I thought I had read somewhere that he and Tedford has somewhat of a falling out after his days at CAL
It could’ve been because of DJax family.Cal football: The truth about DeSean Jackson’s attitude issuesPosted by Jon Wilner on May 28th, 2008 at 7:55 am | Categorized as GeneralSix months late, the truth begins to emerge. You knew DeSean Jackson had attitude issues last season, but how bad they were and what form they took were unclear.Now, we’re beginning to find out, thanks to a feature story on Jackson published in the Philadelphia Daily News (Jackson was drafted by the Eagles).Turns out, Cal Coach Jeff Tedford had to deal with more than Jackson’s massive ego and spotty work ethic. There were meddling family members, too.Let’s break this into two parts: What was said and what the Daily News reported; and then my thoughts on the issue.Warning: The comments are lengthy, but I thought it was important to include them all. (Also, thanks to Buzz Ryan for pointing out the DN story. I was returning from vacation when it was published and never saw it.)***What was said and what the DN reported* First, the key comment from Tedford:“With outside opinions and outside advice always eating at DeSean, he was in a very tough spot. He’s trying to be a team guy, trying to fit in and play his role, but dealing with outside information always eating at him, and not always positive. It ended up putting him in a very difficult position.“He’s had to deal with a lot of different people’s opinions being shot at him. That’s where I think he has grown, and will continue to grow, on being his own man, using his own common sense. Being part of the meetings and the offense, he knows better than the outsiders what is going on.”* An example: At halftime of the Louisiana Tech game early last season, Jackson’s father, Bill, wondered during a TV interview why Jackson wasn’t getting more passes thrown his way. The answer: a thumb injury.The comments prompted Tedford to have a conversation with his star receiver a few days later.“My dad, he only wants the best for me,” Jackson told the DN. “It’s hard for me too, when I’m not catching the ball . . . It’s not selfish or anything like that; he wants to see his son doing good.”* Bill Jackson didn’t duck the subject when reached by the DN, but his comments to the paper speak volumes:“His coach at Cal said we were too involved in his life. This is a real family. This ain’t people in the street . . . I don’t understand it. I worked hard all my life . . . we’re a good family.“Me and DeSean’s mother, we’ve been separated for years, but you wouldn’t know it. I’m at her house right now . . . I ain’t never been in jail. I’m a good citizen, I vote. I saw on TV before the draft, about [running back] Darren McFadden’s mother [having been addicted to cocaine]. I see things on the Internet about me being a bad parent.“I ask coach Tedford, ‘Why not be involved with your children?’ . . . I’ve heard (Eagles coach) Andy Reid doesn’t want me anywhere near his facility. I’m like, ‘Damn, what did I do?’ ”* Tedford also told the Daily News that Jackson’s didn’t work as hard in college as he’ll need to in the NFL, but he was, in general, supportive of his former player:“I don’t know that he worked as hard he could have, because he’s a very natural player. Now that he’s in the NFL, and he has to compete with guys who are all as good as he is, he’ll figure out he needs to work …“He got away with doing things on natural ability a lot at this level, that he probably won’t be able to do at that level. I don’t think he’s opposed to it, but he’d probably even admit he can work harder.“I don’t think DeSean is malicious, or a detriment, in any way, shape or form . . . He’s young . . . I think he will continue to grow, but I think he’s a good-hearted person who wants to do well. I think if he surrounds himself with the right people, who lead him in the right direction, he will definitely want to go in that direction. I have no doubt that DeSean does have the character and the characteristics to be a good person and a great player.”***My thoughts on the issue1. Why is this coming public now?There were plenty of questions/rumors about Jackson’s attitude problems during the ’07 collapse, but nothing was ever addressed in a substantive manner by Jackson or Tedford.No surprise there. More often in college than the pros, chemistry issues are usually kept “in house” during the season. It’s only months afterward that the involved parties feel comfortable going on the record.In this case, Tedford probably wasn’t going to touch the subject publicly until Jackson left the program, and then only if asked — and maybe not even if asked by the Bay Area media.So Philadelphia drafts Jackson and the Eagles’ coaches, under no obligation to keep Jackson/Cal matters quiet, talk off the record to reporters. Then a reporter (in this case: the DN’s Les Bowen) talks to Jackson and calls Bill Jackson and Tedford … presto! A story materializes.2. Tedford’s refusal to call Jackson out publicly last fall and his summation comments above, about Jackson being “good hearted,” is just the latest example of Tedford’s intense loyalty to his players.3. Why does the Jackson saga matter? This is the key question — and the reason I felt the Daily News report was worth addressing on the Hotline.It matters because Tedford made it matter by his words and deeds. He has gone to great lengths to fix what ailed the Bears in ’07, and Jackson was one of the ailments.Fixing the problems — and you know Jackson wasn’t the only problem last season — is so important to Tedford that he removed himself from playcalling duties and is concentrating on what I’d call “program management.” He wants to avoid attitude and leadership problems in the future.That’s absolutely the right thing to do, but it also tells you about the depth of the troubles and the anguish they caused Tedford.The Jackson saga also matters because of the impact it might have going forward, the way it might affect Cal’s recruiting. Maybe it will prompt the Bears to be on the lookout for warning signs (MEDDLING FATHER ALERT!) during the evaluation process.After all, Tedford had never really signed a player like Jackson before: a huge talent with a huge ego and an overly-involved inner circle with one eye on the NFL. (Marshawn Lynch and Jackson have very different personalities.) Players like Jackson usually end up at USC.Not-exactly-news flash: Cal is not USC and Tedford is not Pete Carroll: the culture of the programs and the personalities of the head coaches are very different.The Trojans are a big-ego program. Carroll and his players thrive under pressure and live for the spotlight.Cal does not. It seems to me that Tedford, his staff and players are all much more comfortable away from the glare and everything it brings: top-five rankings, media attention, huge expectations.And they are probably better off without brash, big-ego, meddling-parent recruits, even ones with Jackson’s talent.http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2008/05/28/cal-football-the-truth-about-desean-jacksons-attitude-issues/
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