Eagles Lose Their Cool

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Minneapolis — Flags were flying and tempers were flaring and the Viking horn was blowing for score after Minnesota score. The well-oiled machine that had ripped off five in a row broke down on Mall Of America Field.

A defense that had held its opponents to 21 points or fewer for nine games straight surrendered 48 to a Vikings team that was operating without running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. LeSean McCoy, coming off a career day in the snow against Detroit, had 38 yards on just eight carries. The offense overall was choppy.

“A lot of frustration, honestly,” said DeSean Jackson. “We thought as an offense we should have came out there and be able to have a lot more success. We weren’t able to get it done. It was very frustrating, especially after the way we’ve been able to play the last couple weeks.”




The first signs of that frustration came in the third quarter after Nick Foles' second interception of the season. Jackson, the intended target, was animated as he returned to the sideline, apparently shouting in the direction of receivers coach Bob Bicknell and later, Jason Avant. Riley Cooper stepped in as mediator and was pushed away by Jackson, who eventually calmed down after a conversation with Avant away from the rest of the team.

"Football family is like dysfunction at times," said Avant. "Sometimes tempers flare, and maybe the cameras caught that, but it's no big deal."

"I feel like I ran a great route, a great play call and I felt like I was open," said Jackson. "I guess Nick wasn't able to see right away. It took a little bit for the ball to get there, I looked up and I guess [Shaun Prater] came off Riley. At first when I ran the route nobody was on me.

"It was a frustrating part of the game. A big turnaround. I felt like I was open and I wasn't able to get the ball and make a play."

Jackson caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Foles later in the quarter and ended the day with 10 catches for 195 yards.

"I just went over there and tried to squash it," said Chip Kelly, "and we'll get to the bottom of it."

Lack of discipline on the defensive side of the ball cost the Eagles down the stretch.

Roc Carmichael was whistled for taunting  following a Minnesota punt early in the fourth quarter. The penalty backed the Eagles up to their own four-yard line. After a three-and-out, the Vikings started the next drive on the Eagles' 36. Patrick Chung was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the first play of that series for flinging Matt Asiata down out of bounds. On the very next play, Cary Williams got in a shoving match with a Minnesota receiver and also got called for unnecessary roughness. Minnesota scored a play later, upping its advantage to 19.

"It showed a lack of maturity. Hopefully it doesn't carry over to the other games because you can't have those in order to be a playoff team," said Avant. "You can't have those and beat a team that is fundamentally sound like the Bears."

Williams was pulled from the game in favor of Carmichael so that he could "cool off," according to Bill Davis. He declined to speak with reporters afterwards.

"I was disappointed. I was disappointed that we lost our cool," said Davis. "It's a good group of veterans that can usually handle themselves, and we lost our cool at the end. We've got to get that fixed . Things are going to go bad sometimes. You've got to be able to handle it.

"[Williams] has been great, he really has. This is the first time that we really lost our composure."

Said Kelly of the undisciplined play: "That will be straightened out. That's not how we're supposed to play, it's obviously unacceptable and we'll take care of that."

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  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    zero tolerance for immaturity chip. The list of immature players is long

  • Scott J

    It’s disappointing the way the players reacted to losing.

  • jakethesnake

    can’t blame players for getting pi$$ed, they don’t like it when the coaching staff has a $hit game plan
    – stupid kickoff strategy…if henery can’t reach the back of the end zone cut his twerpy a$$
    – stupid defensive strategy – back off, rush 4, hope Cassel is rusty? wtf? every time they blitzed Cassel screwed up….hello billy davis are you watching the game?
    – abandoning the run way too early.
    – stupid 4th down call putting foles in the shotgun from your own 20.
    fast talking chip was talking extra fast at his press conf…..I pin this loss on him

  • jesse

    I think we have all lost focus here and have gotten caught up in the great play from this team. we are still in the first year of a completely new scheme on both sides of the ball, if you had told me at the beginning of the season we would be 8-6 and fighting fora playoff spot i”d be very satisfied. so that said very disappointed in this loss really not on board with the giving up half the field on kick offs

  • birdsfanindc

    Here’s an interesting conspiracy theory: having realized that an Eagles victory against Minneapolis would make the Sunday night game against Chicago meaningless, the NFL fixed the match to avoid the embarrassment of having Matt Barkley play on National TV.

