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DeSean Jackson is expecting positive energy flowing from the stands Sunday, when the Eagles aim to snap their 10-game home losing streak. (AP)
DeSean Jackson has a message for the nearly 70,000 fans that are going to jam Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
We need you.
“[We need] everybody in the stands really encouraging instead of the opposite,” Jackson said. “Trying to get that energy to be on our side. I feel like it’s against us sometimes.”
Jackson understands why fans boo. He understands how frustrating it is when the team you love and support hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008, hasn’t had a winning season since 2010 and is riding the longest home losing streak in franchise history.
He said he doesn’t blame the fans for the 10-game losing streak but does think it can’t hurt if they’re supportive when things don’t go well instead of raining boos down on the Lincoln Financial Field turf.
“Going into the game sometimes, when you’re three minutes into a game when you hear boos and things like that, that’s kind of crazy to hear,” Jackson said after practice Tuesday.
“[I would] never blame that for the reason you’re losing, because you’re a professional athlete and you’ve got a job to do go out there and win a game. Within our locker room, there’s no game where we feel we don’t have a shot to win a game.
“We already have to beat our opponent. Now we’re trying to fight our fans. That energy to help us go out there and help us [get an] interception, delay of game penalty, whatever it is, we need them on our side, not against us.
“Can’t blame anybody but ourselves for losing a game. As long as we have that energy to help us go out there and win, that’s all we need.”
Jackson has been here longer than almost anybody.
Only Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, Jason Avant, Jon Dorenbos and Brent Celek have been on the roster longer than Jackson, who is having a career year with 54 catches for 903 yards and seven touchdowns through 10 games.
With 6 ½ years experience as an Eagle comes perspective. His experience and production also make Jackson a locker room leader, and he’s protective of the young players that make up the bulk of the roster and have no idea about 52 years without a championship, four NFC Championship Game losses in eight years or anything else that adds to half a century of fan frustration.
“For myself, I understand it, being here six years,” he said. “I could understand where the frustration comes from and why the fans are the way they are.
“But to the younger guys, I don’t think they really understand the ins and outs of why it is we’re getting booed and the frustration and where it’s coming from. I’ll take the booing. Let them boo me. But don’t boo the younger guys.”
Jackson made it clear he’s not blaming booing or a lack of fan support on game day for the Eagles’ bizarre record -- 0-4 at home, 5-1 on the road.
But it doesn’t help, he said.
“Just something we can sense, we can feel it,” he said. “Myself, being here in the past and hearing what’s going on, what’s being said, it definirely doesn’t help, but it’s not to make it out to be anyhting to blame [the losses] on.
“They support us and they do a good job of that. We do hear it, and we’re out there trying to do everything we can to win games. So we just need the support, regardless of whether we’re doing good or doing bad.”