Fewell says DeSean's flip 'shocked' him

November, 26, 2011
11/26/11
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Turns out, Perry Fewell didn't flip out over "The Flip."

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson was reportedly docked $10,000 for "unsportsmanlike conduct" for flipping a football at Fewell on Sunday night.

The defensive coordinator was surprised by the flip, but didn't have a problem with it.

"When that incident happened, I just thought that it was a hotly contested game at that moment and I just thought he made an error in judgment," Fewell said. "He was just excited about the catch and I think he probably just did it by mistake. I don’t think he did anything intentionally. It shocked me. I was surprised by it, but it wasn’t about me and it wasn’t about him at that time. It was about me getting the next call off and let’s play a football game."

After a 50-yard reception in the second quarter, Jackson flipped the ball at Fewell before gesturing toward the Giants bench.

Fewell said Jackson did not say anything to him before or after he flipped the ball.

"I just think he got caught up in the moment and he just flipped the ball toward me," the coordinator said.

The reception was quickly negated by offsetting penalties. Jackson was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and Giants tackle Linval Joseph was whistled for illegal hands to the face, moving the Eagles back to the 2-yard line.

When reminded that Jackson's penalty sent Philadelphia back to the shadows of its goal-line, Fewell said with a laugh, "I probably should thank him."

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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