    I mean, how else would you explain the horrible officiating and the bad play calling by Chip?

    And just to top it off, the refs overturned a clear INT by Green Bay that would have put them on top of Dallas and then proceeded to call some BS penalties to keep the drive alive for the Cowboys.

    Yes, I’m a sore loser, but it does seem suspicious, no?

    • G_WallyHunter

      NFL has a first priority of profit, and plenty of team sports have been fixed before, I don’t put it past them at all. Although, it wouldn’t make next week meaningless, as Dallas could still win out and win division if Eagles lost the Chicago game.
      But I don’t put fixing games past the NFL, all it takes is a little bit of funky officiating.

  • jon h

    Sucks that we lost, but if we’re going to lose one of the last three games, this is the one. Sure it’s against a crappy team, but it gives us a chance to adjust. We can no refocus and realize that the playoffs won’t be handed to us, we have to earn it. Chip will get it fixed – just hope Boykin is back next week.

    • Jason

      I’d rather have lost the Cowboys game with Vick playing with the rest of the back ups. But otherwise I agree.

  • theycallmerob

    This.
    I knew something was bothering me that we’ve left out. Thanks for the article.
    The undisciplined play was the most bothersome aspect to today’s performance. Can’t have that going forward.

    • Jason

      Agree, but the penalty on Chung was horrendous. Not a fan of his play, but what else could he do?

  • EaglefaninAZ

    I’m surprised at the lack of focus shown for sure. I was predicting an Eagles blow out. Undisciplined play is generally attributed to bad coaching. Still thrilled we’ve gotten as far as we have, but that game was quite a downer.

  • Richard Colton

    This is the Desean Jackson story in microcosm. 10 catches, 195 yards, talent for days, unique, mercurial, etc… But when there’s a little adversity, he can’t take it. Djax blew off two obligations. First, he HAS to play defense on that underthrown Foles’ int. He half-a$$ed it. Second, the above quote comes dangerously close to ripping your QB territory. I get that he’ll never be a leader, but he needs to grow the hell up.

    • theycallmerob

      stupid djax admiral ackbar

      • Richard Colton

        it happens. apparently it takes more than a bannana smoothie to avoid the trap.

        Edit: holy crap. it might not matter. Go pack go!

        • cliff henny

          yup, got away with dud game.

    • evanphilly

      Aside from that snafu, he has shown a lot of poise over the course of the season. Obviously when a team is getting blown out of the water (or dome), frustrations will mount.

      • Richard Colton

        Its hard to get mad at someone for being who they’ve always been. I like Djax. He makes great plays. When things are going well, and the pressure is off, you can count on him.

        • Clamdigger

          He should be benched for the remainder of the regular season for his behavior. I don’t care if it was a bad game. It’s one loss after a long winning streak. Awful response by a veteran.

          • BrickSquadMonopoly

            Bench him for his whole career. Ban him from the nfl our kids cant watch this.

          • Clamdigger

            Yep. :)

          • HowboutdemIggles

            Did you just agree to your own comment?

          • Clamdigger

            You know it.

          • Clamdigger

            Hey, he sat Blount for a season for punching a dude. Jackson went at a position coach. If the Cowpies lose to Washington, bench him for the Bears game.

          • anon

            Foles for his first half play? Or for throwing that chop block that negated a td. Ppl get riled but if you actually watched the game desean was the least of our problems

          • Clamdigger

            Jackson is typically awesome on the field and an awful teammate who likes to call out other players when things go bad. He’s a big part of what they do on offense, but if that had been Brad Smith, he would’ve been walking home.

    • morgan c

      Wow Richard Colton you are bang on. In fact, you are too kind to DeSean.

      “I feel like I ran a great route, a great play call and I felt like I
      was open,” said Jackson. “I guess Nick wasn’t able to see right away. It
      took a little bit for the ball to get there, I looked up and I guess [Shaun Prater] came off Riley. At first when I ran the route nobody was on me.

