A lot of people were quick to say that DeSean Jackson deciding to reverse field, intentionally run 20 yards backwards, and fumble away the game, followed by his incredibly unlikely touchdown catch were a microcosm of his career. I certainly can't argue with with that. After all, it is no secret that DeSean Jackson is an uber talented, intellectually stunted anomaly. However, I don't even think it's fair to give him credit for his own redemption. Not only because it took Andy Reid-esque clock management from Jason Garrett for DeSean to have even have that chance, but also because it still probably cost the Redskins the game. Say what you want, an eye for an eye, a touchdown for a touchdown. Still, relinquishing field position, before relinquishing the ball, cost the Redskins a chance to drive down the field, use the clock to their advantage, and never give the Cowboys another possession. So yeah, he was able to make up for his mistake points wise, but he put the Cowboys in the driver's seat, and ultimately gave them the opportunity to win the game.
Honestly, I am not so much interested in talking about the fumble return gone wrong as much as I am interested in talking about what it must be like to play on a team with DeSean Jackson. Despite only having 6 catches, with the most meaningful one coming with under a minute left in the game, the camera was seemingly on DeSean Jackson nearly every 30 seconds. Do you know why that us? Well, I am sure he would tell you it's because he was actually open every single goddamn play, but that seems relatively hard to believe. It probably had much more to do with the fact that he was jumping up and down, and frantically waving his arms every time he thought he might kind of be open and the ball wasn't thrown his way. If we lived in a parallel universe where people got what they deserved, Kirk Cousins would have walked directly up to DeSean Jackson, spit in his face, and screamed "YOU LIKE THAT!". After showing up his quarterback for the better part of the night, a quarterback who against all odds have been fairly good this year, DeSean Jackson essentially took the ball out of his hands when the game was on the line. It wasn't just selfish, it was disrespectful. Jackson trying to win the game by himself showed a lack of trust in his teammates, and most importantly his quarterback. A quarterback that was winning games for the Redskins before everyone's favorite CRIPP-led and his hamstring even got on the field this year. Jay Gruden's endorsement of all things DeSean Jackson was probably just his way of covering a enigmatic player's ass, but it was a disservice to the person whose arm he has to rely on.
Then again, we probably should have seen that coming...