Friday, February 12, 2016

Jenkins: we ain't manning up

SEATTLE -- Every week the Eagles tell us that their fight and their pride are still strong, that they will battle regardless of playoff positioning. And for the past two weeks they have shown just how hollow those words have been.

Jenkins: we ain't manning up

(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

SEATTLE -- Every week the Eagles tell us that their fight and their pride are still strong, that they will battle regardless of playoff positioning. And for the past two weeks they have shown just how hollow those words have been.

After Thursday’s 31-17 embarrassment in Seattle, there were many of those same words again from Trent Cole and Vince Young and Andy Reid. But not from Cullen Jenkins, the dead-honest veteran who said his team lacked the proper fight Thursday and perfectly summed up the frustrations many fans must be feeling.

Many of his quotes are in my game story, but I wanted to include more of the interview here because it seemed so on point.

“There’s going to be a lot of anger. I’m sure right now there’s a lot of people out there ticked off, and they should be,” Jenkins said. “We’re going out there and we’re just giving away.”

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I asked him about the feeling in the locker room and where the team can go from here.

“It’s not a good feeling. The only place you can go is where your pride takes you right now. There’s got to be something in there that you have inside to keep you going right now and this is that time,” he said, then correcting himself and saying pride should have already kicked in weeks ago. “We’ve already been at that point. You really start to find out who has it in ‘em right now.”

Did the Eagles have that pride in them Thursday?

“No. We didn’t. We came out here, we got it handed to us. There’s no excuses at all, there’s nothing we can make up for it. It’s the 12th game of the season, there’s no excuses for it anymore for it to keep happening game in, game out.”

He added, “it’s at a point right now, you’ve got to have pride, you’ve got to have that desire in you that makes you play for more than just money. You play this game because you love it, you play the game because you accept the challenge, you play the game for a lot of different things, and right now we just ain’t manning up.”

The Eagles have another road game coming up, but they are likely to face a toxic reception when they return home.

“I could just imagine from a fan’s stand point what it looks like watching the games,” Jenkins said. “It probably looks like lack of effort, lack of fundamentals, lack of everything.”

“We try to plead our case but fans ain’t trying to hear that. Fans want to see it, they want to see it out there on the field, they don’t want to hear about it after a loss,” he said. “I bet they are getting tired of hearing us after, it’s been eight losses now.”

“It’s awful. When it comes down to it, it’s awful and we’re not giving our fans anything right now.”

Reid said he was happy with his team's effort and work ethic. So did Vince Young. LeSean McCoy said the Eagles are “far, far better” than the Seahawks and have “way more talent.” Brent Celek said “we’ve got a great team. It’s just, we’ve got to put it together.”

Everyone is entitled to their own assessment. I have a feeling I know which one fans will agree with.

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