I don’t think seeing Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback John Skelton taking a victory knee in Philadelphia was high on a “things I’d see during the NFL season” list prior to its start.
However, when DeSean Jackson missed a special teams meeting on Saturday and was subsequently deactivated for today’s game against Arizona, a loss seemed to be in the cards (with pun totally intended).
The Eagles allowed Skelton to throw for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-17 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday that capped another fourth quarter collapse for the Birds.
During the game’s decisive series, Arizona launched an 11-play, 87 yard drive that featured a 4th and 2 conversion on a 30-yard reception by LaRod Stephens-Howling; and a 37-yard catch by Larry Fitzgerald down to the Philadelphia 1.
Then, facing a third down from the Philly 5, Skelton hit Early Doucet for a touchdown to give Arizona a lead they would not relinquish.
Cornerback A.J. Jefferson put a cap on the win with interception of Michael Vick on Philadelphia’s next drive.
According to reports, Jackson was out late on Friday night and overslept on Saturday, which ultimately led to today’s deactivation. Derrick Gunn of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia astutely pointed out the difference between Fitzergerald, who caught seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Jackson.
Gunn asked if anyone has ever heard of Fitzgerald missing a team meeting.
That’s why he doesn’t deserve it. Be a professional Mr. Jackson, not Terrell Owens 2.0.
Jackson’s conduct embodies and symbolizes the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles; a team that operates individually and not collectively.
How else would you explain Fordham’s John Skelton looking like Kurt Warner during the fourth quarter?