Malcolm Jenkins hates Super Bowl reminders around Eagles facility
If it were up to Malcolm Jenkins, the Philadelphia Eagles would have closed the book and moved on from the team’s Super Bowl win months ago. And yet, there evidently are reminders of the huge victory everywhere, including in the Eagles’ own locker room.
According to The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia (subscription required), the Eagles have “Super Bowl LII Champions” posters, banners, plaques and other regalia throughout the team’s facilities. Jenkins clearly does not care for such an outward display of championship revelry.
“I hate it, personally,” Jenkins said. “My focus is all on adding another ‘I’ to the end of that … I’m well beyond celebrating last year’s accomplishments, because they don’t mean anything this year. They don’t get us anything. I said it earlier this offseason: It’s not boxing where we get to hold the belt and somebody has to come beat us and take it. We don’t have anything. We’re at the bottom just like everybody else.”
The Eagles have been basking in the afterglow of the team’s Super Bowl run that culminated in an upset of the mighty New England Patriots, and rightfully so.
However, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson actually set a specific date and time when all the celebrations and revelry had to come to an end: 12:01 a.m., June 15, the day the Eagles received their Super Bowl rings. The end date set by Pederson coincided with his assertion that the team can no longer rely upon the underdog role the Eagles so expertly utilized last season. Instead, Pederson insisted the Eagles are now the “hunted.”
It would appear that Jenkins and his coach see eye-to-eye on such matters. And the banners, posters and whatnot posted all over the place arguably are not helping.