those two screw ups aside though, it was a dumb penalty that really got the anti-Djacc blood flowing. It was on the Birds' final touchdown of the day that Jackson really cost his team.

If you didn't get a good look at the boneheaded penalty Jackson was called for on Vick's touchdown run to put them up 27-23 in the fourth, Ray Diddy gives a good description of it in the below video. Basically, DeSean got into it way away from the ball unnecessarily with a Chargers defender and cost his team 15-yards on the kickoff which basically turned into a net 40-yard swing that lead to the Chargers taking the lead for good.

He's a polarizing player, that's for sure. He leads the league in receiving yards after just two games and put up big numbers on Sunday. He found the endzone once for a huge score but as we stated, had his share of mistakes as well.

By all accounts, DeSean is a new player this year, putting the past contract squabble and lackadaisical play behind him. He's poised for a Pro Bowl type season.

Obviously, the defense earns the bulk of the blame for yesterday's loss. Djacc made some great plays for the Birds on Sunday and they probably wouldn't have been in the game without him. Still, if DeSean doesn't get that flag or maybe makes one of those earlier catches and the game could have very easily gone in his favor.

He shared the below photo on Instagram which points out that no individual stats matter when the Eagles don't get the 'W' ... but hey, look at my individual stats anyway.

Embiid and Okafor want to play together, but not just yet, says Brown

Embiid and Okafor want to play together, but not just yet, says Brown

CAMDEN, N.J. — If all goes as planned, a time will come when the Sixers can roll out a dominating frontcourt duo with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor sharing the court in lengthy stretches.

That moment has to wait, though, as both Embiid and Okafor are on minute restrictions. As he returns from a knee injury, Okafor currently is coming off the bench and backing up Embiid.

“This conversation with Jahlil and Joel is more intelligent and applicable at a later date,” Brett Brown said at practice Friday. “When Jahlil’s minutes start going up and Joel can, then it’s a real conversation. I do think you may see them sooner than even I thought together. But as far as making it a real constant part of a strategy or rotation, it’s beyond too early days.”

In an ideal world, Brown could pair the two bigs now and use all of their allotted minutes (Embiid 20, Okafor 14) at once. That would leave an extensive workload on second-year bench player Richaun Holmes.

“This is a hot topic,” Brown said. “I will say it one more time: If I play Jahlil and Jo together, I hope Richaun can play 35 minutes.”

It’s an unrealistic expectation for Holmes, who averaged 13.8 minutes in 51 games last season. Brown caps the majority of the Sixers at six-minute segments to keep them competing at a high energy level.

“Right now, he’s a backup,” Brown said of Holmes. “I think he’s going to be an NBA player for a very long time. I just feel like in the role, he’s a second-year player that didn’t really have much of a role last year. He’s shown everybody that he’s for real. He really can play a role. At this early stage, that is the key word.”

Embiid and Okafor have been envisioning competing together since Okafor was drafted two years ago. They became friends long before they were NBA players and have an easy chemistry on the court as a result.

“I think it’s going to be exciting,” Embiid said. “We played a little bit together today in practice. We’re figuring out how to play with each other. It’s a process and we’ve got trust it.”

Yes, the players know they have to wait, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to resist an opportunity to play with one another.  

“I think once we figure it out, we can really dominate together,” Okafor said. “We were able to flirt with it again today. We accidentally keep ending up on the same team even though Coach keeps telling us to make sure we alternate. But we’re having fun. We’re trying to put some pressure on it because we want to play together.”

Is that accidentally with air quotes?

“Yeah, exactly,” Okafor said with a laugh.

'Trust the process' has a different, more personal meaning to Joel Embiid

'Trust the process' has a different, more personal meaning to Joel Embiid

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid is all about trusting the process.

He manages to insert the well-known phrase into just about every interview, hashtags it on social media and soaks in the chants during games. 

While “trust the process” is commonly associated with former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie’s patience-required approach to building the team — which resulted in three years of dismal losing and suffering setback after setback — Embiid has his personal take on the mantra.

“I think I have my own process,” Embiid said Friday at practice.

Embiid is playing for the first time this season after waiting two years to recover from foot injuries. His long-anticipated debut was a focal point of “the process,” and his return to the court marked a new chapter in the organization.

“I went through two surgeries, lost my brother, thought about some stuff I shouldn’t have thought about, so that’s my own process,” he said. “And then the process of going through the rehab and finally getting back on the court and getting the chance to finally play in the league, that’s my process.”

Embiid is now synonymous with the word. He credits Sixers fans for the moniker, which he added to his Instagram profile. 

“I don’t think it came from me,” he said. “Fans just started and then I just went along with it.”

Wednesday marked the next step in the process, both for the Sixers and Embiid. His regular-season debut (20 points, seven rebounds, two blocks) was a long time coming and garnered buzz all over the NBA world.

“I was the third pick and then I missed two years,” Embiid said. “The excitement in the city, everybody’s happy to finally see me play. Even though it was weird because a lot of people kind of wrote me off a long time ago saying that I’d never play as a Sixer, I’d never play in the league. So it’s all fun. Everybody’s going to have an opinion.”

He’s just got to trust in his own.