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Why the Chargers should NOT sign DeSean Jackson


In need of a speeding WR who can stretch defenses? (Check)

In need of a return man who can provide excellent field position? (Check)

In need of a play maker who can score any time he touches the ball? (Check)

In need of a WR to take the pressure off of Keenan Allen? (Check)

In need of a WR capable of 1,000 plus yards and over 7 TDs? (Check and Check)

 

Let’s set aside the fact that we do not have the money to sign DeSean Jackson and the chances of him taking a pay cut to join the Chargers is as close to zero as the chances of the five foot nothin’, pimply faced computer geek getting a date with Kate Upton.

 

The question then becomes: SHOULD we sign Jackson?

 

The answer, my fellow Bolt fans, is no.

 

NO!?? (You all scream).  Are you crazy? (You add). This guy is an All Pro and the kind of talent that makes defenses cringe, (You say).

 

Hear me out.

 

Championships are built one brick at a time. Each time a player lifts a weight, or runs a sprint at 100% he is adding a brick. Each time he is late for a meeting or loafs on a play he takes one away. I know what you’re thinking: Desean Jackson adds more bricks than he takes away. On paper, perhaps. In reality, perhaps not.

 

The Chargers are not quite at the Belechick Patriots level in that they can add a player and that player metamorphosizes into a suddenly well behaved athlete, aka Randy Moss. A team has to establish itself as the example franchise with repeated successes and unquestioned character before such a player can be added to the fold. It sure looks like the Chargers are making the right choices in leadership with the addition of Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy, but when you add a player of questionable character , you delay the climb to the pinnacle.

 

The questions surrounding Jackson have not been fully answered. Is he really some of things the media is suggesting he is? Shouldn’t he be “innocent until proven guilty?” In a court of law, yes. When adding him to your football team, no.

 

The Eagles saw fit to cut him loose. If that is not a blaring, flashing light, horn sounding red flag, then perhaps we need to be hit with a two-by-four. He’ll produce great numbers for a team that without a long established example of character players and winning tradition, and they will lose. Let the Raiders sign him.

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  • jcrisp

    Thank u so much for this article I truly could not agree more

  • Gunnar Martin

    Yes! Awesome stuff Michael, you hit it right on the nose. Love the championship/brick analogy. I’m gonna have to use that some time ;)

    Let the Raiders sign him indeed.

    • Julien Bélair

      ya….but don’t put Wright on him …haha

      • Michael Norton

        We’ll put Verrett or Fuller on him…

  • Nick Mansoor

    Amen child, amen. God bless you for this article haha

  • Daniel Sutter

    Agreed in every sense. yes he would be dynamic for us, but really ask yourself; for the amount of money and the question marks around his character (true or false) is he the guy we ‘need’? Can we get the production we are looking for without the question marks. I believe we can and i believe we will. Gotta remember that a great QB (such as PR17) can make any reciever play at a high level and be dynamic for our team.Just gonna have to wait for the draft or possible roster cuts to get our guy. Dont just jump at a name because its a big well known name. TT has this dialed in in my opinion. Lets create out own big names through the draft and build up our team with unquestioned character. In TT we must trust! He will make the right call…

    • Michael Norton

      Daniel- Well said. I especially agree that Rivers can make his receivers
      look good (and has repeatedly). I like Ajirotutu, but really, who was
      he before PR17? Alexander too for that matter. I have a really good
      feeling about our brain trust with TT and MM and it sounds like you do
      too. And I honestly have not ever had this good a feeling about
      leadership within our organization.

      • Daniel Sutter

        right! so glad that joker AJ is gone lol. More and more ppl are finally buying in to the new leadership. Love Tutu as well and totally agree that he is what Rivers makes him, except on ST where he just has that nack.

    • esco charger

      Is that why Vincent brown looked so good for us ???? Or is that why we had to sign Alexander from the streets a year ago are receivers cant get separation Floyd might be done we have royal who is always hurt no one in the draft is a sure thing there is also bust rivers is a great QB but we need help with speed and the return game Djax solves all those and no wasted draft pick smart guys

      • Michael Norton

        Daniel Snyder is a prime example as to why you don’t just throw money at talent. It isn’t just about talent. Winning football is creating a culture of character and family and meshing it with talent that fits a scheme and fits together. Buying teams doesn’t work. It has been proven over and over again. Smart guys know that.

