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The story behind Eagles’ dog masks

The story behind Eagles’ dog masks

It's not every day a defensive end wears a dog mask while he does interviews in the locker room after a playoff game.

But Saturday wasn't just any other day.

Chris Long and Lane Johnson both brought pretty authentically looking Halloween dog masks to the Eagles-Falcons playoff game Saturday night to riff on the underdog theme they heard for the last two weeks.

Johnson wore his walking off the field after the Eagles' tense 15-10 win at the Linc (see Roob's observations). Long wore his doing interviews after the game in the home locker room.

Asked what prompted the mask, Long said: "I don’t know if you heard, there was a little narrative this week that the media was pushing that evidently we were like not favored?

"So I (got) this mask. Somebody was like, 'What’s up with the wolf mask?' First of all, it’s a German shepherd. And it’s the underdog mask and I wasn’t going to field any questions but I decided I would field them in the dog mask."

And that's how the 32-year-old Long found himself standing in the locker room doing interviews wearing a German shepherd mask.

Asked what the reaction to the mask has been, Long looked at a writer while the mask covering his face and said: "People are terrified. You guys are scared right now. You’re shaking all over.

"It’s big time to win the game, but we really wanted to put the masks on, so that was an added bonus."

The idea was for Long and Johnson to walk off the field together, both wearing the masks.

"We were looking for each other," Long said. "But I couldn’t find his scent."

Johnson said it's all part of being loose and having fun playing the game they love.

“Just having some fun," he said. "We were called underdogs all week so I figured we needed a good dog mask. I had it hidden in (Jason Peters') coat. If we hadn’t won the game that mask would have never been seen."

Howard Eskin outing Alshon Jeffery led to bizarre press conference moment with Doug Pederson

Howard Eskin outing Alshon Jeffery led to bizarre press conference moment with Doug Pederson

Signs of dysfunction in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room began to show late last week when ESPN’s Josina Anderson quoted an anonymous Eagles player criticizing Carson Wentz and the Birds' offense.

Head coach Doug Pederson wasn’t thrilled about it when asked prior to the Dallas Cowboys game, then the team went out and played a total dud. 

A new page in the drama was written this morning when WIP’s Howard Eskin reported on the air that he knew the identity of the anonymous player — Alshon Jeffrey.

Not only did Eskin name Alshon, he also called him “foolish and stupid.” Eskin also criticized Anderson, “She’ll bait a guy and then the guy gets trapped into saying things and he says them.”

Here’s the full quote as transcribed by Crossing Broad:

Eskin: Yeah why not. Alshon Jeffery.

Cataldi: It is?

Eskin: Yes. The thing is, here’s why he’s foolish and stupid – He knows that she’s not out to have his back. The problem is, as a reporter, I’ve seen her do this. She’ll bait a guy and then the guy gets trapped into saying things and he says them. It’s just foolish and stupid. We all understand it’s not productive. But what benefit was there to say that? And the reality is, why would he worry about a defensive player (Jalen Ramsey) not being traded for? And when he talks about checking down, sometimes the back you check down to is blocked. Or he’s blocking and then can’t get off the block. That’s one of your checkdowns. So the whole thing was just stupid. But it’s not being productive for somebody like that.

This is interesting in part because Alshon denied being the source last week, Josina defended her source from Eskin — “He has zero knowledge of who I spoke to. #Zero” —  and also because Eskin appears on the Eagles radio broadcasts on game days, travels on the team plane, and even received his own Super Bowl ring. So the Inquirer’s Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane took all of that info to Pederson’s press conference on Monday, which led to a fascinating exchange.

“There was a report that Alshon Jeffrey was the anonymous player who was giving quotes to ESPN," McLane began. "Is that true? And also, the person who reported it doesn’t technically work for the Eagles but he’s on the sideline with the Eagles, he flies [on the Eagles plane], he wears a Super Bowl ring given to him by the Eagles. Are we to assume just because he reported it, that the Eagles want it out there?”

Pederson appeared somewhat dumbfounded but didn’t “want to go there.”

“That has nothing to do with the Buffalo Bills or the Dallas Cowboys," Pederson said.

So pretty much a non-answer. But the interesting exchanges didn’t stop there.

Once the press conference ended, Eskin had some choice words for McLane who reportedly took the high road and avoided a confrontation, according to people in the room.

So maybe Alshon was the anonymous player, maybe not. It'll be curious to see how Alshon responds to the latest reports here. He had some unusually high praise for Carson Wentz in the locker room following the game last night.

"I still believe in each and every one of the guys in here," Jeffery said. "Carson is our guy. Everybody on our team, we’re together. On offense, Carson, O-line, me, Nelson, receivers, the skill group, we all have to be held accountable. I mean, that was unacceptable. That was embarrassing today.”

All we know for sure is there is plenty of drama surrounding the Eagles these days. That never bodes well.


 

'Man up!' Rex Ryan tore into Doug Pederson after brutal loss to Cowboys

'Man up!' Rex Ryan tore into Doug Pederson after brutal loss to Cowboys

Doug Pederson kinda-sorta guaranteed the Philadelphia Eagles would go down to Texas and beat the Dallas Cowboys. Then he walked his words back a bit.

Then the Birds went down to Dallas and got their butts handed to them by the Cowboys.

Pederson stepped up and took responsibility for the ugly loss, calling it one of the two worst losses of his career.

Owning up for the pathetic effort isn't the same as "manning up," at least according to former head coach Rex Ryan who went in hard at Pederson this morning on ESPN's Get Up.

"Doug Pederson set the tone for the whole game," Ryan said. "You see the Cowboys' take on it, 'hey, he guaranteed it.' You know what he did? He backed down on what he said. In his locker room, whether he said it or not, you put in there that you really don't believe it. To me, man, pull a Buddy Ryan. If you're gonna say it, double down. My dad would have doubled down and he would have beat Dallas, like he always did."

"I get it, you won a Super Bowl and all that. Coach Frank Reich might have had something to do with that also. You're a legend. I'm just telling you right now, man up. Philly wants you to say, 'I'm going to beat Dallas' and go out and do it. Now he whimpers away. I lost some respect there."

For Doug's part, he told reporters after the game that he didn't regret his declaration

“I just felt like I had a lot of confidence in this football team, a lot of trust, a lot of faith in the guys,” Pederson said. “Had a good week of preparation. Quite honestly, after a game like this, we all have to step back, look in the mirror, especially myself. It starts with me. This is one of those games that I take personal from that standpoint. We didn’t play well and that’s personal on me. I gotta get that fixed.” 



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