Andy Reid is considered one of the most player-friendly coaches in the NFL, so it’s not often that you see him all steamed and in the face of one of his players. But that’s what happened on Monday night during the Eagles-Patriots preseason game.
Reid was upset with defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and the two got into it. The two could be seen yelling at each other for 5-10 seconds before defensive line coach Jim Washburn stepped in between them.
Eagles.com writer Patrick Wall speculates that the Eagles’ penalties — they had 16 for 131 yards in the game — were the reason for the blowup.
“It’s tough to win football games in the regular season games with those kinds of (penalty) numbers,” Reid said.
“It’s an emotional game,” he added. “He was fired up; I was fired up. Those things happen.”
Jenkins didn’t seem to have a problem with Reid’s approach.
“He wants to get the best out of you. He wants to make sure you’re focused and the right stuff is going on, that’s all,” Jenkins said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You have to respect that and you can’t fault that as players. Obviously, that’s not the way I should have handled it, but you just get emotional.”
Jenkins had to have done something really bad to prompt that reaction from Reid. He’s normally pretty composed, so either his tension was already high, or Jenkins really messed up.
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