        • esco charger

          I don’t know but we have been building thru the draft we haven’t bought anything and adding a talented player like Djax would make us so much better we have a strong locker room I dont think that would be the issue the only issue we would have is with the money

          • Michael Norton

            Good point esco. I think we need to give Telesco a bit of time before we draw too many conclusions. I like what he has done so far. He identifies lesser talent but seems to know what it takes. Look at at our free agent signings. As Sergio said in reference to Acee, TT is risk averse. He avoids high risk/high reward players (so far), but seems to get good cheap talent. I don’t think we’ve established a long enough winning record to bring in questionable behavior, not yet anyway.

  • jamfed

    agreed… Pass on DeSean Jackson.

  • afroamongfew

    “It sure looks like the Chargers are making the right choices in
    leadership with the addition of Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy, but when you
    add a player of questionable character , you delay the climb to the
    pinnacle.

    The Eagles saw fit to cut him loose. If that is not a blaring, flashing
    light, horn sounding red flag, then perhaps we need to be hit with a
    two-by-four. He’ll produce great numbers for a team that without a long
    established example of character players and winning tradition, and they
    will lose. Let the Raiders sign him.”

    So you obviously want us to cut Thomas Keiser after what he did in the Gaslamp last year right?

    When I opened this thread I was hoping to see something that amounted to more than lazy character assassination. I am very disappointed.

    • Michael Norton

      Do you think the Eagles cut him for no reason? They cut him AFTER he signed and THAT is a red flag and I don’t think the Chargers are at a place where they can take that kind of chance. Besides, we’re not going to sign him or any big name player with our history of spending, so thinking we ever had a chance of signing him is a pipe dream.

      If Thomas Keiser is a clubhouse cancer then I would say cut him. A player’s actions off the field can be a reason to cut him loose if it negatively affects the team, but I am more concerned with his actions on the field and with his teammates in meetings and the locker room. As a coach of high school sports for over 25 years, I can say without reservation that championship seasons come when a team has character players playing together. I’ve had championship teams with lesser talent than supremely talented teams who couldn’t get it done. Why? Because of chemistry and class acts. Sometimes one player can be enough of a cancer to kill a whole team. It’s only a guess, but that’s what I think is going on. Jackson doesn’t have to have committed a crime to ruin a football team.

      • afroamongfew

        No, I don’t think the Eagles cut him for no reason. I think the Eagles cut him for one particular reason: his cap hit.

        I don’t think DeSean was nearly as big a distraction on the field as people are assuming. The Eagles made the playoffs and Foles made a great number of his record-setting completions to Jackson, right? I think the whole attitude issue is a smokescreen the Eagles have (quite successfully) used to cover what is otherwise a salary dump.

        • Julien Bélair

          they didn’t need to cut him for the money they have enough cap space

          • Stefanie Smith

            But they wanted more cap space, Julien. Plus mix in a little bit of the Chip Kelly blowhard of an ego into it, and somebody is going to get the boot.

        • Michael Norton

          Excellent point. Very plausible. (I am not being sarcastic, I think that is very possible.) Perhaps the same reason the Chargers won’t sign him. The Chargers were never going to sign him and I came up with a idea for an article before he signed elsewhere that I thought would be interesting reading and might get a few people to respond. I guess it worked.

          • afroamongfew

            I disagree that they “were never going to sign him”. There’s not been an official press release from the organization signaling that they had no interest. It would still be financially plausible (though not probable) for him to sign with us.

            Look, if you had made a well-reasoned article that included some evidence or support for your argument other than what has amounted to terrible click-bait, it wouldn’t bother me as much. Do you have evidence to suggest that DeSean Jackson would not fit in our scheme? Do you have evidence that there are people on our staff that have worked with him before and have made their views about him publically? Do you have insider information that suggests that the team actually has an opinion of him, at all? These all serve as the basis for worthy arguments against signing DeSean. Instead you chose to whitewash the image of our team as some sort of “paragons of virtue” when, like I said in my initial post, we have someone who committed a crime still on the roster.

            I just think it’s disappointing that as a representative of the media that deals with the Chargers believes this was worth publishing. SMH.

