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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Eagles-Falcons, Day After: ‘A Confidence Booster’

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

It felt like the Eagles were going to blow another close game.

After the offense failed to convert on second-and-goal from the 2-yard-line and third-and-goal from the 1-yard-line early in the fourth quarter, Philadelphia settled for another field goal. It was the Eagles’ second visit inside the 11-yard-line in the second half, and they only managed six points in those two trips. You knew Atlanta’s high-powered offense was going to make a big play at some point, and just a few snaps later, they did.

Facing second-and-11 from their own 24-yard-line, Taylor Gabriel ran a double-move. Leodis McKelvin bit hard on the fake, and Matt Ryan tossed the ball over the top of the defense.

“Sh-t, got greedy!” McKelvin said. “Sh-t opened up so wide, I was like, ‘He gonna sit this b-tch down as a curl, so I’m gonna jump this b-tch and make a play! Oh sh-t, wrong time!” Read more »

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