Are we really going to get angry over what Mychal Kendricks said about some of his former teammates?
Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles traveled to FirstEnergy Stadium to face the Cleveland Browns for week three of the preseason. As a primetime matchup, we expected somewhat of a good game. Unfortunately, we were left with a dud as the Eagles took an ugly 5-0 loss in the team’s dress rehearsal. Just when we were ready to forget the dreadful game, we were all reminded about it the same way that we initially were hyped up for the game in the first place.
For those who don’t know, HBO has been filming this season of Hard Knocks in Cleveland. And as you have probably heard by now, former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks was one of many players who put a show on for the cameras. The only difference was Kendricks ‘motivation’ for his team involved downplaying his former teammates.
Now, let’s not get it twisted. Kendricks was just giving out some insider info about guys that he used to play with, as they were set to take on the Eagles. So, the fact that he did that was understandable. But as the cameras caught it and broadcasted it for the world to see, Eagles fans can’t help but feel like Kendricks was just being salty about getting cut from the Eagles a few months ago.
What happened exactly?
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As he stood in front of his team in the conference room, Kendricks held a notebook with his observations, with particular details of his former teammates. Knowing that Carson Wentz would be out once again, the Browns were preparing for Nick Foles. Well, Kendricks downplayed Foles’ deep ball as a little bit of encouragement for the secondary.
Next, Kendricks gave Zach Ertz some props for being a good receiver but followed up with a backhanded remark regarding his blocking abilities. Lastly, Kendricks had nothing nice to say about backup left tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai. There could’ve been more, but it appears that HBO was not open to airing the entirety of Kendricks speech to his teammates.
Why should anybody care?
First of all, we don’t want to say that Kendricks is wrong. We have all been well aware of these simple facts about Foles, Ertz, and Vaitai for quite some time now. While we do sense a bit of bitterness from the former Eagle, why should anybody honestly care?
Think about it, the Eagles don’t even face the Browns this year, so there really isn’t anything there for regular season bulletin board material. We all knew that behind closed doors Kendricks wasn’t happy with his situation in Philly for the last few years, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he isn’t too fond of the organization, despite winning a ring with them last year.
The bottom line is that whatever Kendricks had to say doesn’t take away the fact that those three players that he trashed in a team meeting heading into a preseason game got their jobs done when called upon in crucial situations. Foles slung the deep ball like an MVP, while Ertz was one of the best tight ends in the NFL last season. Vaitai wasn’t exactly a Pro Bowl left tackle, but he really seemed to get the job done when Jason Peters went down last season.
Also, at the end of the day, the Eagles remain a playoff contender, while the Browns are perhaps the biggest question mark in the NFL. Whatever a backup linebacker has to say, shouldn’t really affect those who cheer for the champions. In other words, just forget about Kendricks’ as a whole, Eagles fans. The Birds have bigger things to worry about, like defending their title.