          • Michael Norton

            We’ll have to agree to disagree on the observation that the Chargers were never going to sign Jackson. I don’t think it is financially plausible for the Chargers to sign him given our current cap situation. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to deduce that the Chargers are not in the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes. I’m surprised you think that my stating this is so earth shattering. Frankly, I think the reason they won’t sign him is more cap related than demon seed related, but my article centered on the reasons why I felt we should not sign him and I purposely avoided the cap aspect of it. Call it a slow news day, but with a good portion of the NFL news centered on Jackson, it seemed like a good opportunity to offer my view on why I felt we should avoid him. You seem to want to make this a personal attack on my research skills when, in fact, this is clearly a sports editorial. It is my opinion on how I feel the Chargers should handle the situation.

            I’ll try this one last time…

            Football is a violent sport played by violent men. It is in their nature to be wild, resulting in at least a few examples of irrational “off the field behavior.” They are also instantly rich, young (twenty-year-olds for the most part), immature, egocentric, and that makes for a volatile combination. That they are involved in “drunk and disorderlies” is not surprising. What might actually be surprising is that there are not more. TO BE CLEAR, I am not condoning any of this behavior, just stating an observation. No small part of coaching is making these young men mature.

            There is what I perceive to be a rather large difference between acting unruly and being a distraction to the team by being late to meetings, arguing with coaches about play calling, and being a bad influence to younger players. The latter all being things bandied about by the media regarding DeSean Jackson. I am not even going to address the gang affiliation accusations.

            Thomas Keiser, by the way, was arrested for a misdemeanor battery charge (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1906760-updates-on-chargers-lb-thomas-keisers-arrest-on-misdemeanor-battery-charge). He is no felon, and to suggest he is a criminal might be stretching the definition a bit, but I won’t argue that point. I have no idea how that affected the team, but as I stated before, I think they should cut him loose if it is too much of a distraction. Sounds to me like one isolated incident (Keiser) versus ongoing headaches (Jackson).

            What is also surprising to me is that you seem to be avoiding the obvious fact that the Eagles cut him for a reason. Not NO REASON, but for something that, based on reports, seems to be not related to the cap. Why would any NFL team not do their due diligence and consider this? That is the basis for my article. It is not worth it to invest a lot of money in a player with a questionable history regardless of his athletic ability. Dan Snyder keeps throwing money at the problem and the Redskins don’t appear to be getting any better.

            All of your questions above are completely moot because, for me, this article is not about whether or not he fits our system, or what the current staff feels about him. The article title is “Why the Chargers should not sign DeSean Jackson,” NOT “Why the Chargers will not sign DeSean Jackson.” It is advice (albeit from one small voice) about what they should do, not an insiders view of what they will do. It is a fan’s perspective. It is my opinion. Feel free to disagree, but I don’t need to research my opinion. I pay attention to sports and read a lot. My opinions are based, not on some random feeling, but years of watching Charger football and sports in general. It is an informed opinion, but it is ultimately just that, opinion.

  • arnie

    When someone tells you who they are the first time, believe them.

  • Nate lew

    Personally I’m one to think these character issues are being extremely scrutinized considering he has zero DUIs, suspensions etc. I think they were overblown to calm a raging Philly fan base. Still this was well written and as convinced as I’ll be, well written. IMO, Jaccpot makes us a top 3 offense and real contender if the D makes any strides or simply gets better health.

    • Nate lew

      Ultimately comes down to $$ which is why he’s visiting teams with cap room, we on the other hand need to cut clary to work out something this year, tho we could give him a huge bonus next year if he’d rather have a real Qb.

  • esco charger

    So adding djax to the roster doesn’t help huh I have to disagree with almost everything u said in this article lets be smart about what u are saying yes his character is questionable never been in trouble with the law anyone if u go deep into their lives is questionable look at ray rice we haven’t had a receiver of djax caliber since never and no one in the draft is similar to him I understand ur bored and probably have nothing to write about but try and make some sense this guy would instantly make us contenders

    • Michael Norton

      I think the Chargers have proven that they can sign lesser players to smaller contracts and get production. Look at who they signed last year and how well most of them played. I wouldn’t sign Ray Rice, Riley Cooper, Ray Lewis, or any guy with a sordid past, but that’s just me. I know people think I’m crazy for passing on that kind of talent, but I just think it’s easier to win when you have players with high character, work ethic, and talent. Once you build that kind of team and establish yourself as a proven winner then you can take a few chances on borderline players with the hope that they will be overwhelmed by the winning ways.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Every one of these guys, sordid past or not, have no problem in the work ethic department. Why, lately, does everyone use that term?

        Just call into question the guy’s ethics without more? I don’t know, but it would offend me big time, if I were on the receiving end of something like that.