      THAT IS RIPPING your qb and throwing him under the bus. Ya, it was a bad throw. It happens. You fucking gave up on the play and show no fight for the ball. You have to react to circumstance, and there, you gotta play defense. Blaming your quarterback… who has been great all year. God, I like when you score, but you are just an idiot – you don’t get it and never will. Loser.

      • anon

        Did you see that huge play he had in the 4th? He was right desean was wide open on the Foles play but it was a terrible throw I honestly don’t think desean saw it. That wasn’t their only miscommunication. Gotta be frustrating when you’re playing against the Vikings practice squad

    • JofreyRice

      yeah, he threw him under the bus, there. I mean, not a great pass, but it’s gonna happen b/c Foles takes shots downfield. You don’t dime the guy out like that, though.

    • Token

      Just wrote the same thing before reading this. You are right on. Just dont think he will ever quite get it. He may always be that immature kid. Ive wrote about it earlier in the year, when things are tough Jackson just isnt the guy you want. His attitude gets terrible.

      I read on twitter Foles said something like “stick with me” to Jackson after he say his lack of effort on the ball and run back. I think thats a good thing. If the guy is gonna be the QB then hes gotta reel a guy like Jackson in. Let him know whose running the show.

      And im sure hes noting not to ever give Jackson a contested ball. Tho that should have already been known. Just not a strength of Jacksons.

      • BlindChow

        Jackson’s played defender on several contested balls this season. It sounds like in this case he didn’t realize the defender was right there.

      • Jason

        Absolutely agree, throw the jump balls to Copper. He goes after the ball in the air. Jackson said for the ball.

        Chow- Jackson sort of played defender on Patterson, the others were more dropped then defend. IMO

      • aub32

        O how some of you forget so quickly. Do you not remember how Jackson prevented the Peterson INT in the Cards game. He has played great this season, but you and others never liked him in the first place. Had that been McCoy or Foles caught on camera your narrative would be, “O they are competitiors, they want the ball.” The guy had nearly half of Foles yards, and a 2nd TD erased by…..Foles. He was also open and could have easily had 250 yards yesterday.

        • Token

          Were Foles and McCoy caught on camera? Multiple times?

          If it were a isolated incident, then I dont think people would get so upset. But Jackson does this time and time again, damn near every tough game. You just cant have that kind of immaturity.

          Based on numbers the guy will be kept this offseason, so he better grow up quickly. He has a history of this. Somebody has to reel the guy in. Hes 27 years old for god sake. Far from a kid. Hes a big boy now.

    • Will

      Jackson was wide open uncovered for the first 2/3’s of that route, the ball was thrown late to him there was no need for the pick….DJax had every right to be pissed….

    • Eagles4Life

      I’m going to assume you haven’t played football or maybe didn’t take the time to look at the physics of that play. DJacc is fast and he was running fast on that play. He wasn’t able to throttle down until he that the pass was thrown short and that there was a guy moving in the opposite direction to cut it off. He would have had to come to an almost stop, turn around, jump back a little bit, and then contest the catch against someone who was already in the air. C’mon, man…

      • Richard Colton

        Going to assume that you’re an idiot. Watching from home, I may have not had the best view of the play. Know who did? Jason Avant. That’s why he called out Jackson for his effort. So the argument isn’t between me and #10 – it was between DeSean and his team. You disagree? Fine. Take it up with the most respected WR on the team.

        • Eagles4Life

          He didn’t run or give effort after the interception occurred…that’s a fact. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the inability for him to “defend” the interception from happening, which is what you asserted, no?

          • Richard Colton

            I’m talking about both. You’re the only person, including the rest of the team who saw the play that way. Unless “E4L” is code for Steve Largent or Jerry Rice, I’m going to trust his teammates reaction.

            But seriously, nice ad hominem. I’m sure Djax appreciates you trying to defend the indefensible.

          • Eagles4Life

            All accounts I’ve seen were talking about his effort to make the tackle after the pick. If you can show me something indicating otherwise, I’ll tip my hat and shut up lol. Otherwise, I’d say your analysis took his lack of effort further than need be based on what the visual evidence showed.

