Correctable mistakes hold back Eagles in loss to Seahawks

Correctable mistakes hold back Eagles in loss to Seahawks

SEATTLE -- The mood in the Eagles' locker room was about as somber as you'd probably expect. 

It was quiet. Like funeral quiet. 

For the last few months, the Eagles' locker room after games has been a party, music blaring, jokes bouncing around the room. It wasn't that way on this chilly Seattle night. 

There was nary a smile after the 24-10 loss to the Seahawks. A lot of tiptoeing around. A lot of dejected faces. 

"We gotta let it go after tomorrow," said Brent Celek, hanging his head as he sat by his locker stall. "Reset and let's get after Los Angeles."

For as somber as the mood was in the visitor's locker room at CenturyLink Field, there was also a strange sense of encouragement and perspective. Because while the mood was funeral-like on Sunday night, the Eagles are far from dead. 

Sure, it stung like hell to lose their first game in months, but the Eagles are still 10-2 with four games left. They still control their own destiny. 

And while they lost to the Seahawks, they didn't necessarily get outplayed. The Eagles made way too many mistakes (see Roob's observations). Players made sure to give credit to Seattle, but thought they beat themselves more than anything. 

In a strange way, that's actually encouraging. 

"It's definitely better when it's a self-inflicted thing that you can correct," Jason Kelce said. "It's not like, in my opinion, still have to go watch the tape, but it wasn't like we were by far the worst team out there. I think we were the more undisciplined team today. And that ended up culminating in putting us in a situation where we couldn't win the game. 

"I think that it's encouraging that as long as we get that fixed, we can beat a team like this and we should beat a team like this. It's encouraging, but at the end of the day, it's still frustrating."

The Eagles committed seven penalties for 64 yards. While there were questionable calls among them, they still had too many and in too important of situations. And the Carson Wentz fumble through the end zone was crushing (see story).  

After the blowout win against the Bears, head coach Doug Pederson warned his team about making mistakes. They were able to overcome their sloppiness against a much lesser opponent, but against a good team like the Seahawks, they couldn't afford it. 

"It's definitely frustrating when you don't play the way you expect to play," Torrey Smith said. "But it's one of those things, I'm glad it happened now and not later. For us, everything is still in front of us. You can learn from your mistakes." 

Kelce said that before the game they were told that when two comparable teams get together, the team that makes fewer mistakes normally wins. That team was the Seahawks on Sunday. 

Instead of a long flight back to Philly on Sunday night, the Eagles have a short flight to Southern California. They're going to be spending a week practicing at the Angels' stadium in Anaheim. 

While it will be different for the team to be out of its normal routine this week, several players are excited about the bonding opportunity. Chris Long said there's nothing better than spending a week with your buddies. 

"We’ll be fine," Wentz said. "The guys in this locker room, we’re all mature, we’ll all respond just fine. We’re all frustrated about this one, but we’re not too worried. I think we’ll be just fine." 

Maybe the Eagles will use this serving of humble pie as a wakeup call. They would have rather won every game on their way to a parade down Broad Street, but it was always really unlikely things were going to shake out that way. 

The Eagles, one by one, walked silently out of their temporary locker room on Sunday night as they got ready to leave the cold weather and the frigid performance in Seattle behind for the warmth of Southern California. 

Smith said the Eagles can afford to give themselves about one day to sulk. 

Then it's back to work. 

"And the beauty of the whole thing is it’s still in our control," Pederson said. "Guys in that locker room are sick to their stomachs obviously for the loss, but at the same time we have a great opportunity again against another playoff-caliber football team next weekend. 

"We just have to regroup, learn from our mistakes and get ready for another great game next week."

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older." The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf-----. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f--- you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).