Orlando Scandrick

Orlando Scandrick doubles down on trolling of Eagles

Orlando Scandrick doubles down on trolling of Eagles

As if the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans needed anymore fodder for their disdain of Orlando Scandrick, the former NFL player once again joined Skip Bayless on "Undisputed" and spoke about the Dallas Cowboys using curious phrasing.

"We," to be specific.

How far does Scandrick believe the Cowboys can go this season?

"We looking good right now," Scandrick responds. This gets a rise out of Shannon Sharpe.

"Oh, it's 'we' now?!" Sharpe says.

Skip comes to his defense because he played for them "for a long time." Just not that recently. Right.

I actually think this is an assertion that Birds fans will welcome. They already can't stand Scandrick and we know how they feel about the Dallas Cowboys, so it's a two birds with one stone situation.

Scandrick was, of course, absolutely destroyed by the Eagles' social media account after he caused a stir after being cut with his comments about Malcolm Jenkins. We're just happy to see he's healthy enough to appear on TV to spew his nonsense.

Looking to Scandrick's take on his Cowboys when they inevitably lose the division to the Eagles in the coming months.

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Orlando Scandrick watches from home as Malcolm Jenkins leads Eagles to victory

Orlando Scandrick watches from home as Malcolm Jenkins leads Eagles to victory

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When former Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick popped off about the team on Friday morning, it was just the cherry on top of what was already a distraction-filled couple of weeks. 

It was like there was one giant circus tent over the NovaCare Complex. 

But the Eagles stayed together. Their leaders led. Their playmakers made plays. Their coaches put together solid gameplans. 

In every facet on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles responded. 

“I think the guys in this room, we respond to adversity,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “I think it brings us together. I think, more so where we are as a team right now, we needed this game at this point in the season. Felt like we had to make a decision. Came together this week and really just worked.” 

With their backs against the wall, facing a possible 3-5 start to their season, the Eagles went to Buffalo to face a 5-1 team and came away with a much-needed 31-13 win. They might have just saved their season. 

On Friday afternoon, Jenkins was as angry as I’ve ever seen him as he answered questions about Scandrick’s FS1 debut. On Sunday afternoon, Jenkins was asked if he had anything to say to Scandrick and responded, “Nope.” He let his play and the scoreboard do the talking. 

Because right now, Scandrick’s NFL career is over and the Eagles improved to 4-4, extending their postseason hopes, without him. 

“Nothing outside of this locker room matters,” Jenkins said. “At the end of the day, what we do on that field, how we prepare to go out on that field, that’s all that wins games. You win or lose based on that. The things people say or all the things that are outside of our building, outside of this locker room, have no impact.”

During Scandrick’s diatribe against his former team, he went hardest after Jenkins, whom he called a selfish player. 

That didn’t sit well with Jenkins or most of his teammates. For years now, Jenkins has been known as the main leader of the Eagles’ defense and one of the main leaders of the entire team. So to question his leadership was shocking. And the Eagles rightfully called him out for that on their Twitter account Friday afternoon. 

But before Scandrick’s comments, the Eagles already had a productive work week without him and Jenkins was his usual self. He was the leader of the defense.  

“I saw Malcolm do what he does best and do what he normally does,” fellow safety Rodney McLeod said. “And that’s lead this team, lead the defensive unit, speak up when necessary. Really, he’s a guy who backs it up through his actions. You seen him out there this week, the way he prepped, kind of leading by example. When you have guys like that, man, everyone else follows. We ride behind two-seven. He’s the guy, man, and he made some big plays today.”

It seemed like the Eagles got big plays from their best players on Sunday. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham got after Josh Allen. The offensive line had a dominant performance. Carson Wentz made smart decisions. 

After losing by 18 points in Minnesota and 27 points in Dallas, there probably wasn’t much reason for anyone outside the organization to believe in the Eagles. But the guys inside the locker room did. 

And their leaders stepped up all week.  

“I think whenever you’re losing, adversity reveals character,” Jason Kelce said. “When times get tough and whatnot, people show who they really are. I think we have some really good leaders on this team that kept guys straight. That’s kind of the way it goes. When you lose games, you’re going to have to deal with this stuff. Losing how bad we did the last couple of weeks, it’s going to be magnified even more. We’ve got enough guys around here who have been through it and understand that.”

At his locker on Friday afternoon, Jenkins was asked if he was interested to see how the Eagles were going to respond to all this adversity. He scoffed and said he wasn’t. He already knew how they were going to respond. 

Turns out he was right. 

There’s a reason Jenkins is one of the veteran leaders on this team. And there’s a reason Scandrick watched the game from his couch.