          • Richard Colton

            You’re in a minority of one. This is starting to bore me. Mostly because you took a cheap shot, but whatever. It’s the same maturity your boy showed on Sunday. Here you go: 24/7’s take. I’ll be on the other thread waiting for you to tell Sheil he never played football.

            “Having said that, this game ball comes with a caveat. Jackson failed to make a play on the ball on Foles’ interception, not-so-quietly voiced his displeasure on the sideline and had to be calmed down.”

          • Eagles4Life

            Did you take a look at the photo at the top of the most recent article on Desean? Does it look like he was physically in a position to make a play on the ball? Oh. Ok.

          • Richard Colton

            It did. Was that for me? Or everyone else? Because nobody, including DeSean feels that way. Just you. No need to apologize to me, just learn from your mistake and move on.

          • Eagles4Life

            LOL I see you’d like to stick to your guns despite photographic evidence of his momentum taking him out of the play on the ball. No one has disagreed that he put in no effort to run Prater down after the fact. It is only you that is trying to make it seem like the interception was his fault as well.

          • Richard Colton

            Done with you because you won’t read. When Sheil said “failed to make play on the ball” what did he mean? Run down the ball carrier after the int or make a play on the ball in the air?

            You realize you’re the only person still making this an issue, right? despite overwhelming evidence that you’re wrong. Since we’re at it, what’s your opinion of the Zapruder film?

          • Eagles4Life

            Reading something versus seeing something. I’d tend to believe tangible evidence. And I’d love to know more about this overwhelming evidence that you speak of…have any teammates or Desean himself said he should have broken up the int? You keep pointing to something Sheil wrote when there is a photo of the play in plain view. If that’s not idiocy, I don’t know what is. And it’s not an issue, it’s just amusing to see someone argue with little evidence to support their position.

          • Richard Colton

            so you disagree with 24/7’s description of the play? yes or no? Please show me one post on this site or one article written anywhere that suggests otherwise.

            Desean needed to play defense on the ball. it was one of TWO things he did wrong.

          • Eagles4Life

            Dude. Have you LOOKED at the play? Have you LOOKED at the photo that is clearly posted on the 24/7 website? Lol until you do, just be quiet, because you sound crazy. “I’m not going to watch video or look at any pictures. Just give me some print!” lol smh

          • Richard Colton

            I saw the play and I saw the same thing Jason Avant, Desean Jackson, Sheil Kapadia and everyone else saw. The picture you keep referencing is AFTER he failed to adjust on the ball…or (as Sheil puts it) “make a play on the ball.” If you had ANY guts at all, you wouldn’t be name calling on a dead thread, you would be posting this where other people can point and laugh at your nonsense. Go ahead – you still have time. I promise I’ll even be nice when I respond.

            But I suspect you know you’re wrong, and that’s why you won’t.

          • Eagles4Life

            Lol so what you’re trying to tell me is Desean could have rerouted himself and made a play on the ball, but instead chose to act like he was continuing his route, arms outstretched, and eyes wide open to sell the fact that he wasn’t going to try and break up the pick? And once again, WHERE have Avant and Jackson said that was the case? Lol c’mon

          • Richard Colton

            You’re an absolute clown. By the time the players are in the air, it was too late. That’s why your 1 frame picture evidence is meaningless. Again – why are you arguing with me? Grow a set and argue with Sheil on an open thread. Here you go, I’ll get you started.

            Sheil, I don’t understand why you, Jason Avant and the WR coach are ripping DeSean for “not making a play on the ball” I saw the picture and he didn’t have a play. What’s up?

            go ahead – I promise I won’t respond 1st.

          • Eagles4Life

            Again, where has that been stated by any player or coach? I’ll wait. Ripped for quitting after the pick, but I’ve seen zilch about prior to. I’ll wait for you and your print sources to surface it though.

  • UKEagle99

    Romo just choked muwahahaha! Its December!

  • jesse

    tony homo and the cowpokes just lost yes yes yes !!!!!!

