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Brent Celek hopes Eagles understand jobs are on the line

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Even though owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that the Eagles needed to show improvement from last year if they wanted to avoid major changes, tight end Brent Celek didn’t think that the team would be playing for Andy Reid’s job.

That’s where Celek and his teammates find themselves at this point in the season. At 3-6, it is going to take one massive run to the finish in order for the Eagles to fulfill Lurie’s desire for progress. The chances of that happening are somewhere between slim and none.

There are several reasons why that’s unlikely — just type Michael Vick or Juan Castillo in that search box for some of them — but one that’s been an issue of late has been their effort level. Martin Frank of the Wilmington News-Journal reports that some of Celek’s teammates are finding it hard to keep fighting with defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins saying it feels like he’s stuck in the same day. Celek doesn’t think it should be that hard to find motivation at this point in the season.

“I hope it’s personal for guys,” Celek said. “I hope they understand that other guys’ jobs are on the line. Their jobs are on the line. My job’s on the line. Everyone’s is. We’ve got to start playing.”

With change likely coming to Philly, current Eagles will be playing for their current jobs as well as trying to put things on film that will entice future employers. That should be plenty of reason to keep showing up to work in body and mind the rest of the way even if it ultimately doesn’t do anything to change the course of the Eagles season.

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11 Responses to “Brent Celek hopes Eagles understand jobs are on the line”
  1. eagleswin says: Nov 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    If they’d have been playing that way the whole season maybe it would’ve been slightly different.

    I still boggle at the decision to make Mike Vick the franchise QB. That guy has gotten more coaches canned than anyone else in football.

    Even though he’s only a rookie (and will make plenty of mistakes) I am looking forward to seeing if Foles can be the QB of the future. He made more audibles and presnap reads in one half of football than Mike Vick made in 2.5 years as the eagles QB.

    Once teams figured out that Vick could only throw “go” routes, he was ineffective with his arm and now, like most RBs over the age of 30, his legs are failing him.

  2. ntestarossa says: Nov 14, 2012 9:38 AM

    Wow, the Jets need a player like this..would counter act the stupidity comming out of Slausens mouth.

  3. cooklynn17 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:45 AM

    Including yours Brent

  4. eaglelover1 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    Really Eagleswin? name one Coach that got fired because of Mike Vick? I’ll wait………………I can name you a coach that tried to make him something he was not and failed miserably…i can also show you a coach that went completely away from what worked in 2010 with the same QB….but you all know so much about football you I’m sure you knew that already………Good luck with Foles I am sure he will play much better than Kolb did……..2009 all over again

  5. tigrrrr says: Nov 14, 2012 10:36 AM

    Brent.. they dont realize. That would require at least one intelligent thought…. think vick?

  6. jetropolitans says: Nov 14, 2012 10:49 AM

    They know…they just don’t care.

  7. 1oldpro says: Nov 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    As an outsider, it appears to me that Jim Johnson was the real glue that held this team together. They are not the same without him and I say that with all respect.

  8. bleedgreen11 says: Nov 14, 2012 12:40 PM

    Ah Jim Johnson. RIP King of the Defense.

    The Eagles cannot try to replace Jim Johnson, he is irreplaceable. They tried and failed to replicate him. It was Jim that they played for, not the play book. Jimmy commanded respect without asking for it, he really was the true leader of the Eagles. That defense was just flat out mean. Him and Dawkins were very close friends, and it showed.

  9. bleedeaglegreen says: Nov 14, 2012 2:05 PM

    @eaglelover1

    I can:

    Dan Reeves
    Jim Mora Jr.

    As Jim Mora Sr said: Michael Vick is a coach killer.

    He had a couple of good games in 2010 – he took us to the playoffs & when the game was on the line, once again (as his career has shown over & over & over), turned the ball over on an int.

    The dude is a turnover machine, a bad big game QB & a coach killer. While we are at it, let’s add: the most over hyped, underachieving player of our generation.

    Go Foles!! It would be hard for him to be worse than Vick in 2011 & 2012!

  10. eaglesfanalways says: Nov 14, 2012 4:06 PM

    It’s not a lack of effort that’s killing the Eagles, it’s a lack of young talent and the old talent is getting old…I do hope Celek stays.

  11. bluebongzilla says: Nov 14, 2012 6:59 PM

    Same old Eagles. Why would you ever expect anything different? GOLD STANDARD!

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