Eagles move on from Brown, Vikings

Ed Benkin
October 15, 2019 - 5:52 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Change is inevitable in the NFL. It's even more likely when things are not going well during a season. 

Things have not been going well for the Eagles defense, a unit which was lit up by the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. The defeat left the Eagles at 3-3 and with a host of questions heading into a first-place showdown with Dallas Sunday night. 

On Monday, the Eagles decided to cut veteran linebacker Zach Brown.  

The move came as a surprise to some but not to veterans such as Malcolm Jenkins.

"Not really," said Jenkins. "When you lose, things change. That's the business we're in. I'm not sure what the motivations were, but you've got players that come and go all the time."

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Some of the motivation might have been caused by Brown's unflattering comments about Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins before last Sunday's game. More likely it centered around Brown's struggles.  
However, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz would not single out Brown as the reason for the struggles of his unit. He believes there must be improvements across the board and hopes a healthy Kamu Grugier-Hill will add an extra spark to the linebackers.

"We need more production from our linebacker position in general," Schwartz said. "We are also trending to get Kamu, who is coming off of his preseason, so to speak. We are excited about getting him back in a role that he had done a good job in through the spring and summer until he got injured, so that will be good to get him back."

In addition to Brown, the Eagles are also moving on from their loss to the Vikings. 

The players and coaches are locked into next Sunday night's game in Dallas and have put Minnesota in the rear view mirror.  

Defensive back Orlando Scandrick said they have no choice but to go forward.

"You have to get ready and prepare for a new opponent on Tuesday," said Scandrick. "You've had a chance to come in and watch the film.  We're going to correct our mistakes. We're going to build on the things that we did good. Everything wasn't bad in that game. There were some good moments, although more bad than good. We're going to prepare and we're going to go down to Dallas and be ready to play on Sunday night."

The players and coaches have made it clear their confidence is still high. Doug Pederson even declared on WIP on Monday that the Eagles will win against Dallas. Pederson later clarified his remarks, saying he was not guaranteeing a win, but merely expressing confidence in his players.  

Jenkins had no issues with his coach speaking out about Sunday's showdown.

"I don't think anybody would disagree with what he said in this locker room," Jenkins said. "He said we'll be ready to play. He said we'll win the game, and winning the game would mean being in first in the division. I see nothing wrong with it."