Doug Pederson reacts to Malcolm Jenkins’ comments on ‘demeanor’
Philadelphia Eagles team leader Malcolm Jenkins did not hold back when addressing the team’s woeful performance in a blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints last weekend, specifically singling out “demeanor” as one of the contributing factors to the humiliating performance.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on Wednesday reacted to Jenkins’ assessment, saying the season “has not gone the way we had all anticipated” coming off a Super Bowl victory.
“I think it, quite frankly, I talk about ownership quite a bit. I think some of his comments were directed toward him” Pederson told reporters, via NJ Advanced Media. “He’ll own that. I think it kind of sends a message to everybody. We’re all held to a higher standard. It starts with me. I lead on our leadership of this football team quite a bit and ask that if they see something to respond. Listen, I don’t think he’s addressing it to one particular person. It’s a whole, it’s a group. We all need to step our game up…”
Pederson regularly spends time meeting with the Eagles’ leadership committee to take the team’s temperature. He admits Jenkins, along with fellow team leader Jason Kelce, are “disappointed,” as is every other player. That said, Pederson insists there is no “finger-pointing” going on in the locker room, despite the Eagles watching their season start to slip away.
“You might take Malcolm’s comments as finger pointing, but they’re talking about themselves too,” Pederson said of the team’s leaders. “They hold themselves accountable, I hold myself accountable and collectively we can do that as a group and I think that’s something that this team has really, I’ve seen that. It’s hard to say that and get you to believe it but Ive seen it every single day with this group that comes in here and works their tail off to try and win a football game.”
At 4-6, the Eagles remain in the mix in the NFC East, especially with three consecutive divisional games next up on the schedule. Whether the Eagles can avoid succumbing to the so-called Super Bowl hangover remains to be seen.