Philadelphia Eagles: Jim Schwartz offers high praise for Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Malcolm Jenkins (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles’ DC offered high praise to Malcolm Jenkins recently.

Some things never change. Other things change all of the time, like NFL rosters. For the first time since a playoff game in 2014 that followed the 2013 regular season, a game that would be the only postseason game in which Chip Kelly would coach the Birds, the Philadelphia Eagles will take the field for a game with Malcolm Jenkins on the opposite sideline.

The New Orleans Saints visit the Birds at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 14. Expect Mr. Jenkins’ best effort in that one.

Jim Schwartz pays a Philadelphia Eagles legend a huge compliment.

On the Tuesday leading up to that one, Philly’s defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz spoke with the media, as he does every week. As you might imagine, he had a lot to say about one of the best players to wear an Eagles jersey over the course of the past ten seasons.

Schwartz calls him the smartest player that he ever coached. Anyone who knows anything about Jenkins, even if you haven’t heard him speak, would have to agree. Here’s more from The General.

"He was so efficient at doing his job that if he made a mistake it was like once a year. Other players will make a couple (of) mistakes a game. (He did) very, very, very rarely. If he did, it was like, ‘News flash’ that he had a missed assignment or wasn’t in the right spot. He was just that player that always did the right thing."

Before returning to the Saints this past offseason, Jenkins spent six seasons in an Eagles jersey. Over that time, he appeared in 102 games. That includes six playoff starts.

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The result was 555 total tackles (including a knockout shot on Brandin Cooks that set a tone in Sper Bowl LII), 6.5 sacks, 59 pass breakups, 11 interceptions, four defensive touchdowns, 12 forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries. Now, Philly needs to find a way to limit him in yet another must-win game for the Birds. Good luck with that by the way.