Eric Decker’s wife says he is ‘depressed’ over New York Jets’ miserable season
Jessie James Decker, the country music-singing wife of New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, told a New York radio station Monday that her husband frequently comes home emotionally devastated after each successive loss, saying he frequently has been left “depressed” over the team’s terrible season.
In comments made before the New York Jets took the field Monday night and lost to the Miami Dolphins, Decker admitted that the 2-10 season has been “rough” on her husband.
“It’s been a really hard season,” Decker’s wife said of her husband during an interview aired on The Todd Show on 95.5 WPLJ in New York, via TMZ. “He’s been, I don’t wanna say depressed, but he’s been depressed.”
Decker’s wife says her husband’s competitiveness makes the Jets’ consistent losing that much more devastating.
“He’s so talented and so good at what he does, and I think he’s not able to really show his ability right now and he’s getting a lot of doubters, and that hurts him,” she added, per the New York Daily News. “He loves football more than anything. He is, I can say obsessed. He is obsessed with football. This is his life and he loves it so much. And so it is hard for him.”
Decker caught two passes for 18 yards in Monday night’s loss, which gave him 49 receptions for 531 yards and four touchdowns on the season, hardly the kind of offensive output he expected to contribute to the team after signing a five-year, $36.25 million deal to join the Jets this offseason.
It has gotten so bad, says his wife, that Decker doesn’t even feel like talking when he gets home.
“He comes home, he wants his alone time: ‘Don’t talk to me.’ It’s rough,” she said.
When told of his wife’s comments after the game, Decker downplayed her comments.
“That’s obviously dramatized, but yeah, it’s hard,” Decker said, via the New York Post. “I will say that going home is a little tougher and I’ve got to do a better job balancing those things, but I’m a competitor — I want to win. I came here to win.”
Decker is becoming accustomed to both downplaying comments made by his wife and defending her for making said comments. James Decker earlier this season got into a tiff with Jets fans who she referred to as “haters” on social media who sarcastically responded to a tweet from the Jets wideout. This prompted her to temporarily delete her Twitter account in light of the backlash and compelled Decker to come to her defense over her coming to his defense.
The wide receiver, however, remains committed to the cause. And that means controlling only the things he can control and working hard.
“For me, I’ve got to get better at what I do,” he added. “That’s all I can control. I’m going to try to be the best teammate that I can be and the best receiver I can be. And if you’re OK with losing and you go home and you’re fine with losing, there’s something wrong inside of you. This game you only get so many years to play and I would enjoy getting another shot of making a run and having that success. I’m not saying we’re not far off at all; we’ve just got to execute better.”
Decker’s comments belie a supremely optimistic view of the plight of organization, not to mention its overall dysfunction. Especially from a guy who purportedly comes home depressed all the time.
To hear it from Decker, despite all the losing and the subsequent emotional turmoil, he wouldn’t change his decision to leave the Denver Broncos join the Jets if given the chance.
“I don’t second-guess my choices at all,” he said. “The New York Jets wanted me to come here and Denver didn’t. I was excited about coming here and I wouldn’t do anything differently.”