The Chicago Bears took four defensive pre-snap penalties in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and they believe they were illegally baited into it.
Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack accused Eagles center Jason Kelce of turning the ball before the snap, goading the Bears into jumping offside. If a center is adjudged to move the ball before the snap, he should be called for a false start.
“You see the bull—- Kelce was kinda doing with the ball, just moving it a little bit,” Mack said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “But even then, you can’t really make no excuses. That’s not the type of group we have. We’ve still gotta get there, regardless of what it is and what that was. All those offside penalties, it hurt us.”
Coach Matt Nagy refused to criticize his penalized players after the game and suggested that he agreed with their criticism.
“I know what it was,” Nagy said. “There was some stuff to that. I’m not gonna get into that.”
The Bears had reason to be angry if Kelce was doing what they’re accusing him of, but the defense played fairly well overall. And Kelce’s actions, accurate or not, had nothing to do with how awful the Bears’ offense was in the first half.
Jason Kelce cleared concussion protocol despite showing troubling signs beforehand.
The Philadelphia Eagles center was apparently dazed after the team gave up a sack on a third down in the second quarter of their game Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons. Kelce later was shown on the Eagles’ sideline while his team kicked a field goal on fourth down. NBC announcer Al Michaels said that Kelce had gone to the wrong sideline initially before finding his way to Philly’s sideline.
About 15 minutes after mentioning that, Michaels said Kelce had cleared concussion protocol and was ready to return.
The Eagles had multiple injuries in the game. In addition to Kelce’s concussion check, Dallas Goedert, Alshon Jeffery, and DeSean Jackson all had injuries that left them questionable to return. Carson Wentz also exited before halftime after taking a big hit.
A report about Jason Kelce retiring after the season is said to be inaccurate.
Early Saturday, ESPN 610 radio host Al Thompson said Kelce would “likely retire” at the end of this season.
A non NFL source with ties to his family informs that at the end of this playoff run, Eagles Pro Center Jason Kelce will likely retire. Since the 2011 sixth round pic out of Cincinnati is healthy, it's unknown if it's for a job in the media or another opportunity. Kelce is 31. pic.twitter.com/sncqh5oX2y
— Al Thompson (@thompsonIII) January 12, 2019
Eagles reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks shot down that report, saying he has heard it is “inaccurate.”
The report that Jason Kelce is "likely" to retire at the end of this season is inaccurate, per sources. #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) January 12, 2019
Kelce, 31, has played for the Eagles his entire career, beginning in 2011. He has made three Pro Bowls and been first-team All-Pro once. He has dealt with an elbow injury this season and been the subject of trade rumors. Kelce is signed through 2020.
One prominent Philadelphia Eagle is wasting no time stirring up the team’s rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys ahead of their first meeting of the season.
Philadelphia center Jason Kelce did not mince words about the Cowboys, stating that he didn’t like the organization or the fans very much at all.
“There’s certainly a rivalry there, we play them twice a year,” Kelce told the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday, via Angelo Cataldi of the station’s official website. “I would say mostly I just don’t think a lot of players, in particular me, just don’t really like the franchise, the organization, what is stands for—what it’s always stood for. This goes back to the lockout when they were getting replacement players, how outspoken the Dallas Cowboys franchise was in ending that. I’ve just never really appreciated what the organization—and what its fans really stood for. A lot of fair weather people from across the country that just kind of fell in love because they’re winners instead of having any type of emotional connection to the team whatsoever.”
Kelce, who is not shy about saying what he thinks, will probably find a lot of agreement from some people about the state of the Cowboys. And there’s nothing wrong with fanning the flames of a rivalry ahead of Sunday’s kickoff.
No one — and we mean no one — was more fired up when the Philadelphia Eagles held their championship parade on Thursday than Jason Kelce, and the veteran offensive lineman used the platform to unload on the media in a way you have probably never heard before.
