Jeffrey Lurie Calls on Football to Be Our “Great Unifier”

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie responded to Donald Trump’s recent comments on NFL players protesting the national anthem by calling on the world’s most-attended sports league to serve as a rallying point for unity in this fractured time for our country.

Trump spoke at a rally in Alabama on Friday in support of Republican Sen. Luther Strange, where he went off the path of politics and took aim at football players protesting the national anthem, as well as the owners who continue to employ them. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!”

You can check out more of Trump’s seemingly off-the-cuff remarks here:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had this to say:

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

On Sunday, Eagles players stood side-by-side with coaches and front office members during “The Star-Spangled Banner” and locked arms as a sign of unity. Several teams across the league responded in kind to Trump’s comments.

“For me personally, this has been over the last year,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told reporters when asked his thoughts on Trump’s comments following the Birds’ 27-24 win over the Giants on Sunday. “It is nothing different than what I read on social media posts and comments. I think those who have not been involved felt more pressure to get involved at this point. My focus is to continue to bring attention to the issues that we have in this country, specifically what we have in Philadelphia, and how I can use my platform to help in those issues and really strengthen our communities.”

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Eagles Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins Speak Out on Charlottesville

Photo of Chris Long (left) by Kiel Leggere. Photo of Malcolm Jenkins by Jeff Fusco.

By now I assume we’re all aware of the pure evil that came out of the shadows and reared its ugly head in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. If not, here’s a good retrospective of the reprehensible – and utterly pathetic – Nazi/KKK rally that very predictably escalated into a violent affair on Saturday, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead and at least 34 injured in its wake. Read more »

Eagles Players Disagree With Doug Pederson Questioning Their Effort

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Two days after questioning his players’ effort in the Eagles’ 32-14 loss to the Bengals, Doug Pederson said Wednesday morning that the locker room’s response had been “great” and “positive” and how “they understand.” But several players significantly disagreed with Pederson’s comments on Wednesday afternoon.

While Nigel Bradham called Pederson’s comments “shocking,” Jalen Mills said he “didn’t see that” and Nolan Carroll pointed to the two late fumbles the Eagles’ defense forced in the fourth quarter. Malcolm Jenkins added that “it’s not an issue.”

“I know the intent of the guys that I practice with and play with everyday, and I didn’t see effort being an issue,” Jenkins said. “It puts us in a little bit of a tough position as players because now everybody wants to know, ‘Well, who were you talking about?’ But that’s not something that we’re worried about. I think everybody in this room understands that our effort is the last thing to go. We understand in ourselves that we’re not quitters and we trust that the guys next to us aren’t quitting either.” Read more »

All-22 Review: How the Eagles’ Defense Dominated the Falcons

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Some position-by-position thoughts on the Eagles’ defense after watching the All-22 coaches film from their 24-15 win over the Falcons:

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

*Jim Schwartz turned in another terrific game calling the shots, and while the Eagles have plenty of talent on defense, he’s a big reason the Birds rank third in the NFL in points per game allowed, sixth in yards per game allowed and sixth in takeaways. Against Atlanta, Schwartz’s unit held the Falcons to season lows in points (15), yards (303), first downs (11), offensive plays (48) and time of possession (21:50). Before the game on Sunday, Atlanta ranked first in the NFL in points per game (33.9) and second in the league in yards per game (429.2). Read more »

Is Malcolm Jenkins a Model for Protesting in the Age of Trump?

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins looks tired.

The Eagles have just wrapped up a practice on the Thursday after Election Day at the NovaCare complex in South Philly, and Jenkins settles into a dark leather chair in the corner of a small spare office. He’s wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, and a black Eagles T-shirt that looks like it’s made of those synthetic fibers that are supposed to make you sweat less when you exercise.

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