Whether DeSean Jackson was trying to ignite changes in Washington's offense or was simply frustrated after a poor showing, his "I can't throw the ball to myself" comments following his team's loss to the Patriots on Sunday have caused quite a stir around the nation's capital.
On Monday, Jay Gruden responded to them in his weekly press conference, saying that Jackson is indeed correct in saying that he's not the play caller and can't throw the ball to himself, then mentioning how the speedster's absence from OTAs and much of training camp could've played a role in his disappointing return. Brian Mitchell, however, wants the attention to be diverted elsewhere on that side of the ball.
"If you'll not say stuff about your quarterbacks, don't say stuff about your receivers, the rest of your players," Mitchell said after Gruden's press conference on CSN's Jay Gruden Live.
When asked about his opinion on what Jackson said, Mitchell indicated he has no problem with the receiver's comments.
"He said, 'When they come to me, call my number, I'll be ready.' That's what he supposed to be. Be ready."
There's no doubt that Jackson was ineffective in Foxboro, hauling in just three catches for only 15 yards. But Mitchell thinks the play from under center could be a reason why Jackson didn't see much action.
"Is Kirk too afraid to make those throws down the field?" Mitchell said. "If he is, he should stop, because they have already said he's gonna be the quarterback all year. You have to sometimes give your players the opportunity to be who they are. You cannot wait for them to be completely wide open before you let the football go."
Mitchell ended his reaction by offering some advice to the Burgundy and Gold's QB.
"He better start trusting himself," he said. "People are not going to keep allowing that excuse of 'growing' to be the excuse."