Should DeSean Jackson’s Punt Return TD Been Called Back for Sideline Penalty | Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline

Should DeSean Jackson’s Punt Return TD Been Called Back for Sideline Penalty

by Robert Littal | Posted on Friday, December 24th, 2010
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I am on record saying that I don’t like Jackson playing around by the goal line.

Once you score you can do whatever you like until then you are playing with fire.  I was going to give Jackson the benefit of the doubt on his punt return TD, because initially I thought he was trying to run out the clock until he basically said he was showboating and if you didn’t like it too bad.

The NFL has made a big deal about “sideline conduct” and if they were playing closer attention to Jackson’s showboating it could have cost the Eagles the game.

As the Philadelphia Eagles return man was running parallel to the end zone, delaying his touchdown for maximum showboating effectiveness, a number of his teammates ran onto the field from the sideline, a clear violation of the NFL’s “too many men on the field” rules.

The new wrinkle on Jackson’s return was first noticed at BallHyped.com. Because he took a turn at the 6-yard line instead of running into the end zone, a number of his teammates and some coaches spilled out onto the field in anticipation of his touchdown, which didn’t come until a few seconds later. A flag could have been thrown, bringing back the touchdown and sending the game to overtime.

If you want to really nitpick, flags should have been thrown on both the Eagles and the Giants since Tom Coughlin was out on the field yelling at his punter at the same time.  It would have been offsetting penalties and a re-kick would have been ordered.

I have no problem with the refs keeping their flags in their pocket, nothing that happened on the sideline effected the play, but if only one official decided to be a stickler for the rules we could have had a whole different outcome.

The point is if Jackson keeps playing with fire, he will end up like Ron Mexico.

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  1. Jade E. Freeman says:

    The dude is fun to watch, up until the celebrations. All the "look at me" types, i.e. wide receivers, are annoying. Sports is entertainment, but I don't go to a Beyonce concert to see her shoot free throws.

  2. Lown says:

    talented dude. I just want him to stop showboating and play!

  3. PhillyHouse says:

    As an Eagles fan, I'm just glad we finally have a legit WR. I just hope one day, Desean's antics don't cost the Eagles a win.

  4. A.C says:

    This fool doesn't know that the refs will be watching him much more closely now.

  5. Tammi says:

    I think the taunting should have been called on this play, but my husband disagrees!He is rooting for Michael Vick and the Eagles!

  6. keisha brown says:

    2 parts to this post

    as an eagles fan.. i have a love/hate relationship with DJ. love the talent..hate the showboating (the nestea plunge was HI-larious though). he needs to learn how to speak to the press (i too thought he was just running out the clock..). i think he shares PR people with LeBron.

    but as for the flag/penalties.. are we really going back and looking at a play from a week ago? if we're being honest..im sure there is holding on EVERY SINGLE PLAY IN FOOTBALL. sometimes they get called..sometimes they dont.

    these. are. the. breaks.

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