Star Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown looked dejected as he cleaned out his locker on Tuesday. There were rumors that the media might not be granted locker room access. Head coach Nick Sirianni had already stated that he would move his postseason presser, one that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, until later in the week, so there were questions about whether or not we’d hear from players too. In the end, however, access was granted, and as you might imagine, everyone found their way to Number 11.
Sadly, as is often the case, much of what he had to say was trimmed to a smaller part of his theory. A.J. has never been shy about wearing emotions on his sleeve. That’s truly what we love about him, but occasionally that leads to headlines.
We enter ‘Exhibit A’ into the discussion. He was asked what the toughest part about Sunday’s game was for him.
As you might expect, AJ Brown’s statement has people talking.
That may not seem like much. That may not even cause a stir in other media markets, but in a sports-crazed city like Philly, one that is still in mourning following a blown opportunity, statements like those grow legs quickly.
We don’t believe that A.J. Brown meant any harm. Clearly, he’s emotional, but there’s been much discussion about what he said. Some have agreed that kicking a field goal was the right move. Others disagreed, but there are others still that believe this qualifies as throwing head coaches under the bus. A.J., never one to shy away when criticized, offered his response.
Sure, that can be attributable to something else, but based on our minimal dealings with A.J. and using history as our teacher, he probably isn’t appreciative of how what he’s saying is being viewed.
Here are two theories:
- This is why guys don’t enjoy talking to the media.
- In a world where I.G. and Snapchat exist (and people want immediate access) when you shove microphones in people’s faces, you can’t be upset when you hear something that you may not want to hear. Emotion and real reactions in real-time are a part of the game.
We move along to other fallout stories that, for lack of better phrasing, smack of immaturity.
Deebo Samuel doubles down on his James Bradberry comments.
If you haven’t heard, before the Eagles’ Super Bowl appearance, there was a game at Lincoln Financial Field, the NFC Championship Game. The San Francisco 49ers were beaten soundly on that day, and let’s just say that they aren’t handling it well.
Some of you may have heard that during a recent appearance on the I Am Athlete podcast, Niners star Deebo Samuel had a few choice words to aim at James Bradberry. He then doubled down during the Super Bowl.
James Bradberry may not be on the Eagles roster next season, but based on the way that San Fran has handled the loss in its aftermath, they may be on the verge of turning the Eagles and Niners into the NFL’s new extended rivalry.
We’d also like to point out that we’d take AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith over Deebo and Brandon Aiyuk any day.
Wait! Who’s still criticizing Jalen Hurts?
We’ve read your emails and comments about what people have said about Jalen Hurts’ final Hail Mary attempt. We never responded because derogatory comments about Jalen’s arm talent are asinine. You saw his deep passes to AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith in the Super Bowl. What is there to criticize?
Let’s make two statements here just to settle things down. One, Jalen stepped on Kelce’s foot. That led to the underthrow. Secondly, when are you going to realize that you can’t rattle this guy?
With that, we move on. Philadelphia has found its quarterback, and that’s one of a dozen reasons for optimism as we move on to what should be an intriguing offseason.