Four days after he was released by the Eagles, cornerback Orlando Scandrick went on FS1’s “Undisputed” and ripped his former team.
Scandrick, 32, said he felt like a scapegoat for the team’s failure this season and took a flamethrower to the entire organization.
“The problem in Philadelphia goes much, much deeper than me,” he said.
“I think they’re having a tough time dealing with success. Whenever you gotta say, ‘oh, we’re going to get it together. Oh, no one believes in us. Oh, it’s about us.’ You’re already doomed.”
While no one was safe, Scandrick saved his harshest words for safety and Eagles defensive captain Malcolm Jenkins, classifying Jenkins as a selfish player.
Scandrick brought up a blown coverage in the Minnesota game on a play where Rasul Douglas expected to have help. Initially, Scandrick didn’t want to name Jenkins when he talked about “selfish” players on the defense, but the FS1 hosts figured it out pretty quickly.
Then Scandrick went in on Jenkins:
I think that when you wear a C on your jersey it’s your job to bring guys along, it’s your job, sometimes you need to take the hard down, you need to take the hard job and you need to bring the thing together. I don’t know if that’s the case. Look at everything that happened. You hold out for a contract, you come in, you’re not really making any plays, like splash plays. Then you go down to Minnesota, you’re somehow supposed to be in the half of the field and you end up playing a crosser. That’s not a rookie we’re talking about here. That’s a two-time Super Bowl champ.
Earlier on Friday, Doug Pederson brought up off-the-field distractions that hurt the team last week. That obviously included the anonymous comments about the offense to an ESPN reporter.
When asked about turmoil in the locker room, Scandrick said, “Let’s just say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
Scandrick also brought up comments from Lane Johnson after the loss in Dallas that seemed to indicate players were showing up late for practice or meetings. Scandrick had a problem that Johnson went public with those comments instead of taking those concerns directly to the player.
“The problem is not just fixable by saying we’re all going to stick together,” Scandrick said. “You say ‘we’re all going to stick together, we’re all in this together’ but then you get Lane saying people’s late to meetings. There’s some accountability issues there and it starts from the top.”
Getting back to when Scandrick said he felt his release was “scape-goatish” he also had a problem that Zach Brown was released after his comments, but then Pederson talked about going down to Dallas and getting a win. “Should he get released?” Scandrick asked.
And then Scandrick was asked about how Carson Wentz is perceived in the locker room and how he’s dealt with the pressure.
“There’s a ton of pressure on him, but let’s start here,” Scandrick said. “Nick Foles is not walking through that door. At all. Not at all. Are there some people in that locker room that would probably still want Nick? Yeah. That’s not a knock against Carson. It’s just what Nick has achieved, but he’s not walking through that locker room.”
And finally, there were some choice words for Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, who told Scandrick he was being released because they wanted to bring in younger players.
“I don’t believe anything Howie Roseman says,” Scandrick said. “Howie is one of the people if he told me it was raining outside, I’d probably get some shorts just in case.”
It’s safe to say we’ve seen the last of Orlando Scandrick in Philadelphia.