Do you ever look at other teams and wonder ‘why can’t our guys do that’? On Sunday Night Football, George Kittle should have raised a red flag for Eagles fans about Alshon Jeffery.
There’s really no way of saying this nicely. The Philadelphia Eagles now operate under a system where no one is held accountable. Sure, Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson will step up to the podium to meet with the media, and they’ll say things like ‘that’s on me’ and ‘I have to be better’. That’s a good thing. You want to see that from your leaders, but aside from that, there’s no accountability. In Week 12, versus the Seattle Seahawks, Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery sat out with a bum ankle after being listed as questionable leading up to the game (and after being cleared for action a week earlier).
If he can’t play, then fine, but if he can, why isn’t he? Keep in mind the fact that he was cleared to play last week.
George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers broke a bone in his ankle less than a month ago. He was supposed to be out of the lineup for six-to-eight weeks, and on Sunday Night Football, he returned earlier than expected and balled out versus the Green Bay Packers.
In all, he racked up six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. That included a 61-yard reception that put the game away in the third quarter. Jeffery, with no broken bones, sat on the Eagles sideline for most of the game with a hood on and did nothing despite the fact that his team needed him.
Let that sink in for a second. See? Accountability.
To make matters worse, Nelson Agholor sat out of Week 12’s game because his knee hurts. Jeffery played the 2017 season with a torn rotator cuff, so we know he’s tough. Here’s a question that needs to be asked though. Are the ankle and the knee the issue for Jeffery and Agholor or are both of them upset about the way they’ve been treated by the fans and the media recently?
Both can be a little thin-skinned. If you’ll remember, Jeffery was accused of being a snitch by Howard Eskin among others after some anonymous quotes were leaked. Agholor has been the brunt of criticism all season, and recently he deleted his social media accounts entirely. Both are certain to pick up their checks on payday.
With all of that being said, let’s ask the question again. Are they hurt physically or were their feelings hurt? Let’s hope it wasn’t the latter. If they can play, then, where’s the accountability? Why is Carson Walch here again?