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DeSean Jackson warns against believing the Super Bowl hype for Eagles

DeSean Jackson warns against believing the Super Bowl hype for Eagles

You're not going to hear DeSean Jackson label the Eagles a Super Bowl team. You're not going to hear any grand predictions or preseason boasts.

Not from him.

He’s seen it all after six years with the Eagles, three with the Redskins and two with the Buccaneers.

He knows the Eagles are loaded, but he also knows that loaded teams aren't always the ones that win the Super Bowl.

The 22-year-old DeSean may have approached this differently, but the wise, mature, experienced 32-year-old DeSean knows what can happen when a talented team starts buying into the hype.

I’ve been on very talented teams,” Jackson said Thursday, after his first training camp practice in Philadelphia since 2013. “The mindset’s not the same [as here]. The hard work’s not the same, the composure and the mentality’s not the same. I just felt since I was here [the first time], I felt like the mentality of the culture and the mindset is different from everywhere else that I ever played. That’s what you miss.

Jackson was a rookie when the Eagles went to the 2008 NFC Championship Game. His 62-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch gave the Eagles a late lead against the Cards in Glendale, Arizona, and should have propelled the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

Instead, he’s still waiting for that ring.

So when he hears people all over the country tagging the Eagles with Super Bowl expectations, he’s wary.

You can say, ‘Hey, this team is a Super Bowl team,' and everyone’s on that bandwagon to believe it, or you can say, ‘Hey, we’re not a Super Bowl team and that’s a goal we have and that’s what we want to accomplish and let’s be the underdogs where not everyone is talking about us and there’s not as much pressure.' I think a lot of times when people label, ‘Oh, this is a Super Bowl team,’ then you’re always having to live up to that hype and that noise. So we know the goal, but we’re not going to continuously harp on it because we know it’s a long season and we know what it’s going to take to get there.

Then he added:

It’s like building a house. You have to build certain levels before you have a house. We know what we have to build and that’s what we’re building towards.

Sounds like someone who lived through the Dream Team hype in 2011, right?

That was the beginning of the end for the Eagles and for Jackson.

They went 8-8 in the Dream Team season, then 4-12 in 2012. Andy Reid was out, Chip Kelly was in, and Jackson was gone a year later.

We don’t want to get caught up in putting a phrase or putting a word on the name of our team," Jackson said. "In the past, we were the Dream Team, that’s kind of putting extra attention, extra hype on you that you really don’t need. We all want to win, we all want at the end of the season to hold up the trophy, everybody starting training camp has that same common goal. But the legwork has to be put in, and that’s what I strive for being a part of this team: What can I do to better myself every time I step on this field? What can I teach these young guys to help them be the best professional athletes they can be?

It’s pretty incredible watching Carson Wentz throwing deep balls to DeSean Jackson.

It’s like two eras of Eagles history coming together.

Like Donovan McNabb throwing to Mike Quick or something.

It’s just a good group of guys out here, man,” Jackson said. “Everyone has the same goal. It’s not really individuals. I never sensed that since Day 1 entering the building. They know what it’s like to win, they want to get back and they know what it takes. The goal is set and we just have to put in the work to get to where we want to get to.

And they have a much better chance to get there with one of the greatest deep threats in NFL history back in town.

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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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