PHILADELPHIA -- Andy Reid's spirited defense of DeSean Jackson on Friday makes a lot more sense when you realize it wasn't really a defense of the childish wide receiver at all. It was really Reid's defending Reid against the growing perception that he has lost control of his football team.
In the span of four days, the Eagles lost two ugly games amid some strange sideline goings-on. During Sunday's beat down by the Patriots, two assistant coaches embarrassed themselves, their boss, and their players by getting into a spat. Thursday night, while there was plenty more evidence his team just doesn't care very much, the NFL Network focused on Jackson's apparent misbehavior.
The bicoastal debacle came just three weeks after Reid himself suspended Jackson for a must-win game that turned into a loss against Arizona. And a few weeks before that, veteran cornerback Asante Samuel publicly mocked the front office for playing "fantasy football" with owner Jeff Lurie's money.