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Marty Mornhinweg explains DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin's lack of involvement

When a team's top two receivers combine for two catches during a game when the quarterback attempts 46 passes, it's a problem. Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did not hide from that fact after Jeremy Maclin (zero catches) and DeSean Jackson (two catches, five yards) were non-factors against the Redskins last week.

Marty Mornhinweg explains DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin's lack of involvement

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Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

When a team's top two receivers combine for two catches during a game when the quarterback attempts 46 passes, it's a problem. Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did not hide from that fact after Jeremy Maclin (zero catches) and DeSean Jackson (two catches, five yards) were non-factors against the Redskins last week.

"That was terrible last game," Mornhinweg said. "That's my responsibility to get them the ball. That's my responsibility. Now they've got to do their part and all, but that's my responsibility."

When Mornhinweg was asked if Jackson and Maclin were open and Nick Foles didn't get them the ball, or whether they couldn't get open, Mornhinweg wouldn't get into specifics.

"We certainly had some opportunities," he said. "These are a couple of good playmakers that we have. I need to get [them the ball]. Let's make sure I'm crystal clear. It's not like we didn't try. So we've got to do a better job of getting the ball in their hands."

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Mornhinweg emphasized that the Eagles want to better involve Maclin because "he's one of our playmakers." That's been an ongoing struggle all season. 

And against the Washington, Mornhinweg needed to abandon the game plan because the team was playing from behind. 

"In fact, we got into the two-minute [offense] very early in the ballgame because we were down three scores at the time," Mornhinweg said. "There is adjustment to be made. You want to play to oyur players' strength."

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