Bicknell mum on last year's spat with DeSean

Bicknell mum on last year's spat with DeSean
June 16, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Receivers coach Bob Bicknell insisted he didn't remember too much about his sideline spat with ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson last season. (USA Today Images)

It's hard to believe, but Monday marked the first time wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell spoke with the media since his sideline spat with ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson last Dec. 15 in a 48-30 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota.

Naturally, the topic came up, but even with Jackson long gone after being cut in April, Bicknell barely even acknowledged that it happened.

"Honestly, I don't really remember too much about the situation," Bicknell said, straight-faced, on Monday at the NovaCare Complex.

"It's not something that really was carried very long. It's something I think does happen time to time, but I had no problem with DeSean whatsoever."

With the Eagles down 24-9 early in the third quarter following a Nick Foles interception, Jackson and Bicknell reportedly had to be separated after getting heated on the sideline.

Bicknell was spotted shouting at Jackson as the receiver walked by him, and Jackson screamed back and eventually had to be restrained by teammates Riley Cooper, Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy (see video here). Even head coach Chip Kelly had to come over to try to calm Jackson down.

"It was just a point in the game where you're dealing with a lot of emotions involved, and it's one of those things that happened," Jackson said at the time. "I cannot really discuss what happened. That's what happened, it is what it is."

Rumors circulated about there being tension between Bicknell and Jackson, and considering Kelly's mantra about building a team with good teammates and the Eagles' letting go of the three-time Pro Bowler after the best season of his career, there's probably some truth to those rumors.

"I have no idea [where the rumors came from]," Bicknell said. "I really don't hear or see too much. Obviously the situation, the position we're in, we moved on. I wish him nothing but the best."

Some speculation offered that Bicknell may have thought Jackson could have done more to break up Foles' pass and prevent an interception, but the coach wasn't interested in helping anyone get to the bottom of it.

"All I can say is I've never had a problem with DeSean Jackson," Bicknell said. "I enjoyed coaching him. I enjoyed the year I had with him.

"As a coach, you move on so quickly. Something happens to Jeremy Maclin, [and] Riley Cooper's got to be ready. So once that decision was made, I moved on, but I wish him nothing but the best. He did everything I asked him to do, and I really enjoyed being around him."

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