Reid-Jenkins shouting match part of rough half for Eagles defense


The Eagles played their starting defense against a motley crew of Patriots on Monday night and they were not as effective as you might have thought going into the game.

Perhaps that’s why head coach Andy Reid and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins got into a shouting match on the sideline during the first half of the game. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn and other Eagles defenders stepped between the men to separate them after they nearly got close enough for Jenkins to brush up against Reid’s mustache.

The altercation came just after a drive that ended with Ryan Mallett hitting defensive end turned tight end Alex Silvestro for a touchdown. The drive was extended twice by penalties — a roughing the passer call on Fletcher Cox wiped out an interception by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a holding call on Nnamdi Asomugha erased a Trent Cole sack — which accounted for two of New England’s three third-down conversions.

The sloppiness extended throughout the half. Defensive end Darryl Tapp was flagged once for unnecessary roughness and once for roughing the passer and the Eagles generally looked more flustered than you might imagine against a mostly second-string group of Patriots offensive players. They were able to rush Mallett, especially over the left tackle spot occupied by Nate Solder, but when the second-year quarterback got the ball out quickly he mostly found success. And the Patriots converted seven third downs in the half to keep the ball moving.

The one player who stood out positively for the Eagles defensively was rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks. He blew up running plays in the backfield, rushed the passer and tackled well in a more dynamic performance than we’re used to seeing from an Eagles linebacker.

Reid has to hope that there will be better days ahead for the unit. There are already bluer skies over his relationship with Jenkins as the two were seen conversing in more measured tones shortly after their blowup by the bench.

18 responses to “Reid-Jenkins shouting match part of rough half for Eagles defense

  1. Without a real defensive coordinator, the defense won’t be good enough. I guess since Andy knows he’ll never be fired, he’ll stick with Castillo for a few more years. Too bad for Philly fans.

  2. The defense was not bad at all, despite this incident. The line and LBs were great. I also thought the Cox penalty was bogus…he barely hit him. I also see no mention if the hit that took out…it was just as late, but not called.

  3. If Castillo continues to struggle they can make the defensive back coach from Miami the new defensive coordinator.

  4. Ya know, as a lifelong Eagles fan i have got to say i enjoyed watching that shouting match between coach reid and jenkins, why? because that was the most intense emotion ive ever seen from big red.. ever.. it was very.. idk.. refreshing to see.. wish he would show that fiery side more often.. that being said Jenkins needs to learn his place when coach tells you to sit your ass down and shut your bleepin mouth you begrudgingly say yes sir and sit your fat ace keister down cullen.. kudos coach for reminding him who is BOSS!

  5. Jenkins has a recent Super Bowl ring, and his absence was a big reason that a top-5 defense fell to last in 2011. I wish the best for Reid and sympathize with him for his personal trials and tribulations. But he’s best off listening to what Jenkins has to say.

  6. This eagles will be very good their defense will be one of the very best in the league. The secondary with Nnamandi asmomugha, Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, Brandon Boykin, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, O.J Atogwe, and etc will be excellent. The pass rush will be scary with Trent Cole, Cullen Jenkins, Brandon Graham, Jason Babin, Vinny Curry, Fletcher cox, and etc will get even more sacks than last year. I believe they will be much improved at linebacker with the additions of Demeco Ryans, Mychael Kendricks, and etc. They have one of the bettter wide reciever corps in the league with Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson, Marvin Mcnutt, and etc. They have one of the best running backs in the game in Lesean Mccoy and Byrce Brown showed he is capable of being a good number two. and let’s not forget about Dion lewis as well. If Michael Vick can stay healthy I expect them to be right up there with the giants, cowboys, my saints, falcons, 49ers, packers, bears, and lions.
    The NFC is loaded their are only like two teams in the NFC that could be worst in the league and that is the rams and vikings.

  7. Sometimes, as much as is expected, the vets just won’t let it all hang out in pre season. especially if they are established. This is nothing new. Not right but, nothing new.

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