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Posted on Mon, May 17, 2010 : 11:52 a.m.

Former Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson has confidence in the Philadelphia Eagles

By Michael Rothstein

Marlin Jackson might be new to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the former Michigan defensive back already recognizes what might be one of the more insane weeks of the 2010 season.

He never played with Donovan McNabb in Philly, but when McNabb’s new team, the Washington Redskins, comes to town on Oct. 3, it might attract a little attention.

“It’s not weird for me, but for everybody else it’s going to be crazy,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a crazy atmosphere.”

The McNabb saga dominated both the Philadelphia and national media last month just as Jackson was arriving with his new team. Yet none of the drama fazed him. Jackson was moving from one of the better teams in the NFL - Indianapolis - to another.

So he trusts what the management in Philadelphia is doing, even if there are questions about how the Eagles will compete in the NFC East with a first-time, full-time starting quarterback in Kevin Kolb.

“I’m expecting to win the same way we did in Indianapolis,” Jackson said. “It’s a class organization, they do things the right way. Andy Reid is a great coach, the GMs, everybody in the building.

“From the outside looking in it seems like a lot of uncertainty but when you are within that organization and you have trust in them and they know what they are doing, you see the certainty is there and that we will surprise quite a few people. But it won’t be a surprise with the team to what we do.”

The 26-year-old is expected to be a part of it once he fits in with a new town and team, a new position as he’ll be competing to win the starting free safety job while dealing with torn ACLs that ended his last two seasons with the Colts.

Jackson, who said even though he won’t be in Indianapolis anymore it will become his off-season home, said he's not too concerned.

“For me, it’s not really a big transition,” Jackson said. “I have to play football. Football is what I’ve always played. It’s just a different team and a different city. That’s nothing to me. “I’m just going to play football as I always have.”

He’ll at least see some familiar faces. Wide receiver Jason Avant has been with the Eagles his entire career since being drafted by the club in 2005.

Philadelphia also selected Brandon Graham in the first round of last month’s NFL Draft. While the two never played together - Jackson left Michigan after the 2005 season - they have met in Ann Arbor during the off-season.

Plus, Jackson caught glimpses of Graham when he’d watch Michigan on Saturdays in the fall. And with the way the Wolverines have played the past two years, it made Sunday morning locker rooms a bit more difficult to deal with.

“A school like Michigan, you’re generally at the top of the food chain and when you get knocked down, people are happy,” Jackson said. “I’ll say that. They want to rub it in.”

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein