Watkins: I Was Just Disappointed

Philadelphia Eagles right guard Danny Watkins.The mood was light Wednesday afternoon as a large group of reporters surrounded Danny Watkins’ locker before practice.

Evan Mathis even got his iPhone out and started mockingly recording his teammate’s comments.

On Monday, Watkins declined to chat, creating a bit of a stir in the process.

“I think that got a little bit blown up,” he said today. “I was asked a question, and you know what? I was a little disappointed with just the way myself and the team had been playing. I just didn’t really have anything to say and said, ‘I think it’s best if I don’t say anything today.’”

It’s been an up-and-down year for Watkins, but the second-year guard felt like he was playing well before the 26-23 loss to the Lions.

“Overall, just the focus and technique, I got away from it,” Watkins said. “I felt things had actually been going pretty well up until that point. And I feel I had done a pretty good job of getting honed in before each game – got ready for the Giants and Pittsburgh and Arizona. It just kind of got away from me that game.”

Watkins certainly wasn’t the only problem as Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and company harassed Michael Vick all game long and stifled the Birds’ running game. But he didn’t help matters either.

“I won’t tell you that his last game was his best game,”Andy Reid said. “But he had a few games in there that were just top, quality games. And so, he just needs to get back to doing what he does.”

As Tim mentioned yesterday, part of the issue with Watkins is probably that he’s no longer playing alongside Jason Kelce this year. With Dallas Reynolds filling in at center, Watkins said the line will need some time to build chemistry.

“Dallas is doing a really good job,” Watkins said. “But we just have to learn his calls, his mentality, where is he taking us, where we’re going. It’s just a chemistry thing.  It’s just going to take a little time.”

Of course, time is not something the Eagles have a lot of. They’ve got the undefeated Falcons coming to town, and a loss would put them under .500 for the first time all season. Reid fired Juan Castillo last week, sending a message to the entire team that it’s time to start turning out better results.

“We’ve got to start producing,” Watkins said. “We’ve got to start doing better. We’ve got to start winning. It’s a lingering shadow on everyone, I guess you could say.”

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  • daggolden

    Watkins stinks and to call for the QBs head is laughable while Watkins still gets to walk on a NFL field. To tell me there isnt a better option even on the street is a lie. They are trying to save face for the terrible draft pick and make Vick the scapegoat. What NFL QB thrives behind instant pressure? Ask the Giants how Brady fairs with some pressure. Cutler, Stafford, Romo, even Rogers are terrible when they get constant pressure.

    • Peteike

      Vick apologist is right. No, there are not better players on the street, just a foolish comment. Are you watching game tape, I didnt think so.

  • MAC

    daggolden what was the excuse for Vick lat year when we had one of the better lines in football? Why was he turning it over then? See all the Vick apologist we all agree that the line is terrible and Vick is not totally at fault but the line is about 50% of problem, play calling 20% and Vick 30%. So again i ask you what happened to Vick and the turnovers last year since we had a good line and every Vick apologist says not his fault this year?

    • daggolden

      I actually agree with your percentage breakdown. Maybe I would go 30% play calling and 20 % Vick. So saying 50% your oline is a big F%^ing number. Let me explain this slowly how this works. Your oline SUCKS so you get hit every damn play. So then when your oline actually proctects 1 out of 5 drop backs you have been hit so many damn times you think theres pressure, thats how that works. And by the way last years oline could run block but heres a little clue, thier the only team in the league that couldnt understand how to pick up a blitz. Vick also didnt recognize blitzes eithier but damn ould the oline get a clue to?

  • MAC

    2 playoff Victories in 10 years is pretty below average. Can’t really argue that Vick fans.

  • bcman06

    Wouldnt mind seeing Nick Foles have one try at a start. Hes a big qb who can see the whole field and also has a cannon for an arm.

    • daggolden

      Nick Foles? lmao. They are trotting out RGIII and you want to see Nick Foles.lol. Theres a reason why Nick Foles wasnt highly regarded. Check out game tape and scouting reports. He SUCKED when there was pressure at Arizona. He was TERRIBLE. Just because he threw a few passess in preseason when teams really didnt do much of nothing means nothing. Those long passess to D Johnson in the “real world” the DRCs of the world are actually playing defense. My goodness he throws 5 yard passess in the preseason and now you want to trot him out there against NFL defenses behind that line? Who is running the slants tiny Maclin or minature Desean? lol

      • daggolden

        Nick Foles or Vick hmmmm, I bet the NFC East is shiverring about facing Nick Foles. Fix the oline then talk to me about Vicks performance.