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A Bill that got away, exposing a fraud and more in Roob's random points

A Bill that got away, exposing a fraud and more in Roob's random points

An unbelievable Eagles draft stat, my thoughts on Orlando Scandrick, Boston Scott, the one that got away and tons more in this weekend's edition of Roob's 10 random Eagles points! 

1. We’ll learn a lot about Doug Pederson Sunday in Buffalo. His strength has always been getting his players to navigate their way through adversity, and back-to-back blowout losses and plenty of off-field distractions certainly qualify as adversity. Is his message still getting through? Will his motivational techniques still work on an older team that doesn’t seem as hungry or have as much emotionally invested as the 2017 group? Are his players still listening? I think by 4:30 p.m. Sunday, we’ll have a pretty good answer.

2. One quick word about the Orlando Scandrick deal: The video the Eagles tweeted out can’t make it any clearer that Scandrick is a fraud. He’s 32. His playing career is over. He wants a TV job. And I’m sure he saw Thursday’s appearance as some sort of audition. That video is damning evidence that Scandrick was more interested in making a splash and making a name for himself than providing any sort of thoughtful analysis of what was happening with the Eagles. “That’s exactly why you the captain of this defense, bro,” Scandrick tells Malcolm after he forced a fumble against the Vikings. “The way that you f***ing conduct yourself, first snap to the last.” And two weeks later Malcolm is selfish and not really a leader? Either Scandrick was full of it two weeks ago or he was full of it Thursday. Either way, it calls into question everything he said. 

3. This is mind-blowing: The Eagles have trailed by 8 or more points at halftime NINE TIMES since last year. That’s 39 percent of their games. Only the Cards have trailed by at least eight points at halftime more during that span (10 times). Conversely, the Eagles have led by eight points at halftime only four times. They’re a pretty good second-half team. They’ve outscored their opponents by 73 points in the second half since last year started, 6th-best in the league. They’re a dreadful first-half team —  minus-60 in the first half the last two years. That points to one thing. They’re just not ready. That’s on Pederson.

4. Fletcher Cox is the only Pro Bowl defensive player the Eagles have drafted since 2006.

4a. I simply can't believe No. 4.

5. Keep an eye on No. 21 in a Bills uniform Sunday. That’s Jordan Poyer, who's developed into one of the better safeties in the league. He’s now in his seventh season and third with the Bills, where he has 10 interceptions since the start of 2017. He’s a smart, tough, physical player on one of the NFL’s best defenses. What’s interesting about Poyer is that he was a 2013 Eagles draft pick. The Eagles took him out of Oregon State in the seventh round, and he initially made the roster. He played 17 snaps on defense and 15 on special teams in three games before the Eagles released him to make roster space for a running back named Matthew Tucker, who was out of the league after two games and five special teams snaps. Poyer? The Browns claimed him on waivers, converted him to safety, and the rest is history. Sometimes it’s not about who you draft but your willingness to be patient and develop players over time. Turns out Poyer was a great draft pick. The Eagles just didn’t know it.

6. The last five running backs to rush for 500 yards in a season for the Eagles are Josh Adams, Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Matthews and DeMarco Murray. None are currently on a 53-man roster.

7. What if Boston Scott is a better runner than Miles Sanders? Granted it’s been garbage time, but Scott has run the ball well in both the Vikings and Cowboys games. In limited work, he’s 11-for-62 rushing, a 5.6 average. Sanders is at 3.5 in his first seven career games, just 18-for-42 the last three (2.3). It’s a limited sample size, and I definitely haven't given up on Sanders. But Scott, who the Eagles promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago, seems shifty, gets up to full speed quickly and hits the hole hard and decisively. All qualities we're waiting to see consistently from the rookie second-round pick.

8. The Eagles’ NFL-high streak of games without a 100-yard rusher is up to 40 straight games. That’s the Eagles’ longest since a 43-game streak over the 1970 through 1973 seasons. 

9. Ted Williams was in the Eagles’ locker room after practice Thursday, which was pretty cool. If you don’t know the name, Williams spent more time on the Eagles’ coaching staff than anybody in history — 20 years. Ray Rhodes brought him in as tight ends coach in 1995 and 1996, and then he coached running backs from 1997 through 2012 under Rhodes and Andy Reid, then he went back to tight ends in 2013 and 2014 under Chip Kelly. What’s really cool is that Williams coached Duce Staley, who succeeded him as running backs coach. Williams and Staley are the only running backs coaches the Eagles have had since 1997! 

10. How big is Sunday? How big is the difference between 3-5 and 4-4? Since 1990, when the NFL’s current playoff format was introduced, 32 percent of teams that started out 4-4 have reached the playoffs (57 of 177), according to Pro-Football-Reference’s database. During the same span, only 9 percent of 3-5 teams have reached the playoffs (15 of 170).

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