PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jim Schwartz took a page out of Allen Iverson’s book.
When asked about the play of struggling linebacker Mychal Kendricks during practice, Schwartz referenced Iverson’s famous practice rant.
“Practice doesn’t mean anything,” Schwartz said via NJ.com. “I don’t want to go all Allen Iverson, but it’s all about how you perform on Sunday.”
Kendricks, 26, has fared well in Schwartz’s 4-3 system recording just nine tackles in four games. In Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Lions, Kendricks played just 26 snaps, or 43-percent, and seemed to be targeted against Theo Riddick in the passing game. Riddick caught six balls for 33 yards and two touchdowns.
The former second-round pick seems to be frustrated with his lack of playing time telling reporters earlier in the week, “I’m not even playing. So until then, it is what it is.”
Schwartz, however, says Kendricks is still a big part of the Eagles defense.
“He’s been good at rushing the passer well,” Schwartz said of Kendricks via NJ.com. “I think that that showed. He was able to get a sack and a deflection on one. He’s a key part of our defense and he’ll always be involved.”