Malcolm Jenkins

How last year's 7-9 Eagles carved a Super Bowl path

How last year's 7-9 Eagles carved a Super Bowl path

The Eagles weren't very good in 2016. They went just 7-9 in Doug Pederson's first year as head coach. After starting the season off with a 3-0 record they dropped nine of their next 11 to plummet to the basement of the NFC East. 

The team wasn't very good, but they learned something about Pederson and about themselves. 

On ESPN's SportsCenter Friday morning, still buzzing from the Eagles' Super Bowl parade, safety and veteran leader Malcolm Jenkins talked about the importance of that 2016 season.  

"Well I think what we learned was in Year 1 what we had done, even though we didn't get the results that we wanted as a team, we felt like we laid down the foundation for something epic," Jenkins said. "So coming into this year we started adding guys in, we were plugging them into a culture that had already been laid out and everybody grasped that. And Doug is the one that set that culture. 

"So here we are Super Bowl champions two years after he's arrived and it's on purpose. We didn't just show up this year and be good. Last year we took the time to do the things right and really go into the culture Doug Pederson wanted to lay and it's been awesome."

Jenkins is a big reason for the culture too. His speech to the team after Carson Wentz went down on Dec. 10 was huge. After Pederson would speak to the team this year following games, it became customary for Jenkins to do the same. 

That December night in LA was his best performance. In a longer and expletive-filled plea, he told his teammates that it was a shame to see Wentz go down, but their season wasn't over yet. 

"We had every excuse to kind of fold it in, but I wanted our guys, especially the young guys, to make sure they understood that obviously we hurting for Carson but our season is right in front of us," Jenkins said on SportsCenter. "Everything we want is right in front of us. We just clinched the division, got an opportunity to still clinch the No. 1 seed, get all these playoff games at home. Like everything is right there, we just gotta continue to believe in it, continue to play and prepare and nothing has changed. That was the biggest thing, nothing's changed. We're still full steam ahead. And I thought it was important at that moment in time to make sure they were clear."

Jenkins joined his teammate Brandon Graham on the set of the world-famous sports show on Friday morning. It was hosted by Philadelphia's own Kevin Negandhi, who has been enjoying the last few days of celebration as much as anyone. 

One of the funniest moments of the entire morning was when Negandhi asked Graham about getting a sack on his fellow Michigan product Tom Brady. 

Graham has an idea. 

"Oh yeah, if I see him at Michigan I might ask him, 'Can you sign my ball?'" Graham said. "I don't know how that's going to play, but I'm gonna have some fun with it."

Malcolm Jenkins shared incredible footage of his parade experience

Malcolm Jenkins shared incredible footage of his parade experience

"Philly do it better than anybody," Malcolm Jenkins said Thursday.

And no athlete in Philly does it better than Malcolm Jenkins when it comes to giving his all.

Now that the city of Philadelphia has been treated to the Eagles Super Bowl championship parade, it's a memory that will be ironed into our hearts and minds forever. Most of us had an incredible experience along Broad Street and in front of the Art Museum, but we can only imagine what a wild ride it was on the Eagles' busses.

Thanks to a video Malcolm shared via the Players' Tribune, we can all get a nice little glimpse of what his day was like and it does not disappoint.

There's breakfast with his daughter, bus dilemmas with the boys of how to get the speakers to work, walking the streets and posing with the people, the insane views of the huge crowds near City Hall, Jason Kelce as the Mummer, a little cognac, and some "We are the Champions" at the end at the Art Museum. Fitting, as this video is a work of art.

And here's what my view of that final song looked like from the crowd.

Stephen Curry doesn't want any beef with the Eagles

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Stephen Curry doesn't want any beef with the Eagles

While warming up for Super Bowl LII, Malcolm Jenkins caught a glimpse of NBA superstar Stephen Curry on the sidelines, and he did not like what he saw. A red sweatshirt.

"I knew I ain't like Steph Curry," Jenkins, who was mic'd up by NFL Films, can be heard saying around the 40-second mark. "That's your boy, Steph Curry. Frontrunner." 

Jenkins was literally seeing red as he thought Curry, a North Carolina native and loyal Panthers fan, was backing the New England Patriots on Super Sunday.

As it turns out, that wasn't the case. Curry was actually wearing the sweatshirt of a private Minneapolis school, Minnehaha Academy. It's been reported that one of his friends is married to a Minnehaha Academy alum.

Curry sent out a tweet Thursday to make sure there was no bad blood between him and Jenkins.

Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, following the mini-drama, was relieved to hear that Curry isn't a frontrunner after all. Just a star basketball player who made an eye-catching wardrobe choice. 

And as it turns out, Curry was actually at the game with a Patriots fan but made it known ahead of time he was rooting for the Eagles. Click on Smith's "Receipts" tweet below to see the proof.