So he's worked through cobwebs, he's suffered, he's recovered, he's fidgeted, he's dusting, and he can't have any fun until Sunday.
HE'S LIKE SOME IMPOVERISHED RITALIN-ADDICTED MAID!
Once upon a time, not too very long ago, taking a key player like Jackson off the field meant a shutdown of sorts for the Eagles offense. These days, that isn't the case. The Eagles have shown enough depth to keep the offense humming without so many key pieces this year, and they did the same without Jackson for a comeback portion of the win against Washington and for 60 minutes of the laugher in Atlanta.
You see, he USED to be important, back when the rest of the offense was shitty, but now they're not so shitty, so he can have all the concussions he wants and we'll keep humming along.
I'VE ALREADY FORGOTTEN WHO I WAS TALKING ABOUT.
But now that Jackson is back, and all the way back and ready to go and to be Roadrunner-fast and lightning-quick and as dangerous as ever against the Giants, it is important that we place his importance in the proper context: Jackson is a home-run hitter, a superior play-making football player who needs his touches.
Spuds doesn't need any sort of specific proof to know Jackson is all the way back. Proof is for nerds.
The hope here is that Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg don't feel the need to "ease" Jackson back into the offensive picture. No, sir. In a game like this, with so much riding on the verdict against the Giants, the best players need the football the most. And Jackson is the best player in the offense. There is no dispute about that.
Ordinarily concussions are a pretty serious matter and since the team already rushed one player back onto the field too soon, it might be wise to be conservative with Jackson, but SCREW HIS BRAIN, WE GOT THE GIANTS THIS WEEK!!!
And he needs the football.
If by "football" you mean "Vicodin."
I wanted to tell you that the Eagles, in their four losses, too often looked away from Jackson and, thus, the offense stalled. But Jackson caught 4 passes against New Orleans, 6 against Oakland, only 2 against Dallas and then 8 against San Diego. So, you could argue that case in the Dallas game and maybe even in the Oakland game, but it doesn't apply throughout. My argument is that Jackson should never be "taken away" by a defense's coverage and the attention paid to him. What's strange here is that in the seven wins Jackson has taken part in, he has averaged 4.1 touches. In the four losses, he has averaged 5.75 touches. (The numbers do not include the return game).
THE THEORY I THOUGHT OF IS COMPLETELY WRONG BUT I AM TOO LAZY TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER THEORY. DESEAN JACKSON IS OUR BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER BECAUSE I SAID SO.
So maybe there isn't a particularly locked-in case I can make for how important it is to get Jackson the ball against New York. Maybe there is no statistical correlation here, no iron-clad data that says that if Jackson touches the ball so many times, the Eagles will average so many points.
Maybe I should've written about Leonard Weaver. Or the offensive line. Or the run defense.
I just know that the Eagles need to get down the field against New York, and that Jackson is the most lethal weapon they have.
He's like their Mel Gibson! I BET HE HATES JEWS TOO.
New York's pass coverage has been up and down this year. Injuries to linebacker Antonio Pierce, cornerback Aaron Ross and safety Kenny Phillips have really retarded the growth of New York's back seven. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo passed for nearly 400 yards in the game last Sunday. There were certainly plays to be made by the Cowboys. When it mattered, though, New York's defense prevailed.
Playing Tony Romo made the Giants defense less retarded.
The challenge for the Eagles offense is to maximize drives. Yeah, yeah Donovan McNabb will "take what the defense gives him" and we know how that footballspeak goes. The Giants could very well play a deep shell and give up a bunch of underneath stuff and force the Eagles to score touchdowns in the red zone. That is a common line of thinking, that there is no way the Giants will let Jackson and Jeremy Maclin get over the top of the safeties.
There is no way the Giants will let the Eagles do to them what everybody else does to them, which also happens to be what the Eagles do to everybody else. Including the Giants, a month ago.
If that's the case, so be it. The Eagles have to be efficient. They have to give McNabb time to set up and throw the ball -- the forecast is for cold weather, but not overly windy -- and then move the chains and get into scoring position. I don't know how many long balls the Eagles will attempt.
The Eagles have to throw deep to Jackson because he is their deep threat unless the Giants take him away as a deep threat and if that's the case the offense has to do something else.
I don't know how many long balls the Eagles will attempt. I don't know how many seven-step drops you want to have against a very dangerous Giants pass rush.
Giants very dangerous pass rush: 25 sacks, tied for 17th in the NFL.
Jackson has to be a focal point in every game the rest of the season. The Eagles have been extremely creative getting him his touches and that has to continue. He averages 17.5 yards per catch. He can run the ball from anywhere in the formation. He is the biggest of the big-play members of the Eagles offense, and he has to be front and center in whatever the Eagles do offensively on Sunday night.
We have to use Jackson completely differently than we have so far this season, where our offense has been largely successful.
The Eagles made it through a game without Jackson, just as they have done minus Brian Westbrook and Kevin Curtis, etc. for most of the season. Now the pieces are starting to come back to the puzzle, and the challenge for the coaching staff is to keep the rhythm and still get the best players the most touches.
It will be challenging to play as well with our best players as we have with guys who weren't as good.
Jackson is the best player. He needs the touches. New York, I'm sure, has a player in practice this week (Sinorice Moss, maybe?) wearing a red No. 10 on its scout team. The Giants are well aware of Jackson's ability and they are going to try to smother him. No matter. He needs the football to make the offense take flight.
Even though the Giants are game planning to take him away, and even though the stats show we play better when we don't force Jackson the ball, we should totally force Jackson the ball.
The haze of the concussion is over and Jackson is doing his thing in practice. On Sunday night, in the glare of the national television lights, Jackson must be the featured piece of an Eagles offense hoping to click for 60 minutes in a huge, huge NFC East game.
I AM HOPING SOMEONE ON THE GIANTS COACHING STAFF READS THIS SO THEY'LL BE SUPRISED WHEN WE USE JACKSON AS A DECOY.