Eagles’ Frustration Bubbles To the Surface

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean JacksonEvidence of this team’s growing frustration surfaced towards the end of the first half Sunday.

The Eagles had overcome a 3rd-and-17 courtesy of  a 21-yard pitch-and-catch between Nick Foles and Damaris Johnson. They were down 11 and desperately fighting for momentum. But the drive fizzled out when Brent Celek dropped his second pass of the game on a 3rd-and-5.

DeSean Jackson, who watched that play from the sideline along with Jeremy Maclin, grew animated.

“It was very frustrating, just once again continuing the same mistakes, penalties and turnovers,” said Jackson. “After a while you’re almost like tired of it. You have to figure out a way to get it going. I just tried to spark something, being very angry and letting people know it’s not OK  to continue to keep making these mistakes.”

(Just to be clear, Jackson never said he was responding to the drop or not being on the field. It seemed to be more about the offense’s ineptitude overall. They had already turned the ball over twice by that point.)

Jackson and Riley Cooper had some words for one another and were gently separated by coach Duce Staley. All was apparently forgiven by halftime, as the two hugged it out in the locker room and moved on.

“This is a family,” said Cooper. “In any family there is going to be bickering.”

The reason behind the bickering?

“We just want to score,” Cooper said.

As the spiral continues, questions about this group’s character rage all the louder. While the players licked their wounds at their respective locker stalls in Washington Sunday, each was asked about the perception that the team has lost its fight. Every one insisted that is not the case. Cullen Jenkins said the emotion is there, it’s just not being utilized properly.

“I know there is  plenty of toughness on the team. I don’t know if we’re channeling all the toughness in the right areas,” said Jenkins.

“Sometimes when people get frustrated, you’ve got to bottle it up and make sure it stays a positive. You keep positive with it and don’t get frustrated, don’t get down too much and let it keep affecting you. We have to make sure that we’re always channeling the frustration and everything in positive ways.”

That will be an increasingly difficult task from this point forward.

“This is our job, this is what we’re supposed to do,” said Brent Celek, ”and we’re failing at it.”

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  • Wilbert M.

    The mistakes are constant. It’s hard to believe that these guys have played football for most of their lives. Nate Allen and Coleman are awful. Celek is about as reliable as a ’72 Pinto and Harbor is catching whatever Celek has. The Smurf receivers rarely get open. Dunlap has no business being on an NFL roster. Nnamdi and DRC both seem to need a change of scenery, but maybe they’d do better under the new regime. It’s troubling watching Kendricks regress. The chemistry on this team is horrible. Fixing that will be the next coaches’ biggest challenge.

    • xlGmanlx

      Maclin and DJAX get open, problem is that no one behind center has the time to throw it to them.

      • The Guru

        Dead wrong as usual. They couldn’t get off the line after getting jammed….by the 30th ranked pass defense. Maclin is a HUGE bust

        • bsn

          Except the film shows them consistently getting wide open. The problem is our QB either doesn’t see them or doesn’t have the time to see them.

          • The Guru

            And you watched the coaches tape? Because Brian Baldinger who did watch that tape said they were NOT open.

          • bsn

            The original post made it seem like a season long problem. That’s what I had meant to be addressing.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    I’m really tired of seeing Coleman shoving and jawing after the play but getting lit up between the whistles.

    • Wilbert M.

      We were laughing about Coleman doing his strongman celebration early in the game and then not being able to tackle Santana Moss. He can’t play and neither can Allen. Allen got burned so bad on the first TD is was pathetic. It’s ridiculous how easy it is to get Allen and Coleman to bite on run fakes.

  • Mr. Magee

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Andy wants everyone to know that it’s all his responsibility… He’s got to step up his game, do a better job of coaching, blah blah blah.

  • Lurie hater

    this teams talent was far overrated by Reid and Howie and combined with his horrible game day coaching results in this mess..

    Brent Celek truly sucks this year, I would cut him, Avant, Coleman, Allen, Cole, Babin, Namdi as soon as possible.

    Can Lurie act like a man and fire this walking stiff of a coach tomorrow?

  • Brian M.

    Well this team certainly gives all the writers something to talk about. It is so frustrating with all the offensive “talent” we are supposed to have that we can’t get into the endzone. However all the issues this team has were pointed out in the offseason and not taken care of. No red zone threat with little receivers, lack of depth on the o-line (king dunlap was only brought back when peters went down), and safetys. Everyone was crying for good linebackers and safetys if they wanted to play the wide nine and they didnt address the needs. They thought the talent would cover up the obvious deficiencies, but it back fired.

  • xlGmanlx

    “I know there is plenty of toughness on the team. I don’t know if we’re channeling all the toughness in the right areas,” said Jenkins

    Translation – The coaches have lost this team. That is a polite way of saying the staff probably doesn’t know what they are doing.

  • xlGmanlx

    Can we agree that Mudd needs to move on? Can we also agree that a “mudd guy” probably sucks to 31 other teams? Injuries happen in the NFL, not being able to plug and play is a step backwards. The entire coaching staff needs to be dismissed.

    Que “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL of them!!!” sound bite

    • Kimbafuzz

      Mudd and Washburn both need to move on.

  • xlGmanlx

    The question is why was maclin and DJAX on the sideline for a critical third down? MM is smarter than us I guess

  • chill

    chill man its cool you people get worked up to quick they will figur it out

  • barry_nic

    The only good thing Celek did was he finally got a first down and he didn’t prance around like an ape and signal first down. About time.