Anyone and everyone writing anything about the Philadelphia Eagles in the last few weeks has centered on wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is now gone. It’s not clear why, because the Eagles have not yet found us worthy of their explanation. There is actually a bit of a debate going on in the Twitterverse, with some fans critical of reporters demanding information. Some feel the Eagles owe us nothing.
If the Eagles were a franchise with a championship history, one that had brought a few parades down Broad Street, I might buy that argument. Considering the franchise is the proud owner of zero (0, none, zilch) Super Bowl titles, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly should feel obligated to offer some reasoning for jettisoning a Pro Bowl wide receiver.
I don’t care whether you’re a season ticket holder or a guy who watches every game in his parent’s basement. Fans are invested in the team. Without the fans, there would be no reason to have a team. The Eagles should understand and respect that investment.
The silence over the weekend was annoying. That it has stretched into a new week is maddening.
We don’t need to know everything. We don’t need Roseman to divulge organizational secrets that would put the Eagles at a competitive disadvantage. That’s not what we’re after.
What we’re after is understanding. We’re after something that at the very least tells us the Eagles remain committed to winning a championship. We’re after something that will continue to inspire us to invest in memorabilia and tickets, to remain in front of the TV on Sunday afternoons, or in our seats through a blizzard.
The continued silence is much more than irresponsible. To say nothing demonstrating the Eagles assume that they can do whatever they want and we’ll all keep coming back for more. I think we deserve more than that.
We deserve an explanation.