        • Michael Norton

          Agreed, Stefanie. Work ethic is a necessary part of an NFL player’s success. I’ve been a high school coach my whole life and let’s just say that at that level some can get by without work ethic. I mention it because it is an ingredient in my experiences and an important part of success.

          I am writing about a guy who has been released and it appears that it was not about money. What is left to conclude?

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would sign him yes, will Telesco sign him hell no, Acee used a great term to define Telesco he’s risk averse.

      • esco charger

        Yeah sergio I dont think we will sign him either but he fits everything TT looks in free agents young speed and a play maker only thing that doesn’t fit is the money he wants lol because I know dam well if he was cheaper guys on this site would be all for it

        • Sergio Quintero

          Immature most likely a deucebag, that wants to renegotiate his deal every 2 years, that doesn’t sound like Telesco,

          • esco charger

            Yeah but honestly what wideout isn’t like that now a days maybe humble rookies and even then we get divas look at our own team ????Allen ???? And even if they do come in humble as soon as they do something in the league they automatically start thinking they are the greatest thing since slice bread it comes with the position not every player is gona be perfect they are all different u need everything on ur team we have good leadership good work ethic on the team on thing we really lack is speed and instead of using a 3rd on a receiver why not pick up djax and get a good guard cut clary

          • Sergio Quintero

            Esco I don’t disagree, I think Telesco is at times frustratingly conservative and safe and how he runs things. The Broncos are all in, its going to be a bitch of a challenge to win this division, Jackson is out there, and we already know the answer there is no way he’s coming here.

            Telesco is good at his job, but being so safe and conservative is not going to get this team to 12-14 win level in 2014.

          • esco charger

            I totally agree with u the way our schedule is this year and the teams in our own division and conference are a whole lot better then last year we are banking on rookies seriously not every draft class is gona play like the previous one sometimes we will have bust or players that take years to develop with djax we won’t have to wait I know people want to get young but players on our team our not as young weddle rivers gates Hardwick how many more years of their primes are we trying to waste ??? This is why we never win championships because we play it safe all the time but I guess we will draft some players and expect us to win the superbowl we dont have the talent on this team at the moment

  • Derek

    Desean has never been arrested never been a significant prob off the field besides wanting more $ which he deserves. For Christ sakes they picked Riley coopers racist ass over him so I don’t want to hear that “distraction” bs. The eagles also put Mathis on the trading block. This is the new coach making the team fit his vision he didn’t value Vick or desean so he got rid of em. His offense will reveal itself through draft. My guess is he’s putting aside cash for a safety next free agency if he can’t grab one via draft also foles contract is comming up.

    • Michael Norton

      My article did not defend Riley Cooper and if his comments could not be overcome then cutting him would have been completely okay with me. Apparently, his teammates were able to forgive him to a degree. I do not know the intricacies of the Eagles’ locker room. I just know that they cut Jackson after he was signed and it can’t be for no reason. I say that is enough of a reason to avoid him. Frankly, I’d avoid Cooper too if he were released.

      • Derek

        I know you weren’t condoning cooper over jax just pointing out if they were worried about misbehaving players I don’t think they would have extended cooper I think Kelly wants to spread his $ differently than Andy. I’ve heard media say Philly did it because of his gang ties but I haven’t heard philly the franchise say they were distancing themselves from his behavior

      • Stefanie Smith

        Yes, it probably is for a reason. The coach wants control of the team. Maybe Desean simply talks too much or questions the coach. Sort of the same theory happened in TB when Schiano was around. He canned Freeman then said all this stuff about him, yet the vets did not trust Schiano–and that Schiano was a cheat.

        These issues are not so clear cut. A whole lot of politics goes on. Quite often anger and ego get in the way. A coach may simply want to get rid of a player because he just doesn’t like the guy. A coach can make mistakes also, ya know?

    • Julien Bélair

      hernandez was never arrested before too

      • Derek

        Yeah he was he had a reccord in his hometown and got in a brawl at florida

  • Derek

    The only reason I can think of not going for jackpot is because rivers loves his dominant big recievers i remember him going out of his way to kick it with Gordon of the browns (putting in his time for when his contract is up) does Phillip have the arm to hit jaxkpot deep in stride?

