When the Philadelphia Eagles signed former New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins at the beginning of free agency, Eagles fans were less than thrilled. Fans felt like the Eagles could have gone after a more decorated player such as former Buffalo Bills safety Jarius Byrd; however, it appears that Jenkins fits the mold of what the Eagles and defensive coordinator Bill Davis would like to do defensively, as opposed to the more expensive player in Byrd.
Jenkins appeared in an analyst role on NFL Network recently and was asked how the Dallas Cowboys 32nd ranked defense could possibly get better after losing their star players in former Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher left via free agency. Also let us not forget Ware was unwilling to take a pay cut, which eventually led to his release.
These were the first shots at Jenkins’ new division rival the Dallas Cowboys:
A couple of years ago, their scapegoat was Rob Ryan, and they got rid of him, and he was the cause of all their problems. He went to New Orleans and took the worst defense in NFL history and turned them into a top five defense. So he couldn’t be the problem.
Eagles fans must remember Jenkins played on that top five defense of the New Orleans Saints last year. Jenkins had a front row seat when the Saints offense racked up 40 first downs against the Cowboys’ 32nd ranked defense.
I do not have a problem with Jenkins’ comments pertaining to his new rivals. It is no secret the Eagles and the Cowboys despise each other, and if Jenkins’ observations are any indication of his feelings toward the Cowboys, the Eagles are in good hands. His comments show his raw passion and he is not afraid to mix it up with his new division rivals. Jenkins clearly believes his division rivals do not pose much of a threat. Jenkins also added that he believes the New York Giants have not improved their roster enough and the Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has style of play that puts his body in harm’s way.
Fans have some time before the season is officially underway, but it is never too early to let the trash talking begin. It appears as if the Philadelphia Eagles fired the first shot, and I’m quite alright with a player having a fiery personality–so long as his labors on the field bear the sweet fruit of victory.