Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has been accused of taking a play off this past weekend, and he refuses to let analysts believe that.
The Philadelphia Eagles had to wrap their season up last week after a road loss to the New Orleans Saints. It’s unfortunate, but the Saints showed the Eagles why they were deserving of the number one seed and home field advantage with their victory. Just because the Saints won though, doesn’t mean that the Eagles didn’t put up a good fight. This wasn’t your Week 11 Eagles this past Sunday. They fought hard all the way until the end. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
Now that the game is over though, there are plenty of analysts still going over the game film from last week ahead of the Saints matchup this weekend against the Los Angeles Rams. Recently, Sharp Football Analyst, Warren Sharp brought the Saints fake punt play back to life on Twitter, to show how the trick play actually worked. In the process of describing the play, Sharp threw a subtle shot at Eagles defensive tackle, Fletcher Cox. Sharp’s tweet started with the quote “Never take plays off,” and Twitter lost their minds.
The original tweet:
As you can see, Sharp accuses Cox of playing passively. Apparently, Cox gave little-to-no effort on the play in the eyes of Sharp, but what this analyst forgot to mention was the fact that Cox ended up getting hurt on this specific play. In the video, you can see No. 91 grabbing his leg. After that play, Cox ended up leaving the game for a bit to get everything checked out. Eventually, Cox returned to the field, but he would soon miss more time due to the same injury.
Considering that Fletcher Cox is known to be active on social media when available, it comes as no surprise to see that the Eagles defensive tackle came to his defense. After an entire day of his mentions being blown up went by, Cox decided to chip in his two sense on the accusation that he took a play off. And in case you were wondering – No, Fletcher Cox did not admit to taking a play off on Sunday.
Cox speaks his mind
Clearly, Cox does not see everything the same way that Warren Sharp sees it. Cox admits that he could take being called out if he didn’t go one-hundred percent on every play. But since Cox was hurt, he really felt disrespected about the accusation. In light of the entire tweet battle throughout Twitter on Thursday, Cox makes sure to let everybody know that he doesn’t want to see fans complaining in his mentions about it again.
If you could guess, Cox and the rest of the Eagles are probably still a bit sour about blowing a 14 point lead, and not advancing in the playoffs. While their season still ended on a reasonably good note, there’s probably a good chance that most of these guys are still a bit ticked off about being knocked out. And now that analysts are accusing Cox of being lazy for a play, he really isn’t going to hold back his opinion of those who got something wrong about him.