The latest inconsequential war of words to sweep the NFL news world has been the recent response of Donovan McNabb to the comments DeSean Jackson made to Sporting News in an interview last month. In the interview, Jackson said that he was "very happy with the decision" by the Eagles organization to trade McNabb to the Redskins. He also went on to say that, "I don't think we lost anything, even with McNabb being gone," leading many to label this as a personal attack on his former quarterback.
Yesterday, McNabb responded to Jackson's comments with the following statement:
"It's so wild when people get to talking when you're not there, but when you're there everybody loves you. So I guess people will go deeper into it than I will. I'm a Redskin, no longer an Eagle. I had 11 great years and I'm moving on with my life, so whoever may say things when I'm gone, more power to them, but it's not making you look like a bigger man."
Sure you could call DeSean Jackson the next Terrell Owens (ESPN is already drawing the comparison), but that would be failing to look at the big picture. Take a look at how the Eagles offense has changed over the course of the offseason. They have gotten significantly younger, cut a lot of dead weight, and allowed budding talents like Jeremy Maclin, Kevin Kolb, and LeSean McCoy to flourish. And this isn't even counting the massive improvements made to the defense! The "young guns" as Jackson calls them, are a dynamic group with a high level of confidence. By stating that he didn't think the team lost anything with the departure of McNabb, couldn't Jackson merely have been affirming his confidence, not only in the front office, but also in Kevin Kolb and the rest of the team? Besides, the fact remains that McNabb is a Redskin now. He is the enemy. Sure, you show respect to your rivals, but not at the expense of your own team.