Doug Pederson, Malcolm Jenkins, and a Bothersome Demeanor

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Did the Eagles quit on Doug Pederson?

I don’t think they ever really got started, but we’ve listened to some recent sound bites from veterans that suggest that the Eagles aren’t exactly operating like a well-oiled machine both on and off the field. Jason Kelce has been in headlines talking about chemistry and accountability. 

Yesterday Malcolm Jenkins threw another word into the mix – demeanor. He didn’t like what he saw on Sunday from the team.

From Jeff McLane at the Inquirer:

“It was just embarrassing, quite frankly,” Jenkins said about the loss. “I didn’t feel as a team we had a lot of fight. I’d rather get thrown out of a game than just lay down and take it. … The demeanor of the team really bothered me. And then just the frustration of having guys you work hard with and spend time with getting injured, it was just a rough day overall. But at this point in time, we need to figure out some things about ourselves.”

“When a team jumps on you like the Saints did and things get rolling, you find out a lot about yourself,” Jenkins said. “You’re going to get blown out regardless. You’re either going to get blown out swinging or you’re going to get blown out laying down. And I think you had a little bit of both.”

Jenkins went on to explain that he himself is not exempt from criticism while adding:

“…if you don’t know what you’re doing or you’re not giving us everything you got, especially with our backs on the wall, that’s just something that as leaders of the team, we need to nip in the bud.”

I don’t know about you, but Jenkins looked like he was one of the few guys that really truly gave a shit on Sunday. I’m not sure if that has something to with him being a former Saint or a veteran player. Maybe it’s both at the same time, but when the game was out of reach, he was the only guy who seemed to have any fight left in him. The denouement was Jenkins flipping off Sean Payton at the game’s end.

Today Doug Pederson was asked about Jenkins’ “demeanor” quote, and said this:

“I think it, quite frankly, you know I talk about ownership quite a bit, and I think some of his comments are directed towards him. You know? He’ll own that. I think it kind of sends a message a little bit to everybody. We’re all held to a higher standard. It starts with me, and I lean on the 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 one particular person, I think it’s a whole. It’s a group. We all need to step our game up.”

More or less.

While we’re at it, and this apropos of nothing, but what’s the deal with people trying to boil the Eagles’ problems down to one single thing? Is it some sports radio behavior that bleeds into social media? What’s with the arguing about Carson Wentz and Nick Foles? I had some guy on here yesterday playing the race card with Donovan McNabb and saying that I’ve been too soft on Wentz. Really?

The reality is that they’ve had a combination of problems this season. The injury situation is horrendous. Wentz has struggled at times. The defense is giving up cheap plays. There’s not much of a run game. There’s clearly a Super Bowl hangover.

It’s all of those things. It’s demeanor and attitude and accountability mixed in with everything I just mentioned and baked into a Thanksgiving pie that looks and tastes like crap.

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15 Responses

  1. Sunday’s complete ass whooping followed up by the comments of Jenkins indicates this team is on the verge of completely unraveling. A loss to the Giants on Sunday would certainly push this team over that edge. At that point, I think we could potentially be looking at a team overhaul and rebuild come the offseason. And that would come just a season removed from a SB win too. Truly shocking.

    1. Sunday’s complete shootout followed up by the comments of Wentz indicates this team is on the verge of a superbowl appearance. A loss to the Giants on Sunday would certainly push this team over that edge. At that point, I think we could potentially be looking at a dynasty. And that would come just a season removed from a SB win too. Truly.

    2. Comments by The Gov indicate that he’s on the verge of getting the shits because
      On the rancid mayo they use at CHinigal Deli he goes to.
      This indicates that Ray Diddy will have to come over and use a hoyer lift to pull the govs
      fat ass off the hopper while they disinfect everything within a 3 block radius.
      At that point, I think we would could potentially be looking at a hazmat suits
      and a new wardrobe in the off season. And that would come just 1 season after he polluted Ray Diddy’s
      car with the condominiumints that slimed out of the grinder he bought.
      Truly Shocking.

  2. What’s the difference between Wentz and McNabb? Other than that McNabb at this point in his career (with far less tools than were handed to Wentz) achieved more.

    If you want to make it about race, that’s on you, pal.

    I know for a lot of people its about race.

    For a lot of people, especially in the media it’s about staying in good favorite with the idiot who has run Sports Radio in this town for 25 years and who mad an ass out of himself bussing 30 drunks to boo McNabb on draft day. And then spent ten years crucifying him for every minor and major problem he had and belittling all the greatness he had just in a futile attempt to save face.

    You said McNabb never won when it counted, which is dismissive and basically a childlike response. Well, guess who else “never won when it counted”: Secular Saint Brian Dawkins. He was in the secondary that Tom Brady picked apart at will in the Super Bowl. He was chasing Larry Fitzgerald around like a chicken with his head cut off as Kurt Warren and Fitz had a field day against the Eagles defense in the 2009 NFC Championship game.

    As far as Wentz goes, your blue eyed savior is not living up to the hype. He and Pederson padded a lot of stats against a lot of bad teams last season. He is 1-12 in games where the other team makes him put up points by scoring 26 or more. Then in pressure he seems to wither away. But, no, never say a bad word about him. He’s the golden child. And if you don’t think race has something to do with that mentality for a large segment of the fanbase you’re either naive or a liar. I don’t know which is worse.

    RE; Foles vs. Wentz. They have identical career numbers. Big difference Foles won 3 playoff games including a Super Bowl. Wentz watched those games from the sideline. Yet one is considered a joke, the other the Second Coming.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. While we are rumour mongering…nothing on the rumour
    of Wentz be traded for Sammy Sleeves and a 7th round pick?

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