Orlando Scandrick

Eagle Eye podcast: Going through the Orlando Scandrick drama

Eagle Eye podcast: Going through the Orlando Scandrick drama

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are on their way to Buffalo but still find time to discuss all this Orlando Scandrick drama. 

The guys go over Scandrick’s comments on FS1, break down what was valid and what wasn’t and react to Malcolm Jenkins’ rebuttal. 

• Going through Scandrick's comments point-by-point 
• What there some validity to what he said? 
• Scandrick calls Malcolm Jenkins selfish 
• Jenkins responds strongly 
• Distractions continue to mount this year 

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Return fire — Malcolm Jenkins goes NSFW on Orlando Scandrick

Return fire — Malcolm Jenkins goes NSFW on Orlando Scandrick

By the time Malcolm Jenkins got off the practice field Friday afternoon, he had already heard about the comments from his former teammate Orlando Scandrick on FS1’s Undefeated. 

While talking about Scandrick, who classified Jenkins as a selfish player, Jenkins said he didn’t “give two s—“ about players who aren’t on the team anymore. 

“For us to move on as a team,” Jenkins said, “we can’t have motherf——s like that in the room.” 

During his national television interview earlier on Friday morning, Scandrick said there were some selfish players on the Eagles' defense and pointed to a play where Jenkins was supposed to provide safety help for Rasul Douglas in the Minnesota game. After he playfully declined to say who he was talking about, Scandrick made it clear and ripped Jenkins. 

“Look, I really (don’t) give two s— about people who ain’t here,” Jenkins said. “A lot of it was … you could ask anybody in the locker room who I am as a player, who I am to this team, I think one of the things he said was I didn’t take accountability for certain plays, which anybody who goes and looks at any of my comments, I immediately take credit for all of the mistakes I make.”

For what it’s worth, Jenkins had already taken blame for that deep-ball touchdown in Minnesota. 

So, on Friday, Jenkins was asked directly about Scandrick’s assertion that he’s a selfish player. 

“Man, my record speaks for itself,” Jenkins responded. “Everybody knows what I do for this team, what I do for everybody in this locker room, how much time I put into … see, I won’t even waste my effort with that.”

Jenkins, 31, has been considered a veteran leader in the Eagles’ locker room since his arrival in 2014. During that time, he hasn’t just been one of the team’s best players, he’s also been one of its most respected leaders. 

When asked about Scandrick’s questioning the leadership on the Eagles, Jenkins scoffed: “The 12-year vet said there’s leadership issues?” 

While he was clearly mad about the comments from a guy who shared a meeting room and a huddle with him just last week, Jenkins also said he was relieved that player is gone. 

“I think the most [frustrating part] is you go to battle with somebody, you see them face to face every day,” Jenkins said. “We’re all grown men. If you have something that’s on your mind, go ahead and say it. We’ve got that open dialogue here. I know I’m not afraid to say something if I have an issue. I would hope my peers have the same respect. At the same time, to know now that that’s kind of what was in your locker room, it feels good to know that he’s not here.”

One of the overarching themes of Scandrick’s appearance on TV this morning was about an overall lack of accountability in the Eagles’ franchise. Scandrick said there’s a lack of accountability with the team and “it starts from the top.” 

Jenkins was asked about that accountability problem on Friday. 

“How long was he here?” Jenkins fired back. 

A reporter said three weeks. 

“That’s probably not long enough to know the team.”

Doug Pederson believes all the distractions are affecting Eagles

Doug Pederson believes all the distractions are affecting Eagles

Doug Pederson believes off-the-field distractions — notably ESPN’s report last week quoting an anonymous player criticizing Carson Wentz — may have affected the team’s play in their embarrassing loss to the Cowboys.

“We can’t have that,” he said. “Open dialogue is the best way. If there’s an issue, just come to me or come to the player.”

ESPN’s Josina Anderson quoted an unnamed player making comments critical of Wentz and the Eagles’ offense, which understandably became a major topic both in and around the locker room.

Pederson brought up those distractions unprompted when asked how his team has handled this past week of preparation for Sunday’s game against the Bills. 

“They’ve responded well,” Pederson said. “We had a lot of distractions last week, off-the-field distractions, and they’ve put that behind them, they’ve moved on, they’re focused in on this game, this opponent.”

The Eagles, 3-4, are coming off back-to-back lopsided losses to the Vikings and Cowboys.

When teams play this badly, there are inevitably going to be plenty of distractions, whether it’s Lane Johnson saying after the Dallas game players are showing up late at practice, a quote from Malcolm Jenkins about Nick Foles that could have been interpreted as a knock on Carson Wentz or Friday’s nationally televised comments from former Eagle Orlando Scandrick blasting the team.

Pederson was asked if those things can negatively affect the team. 

“I think it can play a part, you know?” he said. “When they’re hearing about it every day and you guys are asking them every day, yeah, it can definitely affect the mentality. Me standing up here every day. But that’s our jobs. Listen, that comes with the territory. We’re based on wins and losses in this league. Sometimes it’s unfortunate, but that’s how we’re judged. We take the good with the bad and we stand up here and face the music and our players have to do the same thing and they’ve done a great job with that and I think that’s part of the resilience of the football team.”

Pederson spoke Monday morning before Scandrick's nationally televised tirade.

This is only the 14th time in franchise history and only the fifth time in the last 40 years the Eagles have lost back-to-back games by at least 18 points.

It’s only the ninth time they’ve allowed 37 or more points in consecutive games and just the fifth time in the last 50 years.

This is clearly a team at crossroads, but Pederson said he liked what he saw in the days since the team returned from Dallas.

“What I’m seeing from the guys on the field … they’re encouraging, if something happens in practice they want to repeat a play, they want to get it right, they want to make that correction right away, they’re working off on the side, Carson and the receivers are throwing extra on the side or the offensive line is working extra on the side, whatever it might be,” he said. “Those are all signs of teams that it means something to them, it’s important to them, they want to fix it. No one wants to lose in this league and they’re working hard to fix it.”

Whether they can fix it remains to be seen.