Center Jason Kelce talked about players taking more accountability last week after the Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys.
Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins talked about a team that may not have shown enough fight in getting demoralized by the New Orleans Saints, saying on Tuesday, “I didn’t feel like as a team that we had a lot of fight … I think that when a team jumps on you like the Saints did, and things get rolling, you find out a lot about yourself. You’re going to get blown out regardless. You either get blown out swinging or blown out laying down. And I think you had a little bit of both.”
Jenkins also said, “We can deal with guys getting beat. Mistakes happen. If you don’t win at the point of attack, cool. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if you’re not giving us everything you’ve got, especially when our backs are against the wall, then that’s just something that as leaders of the team, we need to nip in the bud. We’re at that moment where we can’t carry non-essential personnel.
“Not to say that there aren’t guys playing hard, or that they aren’t giving it what they’ve got. It’s just that we need every drop of that at this point, and we’re going to demand that from the top of the roster all the way to the bottom.”
Head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday prior to practice that he had no issues with Kelce and Jenkins questioning this 4-6 team’s shortcomings.
“They’re disappointed, we’re all disappointed,” said Pederson. “The season’s not gone the way we had anticipated coming out of training camp … You might take Malcolm’s comments as finger pointing or Kelce, it’s not finger pointing. They’re talking about themselves, too, right? They hold themselves accountable. I hold myself accountable. Then collectively we can do that as a group.”
Pederson said Jenkins and did not single anybody out in his comments.
“I talk to them about ownership quite a bit, and I think some of his comments are directed towards him,” said the coach. “He’ll own that. And I think it kind of sends a message a little bit to everybody. We’re all held to a higher standard and it starts with me. I lean on our leadership of this football team quite a bit and ask that if they see something to respond. Listen, I don’t think he’s addressing it to one particular person, I think it’s a whole, it’s a group. We all need to kind of step our game up.”
NOTES: Pederson said that defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is ready to go, but isn’t sure how large of a role he will have Sunday against the New York Giants. Asked what that role would look like, Pederson said, “A good one.” And what that means in terms of snaps? “One hundred percent of the game, I don’t know, we’ll see.” …
Quarterback Carson Wentz was named the recipient of the Eagles’ Ed Block Courage Award. The award honors NFL players who exemplify commitments to the principals of sportsmanship and courage. Wentz returned from last years’ season-ending knee injury and is completing 69.5 percent of his throws with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, three of which came in New Orleans last Sunday.
The award dates back to 1984. The previous 10 Eagles recipients were: Joe Walker, Nolan Carroll, Fletcher Cox, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Kelce, Colt Anderson, Mike Patterson, Jason Avant, Michael Vick, and Jon Dorenbos.