It’s not easy to get a short answer out of Eales OC Marty Mornhinweg, but I managed to do just that yesterday. Mornhinweg, who tends to offer up glowing scouting reports whenever a player’s name is mentioned, might have been caught off-guard when I pointed out that WR DeSean Jackson had only two red-zone catches last year and asked him if there’s a way to get the speedy receiver more involved inside the opponents’ 20.
“Yeah,” Mornhinweg said. “And that was a little bit of a unique year there with the numbers and so forth. I’ll try to get him the football just a little bit more down there.”
It didn’t sound like he even believed what he was saying.
The truth is last year wasn’t really an anomaly. Jackson had four red-zone catches and one red-zone score in 2010; and three and two in 2009. His game is based on playing outside the numbers and making big plays downfield. I’m not expecting Jackson to suddenly be a red-zone threat, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Eagles change personnel groups and take him off the field since he’s not much of a factor down there.