Fletcher Cox: ‘We can’t get the f— out of our own way’

Fletcher Cox: ‘We can’t get the f— out of our own way’

MINNEAPOLIS — Fletcher Cox was frustrated. 

Not just because the Eagles lost 38-20 to the Vikings, but because he thought they did a lot of that damage to themselves. 

We gotta be smart,” Cox said. “It’s 3rd-and-long, we can’t get penalties. We talk about it all the time. You can’t shoot yourself in the foot. 

“Right now, it just seems like we can’t get the f--- out of our own way. That’s the honest-to-God truth. We’re in our own way. Until we can let it go, we’ll keep getting blown out. Until we get out of our own way, we’ll keep getting blown out. We have to fix it and we have to fix it right now.

Five of the Eagles’ seven penalties on Sunday afternoon came on the defensive side of the football. They had a neutral zone infraction, two defensive holds and two defensive pass interferences. 

The Eagles gave up first downs on third downs twice on Sunday. 

• In the first quarter, Rasul Douglas was called for a defensive hold that gave the Vikings a fresh set of downs on a 3rd-and-6. 

• And in the third, Sidney Jones was called for a DPI on 3rd-and-9. Even though it looked like Jones had good coverage on the play, the flag still came out.  

The Vikings got just three points total on those two drives, so it wasn’t like those plays are the only reason the Eagles lost. But they certainly didn’t help. And Cox’s overall point was about miscues and missed chances. 

The Eagles played sloppy football on Sunday and lost. They committed penalties, blew coverages and weren’t disciplined enough. 

“We have to come here next week and fix it,” Cox said. “We play another good football team. We’re on the road again (in Dallas). It’s gonna show what type of team we are. We’ve got our backs against the wall right now. We’ve been in this hole before. As long as this locker room sticks together and don’t start pointing fingers, we know what we can do.”

A week after the Eagles had 10 sacks against the Jets, they had just one against the Vikings. And they had just four quarterback hits. As much as the secondary struggled, a little more pass rush might have helped.

Cox said he actually thought the pass rush was fine against the Vikings, but it was hard to get to Kirk Cousins because he was rolling and the Eagles had to respect the run. Maybe that’s partially true, but they still didn’t do enough. 

No one did enough on Sunday. At least the Cowboys lost too, which sets up a battle for first place in the NFC East next weekend in North Texas. 

“We don’t have to do nothing special,” Cox said. “We just gotta focus on doing our job, everybody just has to focus on doing our job. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”

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Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Harold Carmichael learned back on Monday that he had finally made it into the Hall of Fame, but for logistical reasons he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody until after the official announcement on Wednesday.
As it happened, on Tuesday night, Harold found himself sitting next to his close friend and long-time coach Dick Vermeil at a dinner at NaBrasa Brazlian Steakhouse in Horsham.
For three hours.

Vermeil had just learned he didn't make it into the Hall of Fame. Carmichael had just learned he had.

And he couldn't say a word.
“It was killing me,” Carmichael said. “We talked about being disappointed that he didn’t get in, but I couldn’t say anything to him. He was promoting Dick Vermeil wines and we had about 160 people and they were asking me if I’d heard anything yet and I would just get off the subject. I really didn’t want to lie to anybody. I just couldn’t say anything about it. It was very, very tough for me. It’s still tough for me right now because I’m still trying to answer a lot of the texts. Got over 400 just in the past 24 hours and phone messages. My mailbox is full. They just gotta have patience. Like I did for 36 years.”
Carmichael’s wait is over.
This fall, he’ll be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside more than 300 other all-time greats.
Carmichael retired after the 1984 season, so he’s been eligible since 1989. Despite ranking 5th in NFL history in receptions when he retired, he was never even a finalist until this year.
“I didn’t know if I deserved to be in there,” Carmichael said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing I should be in there for the past 30-some years. It was not a lock for me. I didn’t know if I was good enough. I tried to do my best, but it was not for me to say I should be in the Hall of Fame. It was for me to try to put the numbers up and try to be the type of person they would want to represent the Hall of Fame.”
From 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL in yards (8,414), touchdowns (77) and catches (549). 
When he retired after playing two games with the Cowboys in 1984, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in catches, 7th in yards and 7th in TD catches.
Today, 36 years after his last touchdown, Carmichael still ranks 24th in NFL history in TD catches.
This is all from a kid who didn’t get recruited to play major-college football, was a walk-on at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was drafted in the 7th round.
“When I got here, Harold Jackson and Ben Hawkins were the starting receivers,” Carmichael said. “They were veterans and I was trying to learn how to be a football player and questioning whether I could play in the National Football League.”
Now, nearly half a century later, Carmichael has been recognized as one of the greatest of all time. 
He’s only the 8th receiver drafted in the 7th round or later to make it into the Hall of Fame and the first whose career began in the 1970s or later.
Carmichael, 70, said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind as congratulations have come in from 50 years worth of friends, teammates, coaches and associates.
“My son said to my wife, ‘Mom, I didn’t know so many people loved dad like this,’” Carmichael said.

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Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

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Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro try to figure out what’s taking Doug Pederson so long to hire an offensive coordinator. 

Some top names have already found jobs. The guys update the remaining vacancies and speculate about the Eagles’ plan and toss out one new theory. 

They also look back at the biggest lessons from the 2019 season. 

• Coaches are getting hired all over the NFL 
• Updating offensive coordinator opening
• What are the Eagles’ waiting for? 
• Lessons from the 2019 season 
• Will Jordan Howard be back in 2020? 
• Figuring out which DEs are on the bubble 
• Our championship weekend predictions 
• Harold Carmichael is finally Hall-bound
• Which Eagles player is next? 

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