EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley said he felt disrespect coming from the Eagles on Sunday afternoon and admitted it got under his skin as the Eagles cruised to a 33-18 win.
While Mosley, a team captain, talked about the general disrespect the Jets get league-wide, he brought up two specific instances from Sunday.
“It was all over the field. I saw it,” Mosley said. “Coin toss, no hand shake. (Fletcher) Cox was laughing at Coach (Robert) Saleh when he was fighting for us, trying to get a play called. You see that stuff and you feel that stuff. And as a competitor, as a warrior, when you’re fighting with your brothers, that pisses you off. That’s been going on for a long time.”
Cox, Rodney McLeod and Jason Kelce were the Eagles’ captains at midfield for the coin toss.
As for Cox’s laughing at Saleh, Mosley declined to get into the specifics.
“Nah, I’d rather not,” Mosley said. “I saw something and it kind of got under my skin. But that just kind of put me in the mindset that at some point, we gotta change and go take whatever’s on the field. Whether it was him, it could have been anybody. It could have been a different team. The point is that we have to change the narrative and it’s going to take us and only us.”
On Sunday night, Cox responded on Instagram with a photo of him and Mosley greeting each other at midfield and the caption:
"Respect the game.. one thing fletch will always do!!!!! I’m out #9-one great team win"
The Jets and Eagles held joint practices in Florham Park, New Jersey, this summer before their preseason matchup. So these two teams know each other better than typical inter-conference opponents.
And back in the summer, there was plenty of jawing during those intense practices. Because of that, Cox said this week that he thought there might be some extra chirping in this game. It sounds like he was right.
But ultimately, the Eagles took control of this game. Sure, the Jets scored early and held three differently leads, but the Eagles scored on their first seven possessions and the Jets just couldn’t keep up. They fell to 3-9 on the season and continue to be a laughing stock.
So when Mosley saw what he deemed to be disrespect, it stung even more.
“Obviously, that’s something that will get under a player’s skin,” Mosley said. “But like I said, at the end of the day, when you handle your business and you’re doing things right, teams don’t have time to be doing all that laughing, don’t have time to be doing all that stuff because you’re punching them in the mouth. That just has to be our mindset. Nothing is going to come easy for us, we have to go take everything. Not earn it, we gotta go take it.”
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