Eagles clap back to Scandrick after he bashed the Birds

Ed Benkin
October 25, 2019 - 7:41 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Another day, another controversy for the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles.

After going through a week of practice and saying their off-the-field issues are behind them, the players were forced to deal with a new one on Friday.  

Former Eagle Orlando Scandrick appeared on a Fox Sports 1 show and had some harsh words for both the Eagles organization and his former teammates. Among his comments were questions about Malcolm Jenkins' leadership abilities, the inability to trust GM Howie Roseman, and questions as to why Lane Johnson would make comments following last week's loss about the need for players to be on time for practice and team meetings.

Jenkins wasted little time firing back.

"You ask anyone in the locker room who I am as a player and who I am to this team," said Jenkins. "I think one of the things that he said was I didn't take accountability for some plays. If anybody goes and looks at any of my comments, I immediately take credit for all of the mistakes I make. My record speaks for itself. Everybody knows what I do for this team and what I do for everybody in this locker room."

The Eagles added their own response: They tweeted a clip of the loss in Minnesota two weeks ago. It featured Scandrick complementing Jenkins' leadership skills.  

Jenkins said he was surprised to hear Scandrick's comments but is also happy he is not part of the Eagles locker room going forward.

"You go to battle with someone," Jenkins said. "You see them face-to-face every day. We're all grown men. If you've got something that's on your mind, go ahead and say it. We've got that open dialogue here. I know I'm not afraid to say something if I had an issue. At the same time, to know now that was kind of in your locker room, it's good to know that it's not here."

Johnson said after the Dallas game that players need to be on time, but the comments came after the right tackle struggled against the Cowboys. While Johnson tried to brush aside much of what Scandrick said, he did acknowledge that there may have been a better time and place for him to make the comments.

"What Orlando said about me was probably accurate," said Johnson. "If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have said that. Basically what I was trying to say, and maybe trying to say to myself, was to just be a more disciplined football team."

With another day dealing with controversy, the Eagles need to keep their focus on the field.  They are two days away from taking on the 5-1 Buffalo Bills in Western New York. 

When the ball is kicked off Sunday afternoon, the Eagles won't be thinking about all of the recent controversies. Many believe a win against the Bills will keep the outside noise quiet as the team looks to get back to the .500 mark.

"The reality of the situation is we've got a game in two days," Johnson added. "We're moving on to Buffalo. A lot can be solved by winning games. Winning can do a whole lot, so that's what we're focused on."