Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson recently stated in an interview on Comcast Sportsnet, that Redskins fans aren’t negative like Philadelphia Eagles fans are. But is there really that much difference between the two fan bases. And if the way players are treated contrasts that much, then what’s the reason behind it?
“They (Redskins fans) are open. Being out on the field you hear certain things, but they are good things. In Philly sometimes things could get a little negative. They booed their own players. Here you don’t get that.”
I think there are a few reasons why this is. The first reason is that the Redskins have a won more than the Eagles. Redskins fans can point to a period in Redskins history when the team was one of the winningest franchises in the NFL. And although it wasn’t that recent, many fans still remember the glory years of the first Joe Gibbs era, and are hopeful it can happen again.
Also, the Redskins have a tremendous fan base in Virginia, and many of the fans in Richmond and the surrounding areas haven’t had many chances to see the team in training camp like are now. So now that the opportunity has come to see the team up close like this, why waste the experience feeling negative. And the Redskins being in Richmond is a huge boost to the city.
And although the Eagles have a history of winning NFL Championships they have yet to win a Super Bowl. And they last won an NFL Championship in 1960, which is 54 years ago. That’s a long time for a fan base to endure going without a championship. And that’s why I think some Eagles fans are a bit more negative towards their players and franchise.
I mean, it couldn’t be because Redskins fans are just better fans in general could it? Why do you think DeSean Jackson feels Eagles fans are more negative than Redskins fans?