By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Part of doing a “better job,” as we’ve heard Andy Reid echo many times over the more than a decade he’s been the Eagles head coach, is identifying what the problems the team has, and fixing them. Although the Eagles have a winning record at 3-2, it doesn’t seem like fixing things has been part of the recipe for success so far.
“I think one of the frustrating parts, whether we won or not, we’re still seeing a lot of the same things going on out there. Things that we should be correcting by now,” Eagles defensive lineman told 94WIP’s Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on Tuesday. “We’re going into the 6th week of the season and you have to start to see the improvement happening and the things that the teams need to be working on, or your focus starts to come together. So I think there needs to be more of a sense of urgency on our part to start getting these things corrected and adjusted.”
Turnovers have been the most talked about mistakes that have continued to happen, but they’re not the only ones. Confusion within the secondary, missed tackles, and poor play on special teams have all been recurring themes.
Another hot topic this week has been the lack of production from the Eagles defensive line, especially when quarterback sacks and hits are concerned. The Eagles have seven sacks so far this season, and had more than twice that number at this point last year. They didn’t sack Ben Roethlisberger once on Sunday, after he was sacked nine times in the Steelers’ previous three games.
“They started to adjust and they were keeping a lot of people in to chip and to block. I had more double teams between the run and the pass in that game, than I ever had in my career,” Jenkins said. We’re getting schemed by a lot of teams, and the average person doesn’t realize what is going on. A lot of these teams are leaving seven, eight guys at times in to block, just to keep us from getting pressure on the quarterback or to keep lanes for the quarterback to escape in, open.”
“Up front, we’re feeling the heat,” Jenkins said. “We’re starting to get a lot of criticism. Everybody wants to talk about the lack of sacks, you know, whatever. Any person that has pride in their job doesn’t want to be critiqued and we’re putting it on our shoulders to go out there and get this stuff turned around.”