Eagles’ Jason Kelce ups trash talk, says Giants players, Tom Coughlin are dumb
If the intensity that exists between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants heading into Sunday’s divisional game wasn’t burning hot enough already, Eagles center Jason Kelce just threw a Molotov cocktail into the smack talk flames.
Reacting to a comment made by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that featured an erroneous mathematical calculation, Kelce insinuated during a radio interview that the Giants, starting from the top with head coach Tom Coughlin down to the players, well, aren’t too smart.
“Well my response to that is, I don’t think Jason Pierre-Paul is smart enough to come up with that statement on his own,” Kelce told Angelo Cataldi of 94WIP Morning Show on Friday, per the New York Daily News. “I think he’s the type of guy that just reiterates what his coaches have been telling him. So, I’m a little worried about Tom Coughlin’s math because I feel like maybe that’s where it was screwed up. Maybe it was just relayed to him.”
Kelce’s potshot at the relative intelligence of the Giants coach and players stems from Pierre-Paul somehow miscalculating how the Eagles’ 4-1 record easily could be … a record that when adding the wins and losses together doesn’t equal five.
“They could have easily been 0-4,” the Giants end said, somehow screwing up the math, per Newsday. “The games were that close. You know it, too! I watch TV. You watch TV, too. The games were close. I feel like we shouldn’t go out there and make it a close game.”
If only Pierre-Paul had an abacus handy before making his calculation.
Kelce clearly wasn’t impressed with the assessment by Pierre-Paul that the Eagles aren’t as good as their 4-1 record would indicate, nor was he going to let slide the fuzzy math displayed in the statement, either.
Essentially, in Kelce’s view, the Giants and their coach just aren’t smart.
“That is correct,” he said. “They are a good football team, but yes.”
For what it’s worth, despite the temporary loss of his grasp of basic arithmetic, Pierre-Paul isn’t too fond of Philadelphia, either.
“I don’t like Philly,” Pierre-Paul said, per the New York Daily News. “I don’t care at all about Philly. I don’t like Philly, you know what I’m saying?”
Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho, like Kelce, similarly was not impressed with Pierre-Paul’s comments, especially the whole adding part.
“Yeah, I’m no math major, but I don’t think it adds up,” he said. “Maybe he assumed we would’ve tied a game … I don’t really see us being 0-4. I see us being closer to 5-0.”
As far as smack talk is concerned in general, Acho attempted to downplay it.
“Just a war of words, I’m sure,” he said. “But we just have to make sure we keep a level head.”
Despite Acho’s attempt at extinguishing the trash talk fire, things seem to be pretty heated. And here it was believed that Bradley Cooper’s epic smack-down of Giants fan in a trash-talking Eagles video was going to be the smack-talk highlight of the week. Calling out people for being stupid? That’s next-level.
(image credit: Andy King/AP/Philly.com)