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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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What's next after Eagles' latest cornerback catastrophe?

What's next after Eagles' latest cornerback catastrophe?

MINNEAPOLIS — After the game, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas spoke about putting the game behind them, learning from their mistakes, moving on.

But this was such a thorough collapse by the Eagles’ two third-year corners it really makes you wonder if that’s even possible.

Kirk Cousins attacked both Jones and Douglas all afternoon Sunday to the tune of 333 yards, four touchdowns and a 38-20 dismantling of the Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Eagles have now allowed 16 touchdowns passes in six games, and the only QB who didn’t throw one — Luke Falk — isn’t even in the league anymore.

We’re a confident group,” Douglas said. “We know what we can do. You’re not about to play in the league and not have a bad game. Everybody has bad games, as a team and as individuals. So we’ve got to just find out what we did wrong, fix it all up and move on, because we know the Cowboys are going to watch the film and try to do the same thing.

Douglas allowed two long touchdowns to Stefon Diggs, and Jones allowed an Adam Thielen touchdown, mis-played a short Diggs catch into a big play and was just shaky all day.

Douglas has played fairly consistent this year, but Jones has struggled both to stay healthy and to perform when he is on the field.

Sunday was a terrible day for both of them.

“We’re still putting pieces together,” Jones said. “We haven’t came to form. We know what we’re capable of and we’re still trying to do that.”

This is the first time since 1965 the Eagles have allowed five TD passes of 40 yards or more in their first six games. 

They allowed just three last year.

It’s very frustrating,” Jones said. “Obviously you try to eliminate those and make it hard for them to drive down the field, but when we give it to them easy it’s pretty frustrating.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins took the blame for the second long Diggs touchdown.

“I should have been back there.,” he said. “I just vacated the deep end of the field. We just did too many things to give them extra tries. We turned it on one point and it started to turn around, but it was too late.”

How do you put this sort of embarrassment behind you?

It’s not hard at all,” Jones said. “Watch film, go over your mistakes, what you need to do to get better and just practice. We have a game next week, we can’t think about this one. It’s over. We lost already. We’ve got to move on as a team. We’ve got the Cowboys, a divisional game and we’ve just got to move on to that.

Jones didn’t play against the Jets because of his nagging hamstring. He left the Vikings game briefly “to get right” but did finish.

He was a second-round pick, and so far we just haven’t seen it.

“I feel like I’m very close,” he said. “I just have to put the pieces together.”

Jalen Mills should be back this week, and Ronald Darby, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Avonte Maddox are all expected to return at some point this year.

But let’s be honest. 

It’s not enough.

The Eagles need help. Jones and Douglas are still young players and could get better.

But right now, if this team has serious playoff aspirations, their corners just aren’t good enough.

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Zach Brown doesn’t want to talk Kirk Cousins, but Vikings are happy to troll

Zach Brown doesn’t want to talk Kirk Cousins, but Vikings are happy to troll

MINNEAPOLIS — As you might have guessed, Eagles linebacker Zach Brown wasn’t eager to talk about Kirk Cousins following the Eagles’ 38-20 loss to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Earlier in the week, Brown told ESPN he thought Cousins was the weakest part of the Vikings’ offense.

On Sunday, Cousins threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles.

Did Brown regret saying what he did?

“I’m here to talk about the game, not about that,” Brown said. “Any other questions besides about Kirk Cousins?”

While Brown didn’t want to talk about Cousins, the Vikings’ social media team had no problem trolling in the wake of their blowout win.

When asked about Brown's comments, Cousins claimed he hadn't heard them and took the high road.

“I didn’t even know what he said," Cousins said. "I really do stay ignorant, not read anything and that’s for my best interest. But Zach was a teammate in Washington. He’s one of the better linebackers I’ve played with or against. Have a lot of respect for him, and if you’re trying to write a story about how it was a motivator this week, it wasn’t, because I didn’t even know about it.”

Cousins became just the fourth quarterback to complete over 75 percent of his passes for over 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles. The others: Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2018, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Phil Simms in 1984.

Eventually, Brown was asked how he thought Cousins played and gave an answer:

“He did a great job today. He played good. Hats off to him.”

Brown was teammates with Cousins in Washington for the 2017 season. That year, the Redskins went 7-9. Cousins threw for just over 4,000 yards with 27 touchdowns but also threw 13 interceptions. He also fumbled a career-high 13 times. Brown, earlier this week, mentioned that Cousins was careless with the football. Cousins threw one pick on Sunday but it didn’t end up mattering.

Overall, the 38 points given up to the Vikings on Sunday were the second-most surrendered by the Eagles during the Jim Schwartz era, behind just the blowout 48-7 loss to New Orleans last season.

“At the end of the day, we gotta do our job on our side of the football,” Brown said. “Hats off to them, they got the best of us today. But we gotta do our job on both sides of the football. We gotta eliminate penalties on ourselves too. They got the win today, but you never know, we might end up seeing them again.”

If these two teams do meet again, Brown might want to be a tad quieter next time.



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