    • Julien Bélair

      Gordon with Rivers would be insane

  • Julien Bélair

    the fact that eagles cut him when they didn’t need too is a BIG red flag I agree

  • Harry Philpot

    I think its important we sign a veteran reciever with exemplary attitude to help KA progress, unless floyd returns. Not saying jackson isnt that guy but reports do not help him

    • Michael Norton

      Bingo. Dead on, Harry. “…reports do not help him.” It takes me too many words to say what you have put succinctly.

      • Harry Philpot

        Thanks michael, I was just summarizing what you already said :P

  • Stefanie Smith

    The notion that because the Eagles cut Jackson. when they didn’t have to, is viewed by many as a red flag. First, how did those folks determine that the Eagles did not “need” to cut? Second, many teams have cut players, that they “didn’t need to cut”. Two examples that come to mind are the Ravens and Boldin; and the Broncos and Decker. There are plenty more. So to infer something negative about the fact that the player was cut is contrary to what every other team has done all over the NFL–cut players when they “really didn’t need to do it”.

    • Michael Norton

      But why would they sign him and then take the hit to release him if it was just about the cap? I get your Boldin and Decker examples except they signed Jackson and then released him. That suggests there was something else. Sports writers with far more access than me don’t know the reason (yet), so that leaves all the rest of us to make conjectures about what is going on. I offered one man’s opinion. I think I’ve been very clear in my inference that if it’s not about the money then it has to be about something negative. They’re certainly not releasing him for something positive.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Its almost not even worth the conversation, signing Jackson is so anti-Telesco, Acee’s term for him he’s risk averse. He’s isn’t an out of box thinker, he’s a center of the box thinker.

  • 1961 Fan

    You don’t cut a player of that talent for being Mr. Nice Guy off the field, unless you are the Raiders of the seventies and eighties. Everyone thinks the Raiders are going to draft Manziel, if so, Jackson is a perfect target down field and to party with after the games. It would stretch the defenses of my Bolts and the Broncos and Chiefs.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Desean Jackson is worth talking about from a fantasizing perspective, but after seeing Telesco work for over a year, I think we have pretty clear perspective on who this man is. To use some cliches he is: a center of the box thinker, he builds one brick at a time; to define it easily he runs a team like Marty Schottenheimer runs an offense, he’s basically risk averse, and slow and steady wins the race.

    So while he’s here, don’t expect any signings with players with major character red flags, any major free agents signings (the ridiculous amount of cap space in 2015 might force him to), drafting of players with those character red flags, and combine phenoms that don’t have the tape to back it up.

    • Michael Norton

      Yes Sergio, right on about TT, but I happen to think that is a solid way to build a team. An important distinction is that we are building, not maintaining (yet). You build with character players and can take a few risks (emphasis on “few”) once the team is built.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m not saying Telesco is bad at his job, its more like we can predict pretty clearly what is his nature and what isn’t.

        I think Telesco method is designed for sustained runs of well built rosters, but at the same time Denver is clearly going to be the favorite in the short term in the AFC West.

        • Michael Norton

          Agreed. I’m with you , Sergio, and I never thought you suggested TT was bad at his job. Frankly, I don’t see how Denver is able to sign all these guys, but what I do think is they are putting all of their eggs in a one or two year basket and then they will falter. I’m for sustained runs because it gives you more chances at the ring. It was fait accompli that the Donkeys would take the brass ring and look what happened to them. There’s a part of me that wants to shoot the whole load at one shot at a Super Bowl, but deep down I know it’s not that simple and certainly not guaranteed.

  • Shuggah21

    With the signing bonus they can sign him with a low cap number in 2014 just as they did with Butler. He would make our offense unstoppable. I’m sure many pro athletes have friends that are gang members, so what? If the Bolts want a new stadium they better play to win.

  • arnie

    I like Desean’s play on the field, i liked TO’s play on the field. Now, with that out in the open, As good as TO was, he could never seem to stick with a roster for to long. TO didn’t have an arrest record ( a serious one). He didn’t shoot anybody,( that we know of) or really seem to be in trouble with the law. So, what is left? WE can all speculate, but similarities between these two players seem to be with character/attitude issues from within those organizations. WR are Divas. And some more than others, can be over the top, as an “…ALL ABOUT ME …” attitude. That can wear thin after a while, in an environment where the other players are working just as hard, yet may not seek to be worshiped. i’m guessing here….
    At the end of the day, some things just aren’t wort the effort, risk, or headache.

    • Michael Norton

      Lovely.

  • Michael Norton