    • Explorer51

      Yeah, it’s f’ing great that Dallas lost but snide gay references just aren’t cool…

      • UKEagle99

        Agreed. Its not like you have to make stuff up to poke fun at Romo, he does offer up a lot of ammunition. Tony Romo and the Cowchokes works just as well. He is the Santa Claus of Texas, you wake up Monday morning, check the box score and there is a huge turd wrapped up, just for you Cowboys fans. Merry Christmas! and no, we will not have it in any month except December.

      • Thomas Peace

        Yes, it’s good that Dallas lost. One question though… who appointed you as speach policeman?

  • EuropeanEagle

    Hello Tony Romo, I love you, good night!

    • Kevin

      Agreed. It made a rough afternoon a little better. No matter what happens next week, the Eagles will play for the division title week 17 ( unless Tony is Tony and we bounce back against da Bears). I know this loss hurts, but at the beginning of the year if we knew the Eagles will be in it to week 17 and control their own destiny, how people wouldn’t have signed up for that on the spot.

  • Aussie Eagle

    nobody wants to win the East…

  • Mr. Wu

    Tony Romo for Eagles MVP!!!

  • UKEagle99

    After review of the play, it’s December and Romo sucks.

    • JofreyRice

      cue Maggie

  • takeo

    yes im an eagle fan… and ive a tony romo poster over my bed. No nfl player has given me so many joyful moments.

    • UKEagle99

      Kudos for being able to get it up with Romo watching.

      • Johnny Domino

        You assume much.

        • UKEagle99

          Yes. After I typed it I wondered whether he was looking at the poster, hence the joyful moments. I went and showered in bleach afterwards.

    • UKEagle99

      I think you doing Eli a disservice, I love his INT pout

  • theycallmerob

    At least at the end of the day, we can all still say “F@CK DALLAS”.

    • UKEagle99

      I tuned in during the 2nd Qtr and said OMG I cant watch this, so glad I did, great game. The bad taste from eating yellow Minnie snow has gone!

    • Mr. Wu

      I do feel better now….smh

  • morgan c

    cowboys epic collapse! wow. just amazing. sorry i know we should have won, but this is just amazing news.

  • Johnny Domino

    Thank God for Tony Romo: the gift that keeps on giving each holiday season!

    • jesse

      you know Clark it really is the gift that keeps on gviving

    • JofreyRice

      I wish someone would tell me how it’s just a figment of our imagination that he’s a choker.

  • cliff henny

    MULLIGAN!

  • Mr. Wu

    Romo/Cowboys – the best Eagles friendly contract in sports

  • EuropeanEagle

    Our own private Santa says…

  • UKEagle99

    We MUST win against the Bears.

    • Mr. Wu

      and the girls…..no way the redskins are doing what GB did

      • UKEagle99

        Hence why we must beat the Bears. I think Dallas wins next week.

    • jesse

      agreed but after the way our secondary just got burned those two wide-outs scare me

  • jesse

    really hope we can get a 1 CB and a stud safety in the off season

  • Kevin

    Not pulling an Arians, but did anyone else have an issue with the officiating? It looked like the Dline was getting held bad on a few of the big plays. Billy Davis was right, it all evens out in the end.

    • UKEagle99

      Send the tape in, at least 16 though, Arians only sent 15 plays in.

    • Johnny Domino

      I pulled an Arians once, cost me a month on the DL.

      • Kevin

        Huls would have had you back in two weeks… need more the smoothies.

    • nicksaenz1

      Yeah, the officiating was terrible, and not just in our game.

    • Andy

      This team didn’t get penalties because they lost their composure, they
      lost their composure because they were penalized for borderline
      offenses.

  • UKEagle99

    I’ve just caught up with the pressers. Huge Kudos to Foles, he genuinely came across as a leader who put it on his back. I especially liked his responses to DJax, wish the inverse was true.

  • Andy124

    House money.

  • Token

    n/m moved

  • Loke1988

    Jackson is a punk. It is proven over and over again. More trouble than he’s worth.

    • Justin

      10 catches, 195 yards, and 1 TD this week disagree with you.

  • James Scott

    Sports Illustraed believe it or not , there’s a Madden, It’s done now bring on bears and cowboys.