“You had the Philly fan base, now you have this Redskins Nation,” Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez said to DeSean Jackson this week. “I can see the smile on your face. It’s a little different. Can you describe it?”
“It is different,” Jackson agreed. “You know, they’re very supportive here. They’re open. Being out on the field, I’ve been hearing certain things, but they’re good things. In Philly, sometimes things could have gotten a little negative. They booed their own players. But here, you don’t really get that. They’re supporting you, they’re out here.
“I mean, just as many people as [were] here in the morning practice come to our walkthrough practices, so that shows you something,” Jackson went on. “To not really have a practice and people are still sitting here through a walkthrough, they really are big fans and they support us. Every time we come out here, guys are screaming things at me. And that’s just a great fan base to really have.”
Now look, I’m not going to suggest that Redskins fans boo more than Eagles fans; they obviously don’t. Booing is like breathing in some Philadelphia venues. But I think Jackson is probably incorrect that Washington fans don’t really boo their own players. (Unless he’s just talking about training camp. Do Eagles fans boo Eagles players at training camp? I guess that’s possible.)
If you recall, the Redskins were booed at home several times in 2013, mostly during the horrendous second half of the season. But they were also booed going into halftime of their much-hyped season opener, which happened to be played against — that’s right — DeSean Jackson’s Eagles.
And the Redskins after penalties on two of last three plays, head to locker room with fans raining down boos. Down 26-7.
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) September 10, 2013
Loud booing at FedEx Field as first half ends. They’re down 26-7. Defense has issued 322 yds, offense has gained 3 first downs.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 10, 2013
— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) September 10, 2013
— Dwight Nixon (@PhotogDwight) September 10, 2013
Why are the boos so loud here? Is Lil Wayne the halftime act? Because if so I can totally understand why Redskins fans are booing. — Evil Desean Jackson (@EvilDesean) September 10, 2013
— Chris Paul (@ChrisPaulComedy) September 10, 2013
The boos coming from Skins fans at FedEx field right now is a large part of why I hate Redskins fans. You’d never hear that at M&T Bank — Corey (@CoreyCogswell) September 10, 2013
— Earl La Pierre Jr (@emanfromkos) September 10, 2013