DeSean Jackson has been with the Washington Redskins for a little less than four months, and he already feels like he has an understanding of what the fans are like. During an interview with Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington on Monday, Jackson was quick to point out that Redskins fans are more supportive than Philadelphia Eagles fans.
“It is different,” he said, as transcribed by Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “You know, they’re very supportive here. They’re open. Being out on the field, I’ve been hearing certain things, but they’re good things. In Philly, sometimes things could have gotten a little negative. They booed their own players. But here, you don’t really get that. They’re supporting you, they’re out here.”
Jackson might want to wait until the season actually begins before he passes judgment. As Steinberg noted, Redskins fans booed their team plenty last season. Many of them even booed when Washington went into halftime of the season opener trailing 26-7 against the — wait for it — Eagles. Jackson must have been too busy winning to hear them.
To me, it sounds like Jackson is trying to butter up his new fanbase.
“I mean, just as many people as [were] here in the morning practice come to our walkthrough practices, so that shows you something,” he added. “To not really have a practice and people are still sitting here through a walkthrough, they really are big fans and they support us. Every time we come out here, guys are screaming things at me. And that’s just a great fan base to really have.”
Oh yes, Redskins fans certainly are diehard. But so are Eagles fans, and neither group will hesitate to boo its team if the product on the field stinks. Jackson can only hope he only experiences the booing in one city.