After the Eagles finished whipping the Redskins on Monday night, several Philadelphia players said trash talk and dirty play from Redskins safety LaRon Landry motivated them.
Eagles center Mike McGlynn claims that Landry spat in his face twice during the game.
“Landry came and spit in my face, and that fired us all up,” McGlynn said, per Philadelphia Sports Daily. “We were looking to really put the afterburners on them. It’s good to see that we came out and score 60 points, almost. We all want to play the game with all the respect in the world, but when you’re disrespectful like that. . . . I just think there has to be more respect for the game than that. It’s a terrible thing, and we said, ‘Let’s just keep pouring it on them.’ ”
This is the second straight week that an NFL player has accused an opponent of spitting in his face: Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spat in his face during a confrontation last week, although the NFL said there was no conclusive evidence of the spitting. If Landry was caught spitting on tape, however, he’ll likely be heavily fined, and maybe even suspended.
But that’s not all that had the Eagles fired up. Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion on one of the plays that led to the NFL’s increased emphasis on player safety this season, said Landry came up to him before the game and threatened to knock Jackson out.
“He brought up my concussion, and said, ‘I’m going to put you asleep again,’ ” said Jackson.
Landry’s comments led to a pregame skirmish, and some of Jackson’s teammates said Landry had gone way too far.
“Everybody trash talks, but there are certain things you talk about and certain things you don’t,” Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin said. “In incidents where someone is really hurt, or life-changing incidents like that – you don’t talk about those type of things. Thirty was running at the mouth a little too much.”
So Landry got the Eagles fired up. And the Eagles’ revenge was displayed on the scoreboard.