DeSean Jackson Deactivated for Missing Team Meeting, Eagles Likely Done

DeSean Jackson was held out of the Eagles game Sunday after missing a team meeting Saturday morning. His spokesman says the missed meeting was an honest mistake and that DeSean overslept. A supposed alarm clock mishap forced the Eagles to play without one of their biggest playmakers Sunday against the Cardinals and they ended up losing 21-17.

Philadelphia has been by far the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. Their run defense and linebacker play has been poor all year. Early in the season, it looked like they could outscore opponents but they were committing too many turnovers. Then they crushed the Cowboys on Sunday night following their bye week and appeared back on track. Since then, they’ve lost two in a row including Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, against whom they were a 14-point favorite. They’re 3-6 and have a difficult schedule ahead, so their chances of reaching the playoffs this year is practically done. A 7-9 finish is likely.

Back to Jackson, you really have to question if it was an honest mistake or if the missed meeting was the product of a bad attitude. Jackson also reportedly was late to a team meeting earlier in the week. Between the missed meeting and teammates suspecting that Jackson is avoiding contract to make sure he doesn’t get hurt, it’s pretty clear that DeSean’s bad attitude is a problem.

If Philly really wanted to make sure he was there for the meeting, they should have told him cameras from Good Morning America were filming. Then he would have been there early and on his best behavior.

Philadelphia Eagles Facing a Must-Win Against Redskins in Week 6

In the NFL, every game counts. With only 16 regular season games any week could be mean the difference between making the playoffs and going home at the start of the new year. That being said, anyone who says no one game is more important than the next is clueless. Just ask the Philadelphia Eagles.

As they prepare to take on the first-place Redskins on Sunday, the Eagles are looking to save their season.  Michael Vick has thrown more interceptions during Philadelphia’s 1-4 start than he did all of last season when he took over as the starter.  The Eagles are terrible against the rush, ranking 30th in the NFL.  A defense that can’t stop the run and an offense that struggles protecting the ball is a perfect recipe for failure.  That is precisely why Vick and company are looking to drop the “Dream Team” references and turn their season around.

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Michael Vick on Eagles Start: The Dream Team Thing is Over

Is it impossible to make the playoffs in the NFL if you start out 1-4? Certainly not, but it doesn’t help. That is why the Eagles have such an important game this weekend in Buffalo. Already in a hole, a loss to the Bills would further suck the confidence out of Philadelphia and have Andy Reid in danger of losing his players.

What the Eagles need to do is stop making excuses and find a way to close out games.  They also need to rapidly shed their sense of entitlement, which is why Michael Vick told PhiladelphiaEagles.com on Tuesday that the whole “Dream Team” thing no longer applies to this team.

“The dream team thing is over,” Vick told the website according to Pro Football Talk. “Now we just have to forget about everything that’s happened and take it one game at a time. That’s what I’ve sensed in the locker room. I sense change. Nobody’s happy about this.”

“It’s the worst,” he said when asked about the Eagles 1-3 record. “At this level, in a game of this magnitude, especially for our organization and how hard we’ve worked, it makes it very difficult. Now the only thing to do is to go out there and get it worked out.”

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Eagles Reporter Howard Eskin Said He’d Bike to San Francisco if 49ers beat Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin was so confident the Eagles would beat the 49ers Sunday, he told a San Francisco radio station he’d bike cross country if the team lost.

Appearing with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger on KNBR Friday, Eskin declared the Eagles a “stone-cold mortal lock.”

“I will tell you right now, there is no chance the 49ers will win. Zero,” he stated. “I’ll take a bike from Philadelphia to San Francisco [if the 49ers beat the Eagles].

“There’s no way the Eagles go 1-3. None. Absolutely none.”

Naturally, the Eagles proceeded to blow a 23-3 3rd quarter lead, missing two field goals and fumbling on their final drive to lose 24-23. The self-proclaimed “Dream Team” is now 1-3.

Eskin, you may recall, is the same person who reported that Michael Vick would be out 2-4 weeks after injuring his hand last week. Vick didn’t miss any games. Eskin also said in July that the Eagles would be interested in Brett Favre as a backup once Kevin Kolb was traded. They signed Vince Young instead.

We’ll consider this strike three for Eskin, who apparently learned nothing from the failures of LA radio host John Ireland. You can listen to Eskin’s radio guarantee in the audio clip below. Thanks to Injury Rate for the tip.

UPDATE: As Off the Bench pointed out to us, Eskin’s son wrote a blog post demanding that his father honor the bet. Let’s hope he does.

Andy Reid: Rams Brought More Than we Could Handle

The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13 Sunday in their season opener. The final score indicates it was a blowout, but the game was actually close the first half. A big reason why the Eagles didn’t run away with things early is because of the pressure the Rams’ defense put on quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick was 14-32 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Many of his throws went for large chunks, but overall he was on the run for much of the game. He was sacked three times and hit 11 times according to ESPN, but he did run for 98 yards. Perhaps that’s why he said he played lights out. For anyone who watched the game, you noticed that the Eagles offensive line struggled. Philly head coach Andy Reid said after the game that was a tribute to St. Louis.

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Roger Goodell, NFL Reportedly Convinced Michael Vick to Join Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re wondering why Michael Vick chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles out of prison instead of a team where he would have had a chance to start, it’s because the NFL reportedly influenced his decision. In an interview conducted for GQ, Vick tells Will Leitch that he didn’t want to sign with the Eagles as a third-string quarterback.

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth… I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.”

With those comments, Vick will have ticked off at least two fan bases, and his words should incense the fans, 31 other owners, and the NFLPA. FOXSports.com reported the Bengals offered Vick a two-year contract after he was released from prison. Buffalo had just brought in Terrell Owens and wanted Vick too. Clearly Goodell did not want him starting immediately after prison and directed him to the Eagles which is nothing short of fixing the league.

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Rob Ryan Says Cowboys Will ‘Beat the Ass’ of Hyped-Up Eagles

The Eagles have grabbed everyone’s attention by signing several notable players in free agency. Vince Young termed his new squad a “Dream Team.” Newcomer Jason Babin agreed, saying Philly was like the the Miami Heat of the NFL. We advised Philly that it wasn’t wise to make themselves a target, but it’s too late. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has already taken aim at them.

“[The Cowboys have] proven players, and that’s what we need,” Ryan said Monday according to the Star-Telegram. “I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”

That’s exactly what Philly gets. They wasted no time putting a target on their back and now they’ll have the entire NFL gunning for them. That’s not how you win a Super Bowl. The Miami Heat came close in the NBA but they lost. I imagine the Eagles will have the same fate, even if it isn’t the Cowboys that beat them.

Just like that, Rob Ryan has managed to become similar to his twin brother Rex.