NFL GM turned analyst Michael Lombardi caught the worst of it by far. Back in September, Lombardi criticized Pederson for being “(maybe) less qualified to coach an NFL team than anyone I’ve seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.” The Eagles clearly did not forget it, nor did they forget any of the other ways the media doubted them during an improbable run that ended with a win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Kelce spoke for the entire team in crucifying the naysayers, and he did it while wearing one of the most outlandish outfits you will ever see. You’ll want to watch the entire thing:
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 8, 2018
“This past offseason, some clown named Mike Lombardi told (Pederson) that he was the least qualified head coach in the NFL … a man who went for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl with a trick play,” Kelce screamed. “He wasn’t playing just to go mediocre, he’s playing for a Super Bowl!”
If you remember, Lombardi was partially responsible for some talk about an issue among the Eagles’ coaches early in the season. So much for that.
Overall, Lombardi had a very tough week. Even before Kelce blasted him, the former scout and executive was ripped to shreds for doubting Pro Football Talk’s report that said Josh McDaniels was having second thoughts about becoming the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
It's so hard for people to admit they were wrong. Mike Lombardi still won't even admit he was wrong about saying Josh McDaniels had no hesitation at all about taking the Colts job. Someone points out to him that he was wrong and he says, "Hey, he took the job." pic.twitter.com/x2k4v6pnFX
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) February 7, 2018
Analysts who rely on delivering hot takes always run the risk of looking bad. For Lombardi, the breeze from the whiffs can be felt from miles away.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ running game took a major step back in 2015, and a lot of the blame for that has been placed on Chip Kelly. Veteran offensive lineman Jason Kelce does not think that assessment is fair.
Appearing on 94.1 WIP on Monday, Kelce said the dip in rushing production last season was a result offensive linemen — including himself — playing poorly, ineffective scheming and the guy who was carrying the ball.
“I don’t think necessarily we had the best back that we had a few years ago either,” Kelce said, accoridng to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com.
That was almost certainly a shot at DeMarco Murray, who never got it going with the Eagles after they signed him to a five-year, $42 million contract last offseason. Following his breakout 1,845-yard season with the Dallas Cowboys, Murray managed just 702 on 193 attempts in Philly.
Before Murray joined the Eagles, LeSean McCoy rushed for 1,319 yards in 2015. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2014, finishing with a whopping 1,607 yards. For some reason, Kelly didn’t seem to like McCoy and traded him to the Buffalo Bills, opting to sign Murray instead.
For what it’s worth, Kelce is about as unbiased of an opinion as you will get from the Kelly era in Philadelphia. He actually defended the coach’s methods earlier this offseason and criticized some of his teammates for complaining about them. Kelly made plenty of mistakes, but there were indications Murray was not well-liked in the locker room. Perhaps Kelce’s remark was a reflection of that.
A Philadelphia radio host raised some eyebrows on Tuesday by comparing a white football player to a “house negro.”
Josh Innes, who hosts an afternoon show on WIP in Philly, was talking with former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas prior to airing Doug Pederson’s introductory press conference on the show. According to Crossing Broad, Thomas mentioned how center Jason Kelce was already at the press conference.
Innes then joked that Kelce was a big rear-end smoocher, while Thomas said he understood that Kelce was trying to show support for the coach because he wants to protect his job. That’s when Innes began comparing Kelce to a house negro.
“Here’s the thing though, right, it’s like this. Let me find a good comparison here. I was watching Malcolm X yesterday, I was in the airport in Memphis watching Malcolm X, and there was a scene where Denzel’s doing the whole thing about the slave and the house negro? Right? And like, the house negro is the guy who’s gonna tell you like, oh he gets to live in the big house with the boss. And every time he refers to something that happens in the house it’s ‘our house’ and ‘we’ and everything like that. And then there’s the actual slave that isn’t the house negro that’s just trying to run away. Essentially what you’re getting here is Jason Kelce is the house negro is what I’m trying to convey to you.”
If you call Kelce a rear-end smoocher or suck-up, that’s fine and we understand the message Innes is trying to convey. It’s just odd and questionable to bring in slavery analogies when you know that is a touchy subject.
Kelce later responded on Twitter, saying he’ll take the comparison.
— Jason Kelce (@Jkelce) January 20, 2016
Innes later apologized, saying his intention was not to offend and that his reference came out poorly. He also called himself “stupid.”
Innes should probably learn it’s best not to go down that road. It’s an especially awkward comparison knowing that Kelce was with Riley Cooper the night of the infamous concert.