Jason Kelce cites lack of accountability as source for Eagles’ struggles
The Philadelphia Eagles have appeared to be stuck in a rut for a large portion of the season. While many are quick to suggest the team’s struggles stem from the dreaded Super Bowl hangover that can afflict championship teams, Eagles center Jason Kelce believes the source is much more pervasive but perhaps a more tangible thing to fix.
Kelce spoke extensively with reporters on Wednesday about what’s plaguing the 4-5 Eagles. Coming off a disappointing divisional loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the veteran team leader suggested it’s a lack of accountability that’s causing problems.
Kelce rattled off the names of several former Eagles players, including Brent Celek, Torrey Smith and LaGarrette Blount, who are no longer with the team for various reasons. While Kelce argues losing guys who held such critical leadership roles has had an impact, he believes the roster is comprised of players who can get the job done.
Kelce insists the onus is on everyone to get things headed back in the right direction. It starts with players putting in the work in the film room and on the practice field and coaches making sure “everybody’s ready to go.”
“[Last year] there was a much greater level of accountability from a cohesive standpoint of everybody working together, and part of that is just on the makeup of the team and guys having done this for a long time and knowing the ins and outs of the game,” Kelce said, via ESPN’s Tim McManus.
Malcolm Jenkins took issue with his fellow team leader’s observation.
“Kelce probably sees things that I don’t, but that wouldn’t be my assessment,” Jenkins said. “But his opinion for him is probably accurate.”
Interestingly, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson admitted he needs to “teach better,” echoing Kelce’s thoughts. Pederson, in an effort to take the team’s temperature, spent over two hours this week with the Eagles’ leadership committee.
The Eagles have put themselves in a tough position but by no means are out of it. It won’t be easy, though, to right the ship Sunday with a road game against the surging New Orleans Saints.