Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins blasts team’s lack of ‘fight’ vs. Saints
It is difficult to pinpoint the reasoning for Philadelphia’s abysmal performance since there were so many. According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Jenkins attributes their struggles to a lack of intensity:
“It was embarrassing, quite frankly. It was one of those things that I didn’t feel like as a team we had a lot of fight. I would rather get thrown out of a game than just lay down and take it,” Jenkins said at his locker stall Tuesday. “There were a ton of frustrations, one being obviously me going back to New Orleans — it’s a game that meant a lot to me — but just the demeanor of the team really bothered me.
“At this point in time, we need to figure some things out about ourselves.”
There is certainly plenty of truth to Jenkins’ comments. Unfortunately, this has been the case throughout much of the 2018 NFL season. The Eagles have had a number of chances to re-stake their claim as bonafide defending Super Bowl champs. However, it is clear that they have lost much of the fight that helped make them so successful last season.
Philadelphia made plenty of bold statements coming off their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The team seemed rather confident that they would be able to defend their title. However, the combination of losses in the coaching staff and a Super Bowl hangover has plagued the Eagles all season long.
Fortunately, they still have a chance to potentially squeak into the playoffs thanks to a lackluster NFC East. They sit just two games behind an injury-plagued Washington Redskins team with six weeks to go. They will need to string together several wins if they are to have any hope of playing in the postseason.