Like many others, the Eagles are not big fans of Greg Hardy. And after Philadelphia defeated the Dallas Cowboys on an overtime touchdown Sunday night, several players were not shy about expressing their feelings.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson called out Hardy for being a quitter. Center Jason Kelce was even more animated.
“There are three (types) of people I have zero respect for in this world,” Kelce said, per Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News. “It’s people who hit women, people who molest children, and rapists. I’m glad he didn’t have a good day and …
“I don’t know. I think it’s a joke a guy like that is able to play this quickly.”
Hardy had three tackles, a sack and a quarterback hit, but he didn’t really make any game-changing plays. It’s clear the Eagles’ offensive line felt extra motivated going up against him, and it may have paid off.
The Cowboys have been heavily criticized for signing Hardy, and things got worse when a lengthy report uncovered some photos of the injuries his ex-girlfriend suffered during a domestic violence incident. It’s only human nature to want to see Hardy fail after reading some of the details, and you can’t blame some of the Eagles players for feeling that way.
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said some things last week about the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback situation that irritated a number of people. One of them was Eagles center Jason Kelce, and he let Weatherford know on Monday.
During an appearance on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton Show,” Weatherford compared Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow to a variety of cars.
“I’m gonna give you a Ferrari [Bradford] that maybe won’t be running all the time, or I’m giving you a nice Cadillac sedan [Sanchez],” he said, as transcribed by ESPN.com. “It’s not the fastest but you know what you’re going to get out of it. Bradford can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, but you don’t know if he’s gonna start up some days.”
Weatherford added that Chip Kelly will get himself in “serious trouble” if he signs the oft-injured Bradford to an extension. He also said he would love for his daughter to date Tebow, but he wouldn’t want Tebow taking snaps for his team.
And now, for Kelce’s response:
Of course a player who is literally not allowed to be touched is talking shit… Is interviewing punters a thing now? @Weatherford5
— Jason Kelce (@Jkelce) June 29, 2015
Weatherford tried to explain himself and apologized if his quotes were seen as offensive.
LeSean McCoy was one of many Philadelphia Eagles players who ripped the playing surface at NRG Stadium in Houston following the Eagles-Texans game on Sunday.
McCoy called the field “terrible.”
“Yeah, that field is terrible, bad, bad,” McCoy told “PFT Live.”
“There’s so many holes, potholes in it, rocky,” McCoy said. “It’s like they measured the squares out and put them in piece by piece. There’s so many holes, it’s like this can’t be a real NFL field. The stadium’s actually nice, but the field is so bad.”
“I think it’s actually a pretty dangerous playing surface,” center Jason Kelce said, via CBS Houston. Kelce added that the surface is very uneven.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks echoed Kelce’s thoughts.
“Something needs to be done about it. Absolutely,” said Kendricks.
Kelce speculated that the field may have had something to do with the injuries to Arian Foster and DeMeco Ryans on Sunday.
In September, defensive back DJ Swearinger blamed the field surface for Jadeveon Clowney’s knee injury. In 2010, Bill Belichick blasted the field for being the cause of Wes Welker’s torn ACL. And former Texans punter Brett Hartmann sued the county that operates the stadium, saying that the turf caused his career-ending torn ACL injury.
If this many players are complaining about it, you have to wonder why they haven’t addressed it and made a change yet. Are they worried about culpability?
Chip Kelly has made it clear that he is going to do things a certain way with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it should be noted that his decision to cut DeSean Jackson on Friday is receiving some support from the team. Shortly after the news surfaced, offensive lineman Jason Kelce sent the following tweet.
We just made an extremely unpopular decision, but I couldn't be more excited and happy with where this organization is going!! #FlyEaglesFly
— Jason Kelce (@Jkelce) March 28, 2014
Kelce, who has been with the Eagles for the last three seasons, obviously agrees with the decision. That means Jackson must have been doing something — whether it was skipping meetings and not working hard or associating with shady people off the field — that his teammates didn’t agree with. Otherwise, why would anyone be happy to lose their best wide receiver?
Kelce then wished Jackson well in a separate tweet.
Good luck with whatever team you end up with DeseanJackson10!
— Jason Kelce (@Jkelce) March 28, 2014
In addition to releasing Jackson, the Eagles have also gotten rid of Michael Vick and Jason Avant this offseason. Kelly is clearly taking the team through a change that involves getting rid of veterans and people who don’t fit in with what he’s trying to accomplish.
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From the moment we saw the video of Riley Cooper’s racist outburst at a Kenny Chesney concert earlier this summer, we have been waiting for the alcohol talk to kick in. Whether Cooper is actually a racist or not, it seemed like a safe assumption that he was feeling the effects of alcohol when he decided to let an N-bomb fly. That assumption was apparently correct.
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, who was with Cooper at the Chesney concert, told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday that he was “embarrassed” to have been at the same concert where the incident took place. He also said Cooper is not a racist.
“Riley was my friend before the fact and he’s still my friend and teammate going forward,” Kelce said. “Anybody that really knows him knows he’s not a racist … but sometimes he can get a little bit out of control. We were both pretty intoxicated on the day.”
Kelce added that he didn’t actually remember the offensive words coming out of Cooper’s mouth, but he did recall a confrontation between the 25-year-old and some security guards.
“To be honest, I don’t really recall the whole incident and what was said,” he said. “Really, all I recall was a huge altercation between him and a few security guards. I was trying to calm him down at the time and trying to separate all of them.
“I honestly don’t recall those words being spoken at the time. Obviously, it’s not an excuse, regardless of what was said, to say that.”
We have seen mixed reactions from the Eagles since the video surfaced on Wednesday. Michael Vick, who knows a thing or two about being hated, said Cooper apologized to him and he has forgiven him. LeSean McCoy agreed that Cooper is forgiven, but he said he cannot respect a person who says something like that.
In addition to entering sensitivity training and paying a fine, Cooper should probably lay off the alcohol. From the sound of it, drinking made the situation worse at the concert.
With Chip Kelly having agreed to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, one of the questions on everyone’s mind is what his hiring will mean for the future of Michael Vick. Before Kelly’s arrival, it was widely assumed that Vick had played his last game in Philadelphia. The Eagles can release Vick prior to Feb. 6 without having to pay him any money, but has he become a valuable piece of Kelly’s future plan?
According to Eagles center Jason Kelce, most people on the team thought Vick would be gone before Kelly was hired. Now, they aren’t so sure.
“That is the first thing that popped into my mind because I think, obviously, the outlook after the season was everybody thought Mike would kind of be out of here,” Kelce told Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio. “But yeah, you look at Oregon’s offense and obviously Mike kind of fits that mold a little bit. Now, whether we run the exact same offense that they run at Oregon, that’s still up for debate. I mean, he said already, I guess, that the offense that he runs will be dictated based upon the personnel that he has. So I guess we’ll find that out in a few more months.”
Kelly’s offense at Oregon was fast. Say what you will about Vick and his inability to stay healthy or throw the ball with accuracy on a consistent basis, but he certainly has the gift of speed. If Kelly can somehow incorporate Vick into his spread offense without making him susceptible to the types of hits that shortened his season last year, he could make Philly’s offense a dangerous new weapon. As we know, all of that will be much easier said than done.
Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview
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The Eagles played a nearly flawless first half against the Cowboys on Sunday night. About the only mistake they made was Jason Kelce’s snap off his butt that almost resulted in a lost fumble. Luckily Michael Vick was alert and immediately dove on the ball to prevent a turnover.
If you’re wondering what happened on the play, it’s obvious Kelce thought Vick was under center instead of in the shotgun formation. It’s not often we see a mistake like that.
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