Malcolm Jenkins is a Super Bowl champion and veteran NFL safety. He sits down with CBS Philly’s Joe Santoliquito every week.
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Malcolm Jenkins didn’t want to hear it. It’s part of his nature. Jenkins was one of just a few who played well on defense for the Eagles in their wider-than-it-looked 27-20 loss to Washington on Sunday, marking the second-straight loss for the Eagles in dropping them to 3-2.
His second-quarter, 64-yard pick six tied the game at 14-14. But as a leader and a team-first player, Jenkins didn’t want to hear about it. He had problems with the way he played.
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“I’m not pleased at all with how I played, and how we played as a team,” said Jenkins, referring to 493 yards of total offense the Eagles gave up. “There wasn’t much that we could look at and say we did well. Other than my big play, there isn’t much I did. I didn’t play that well, either. It was one of those deals, after watching the tape, where everyone took their turn contributing to the loss.
“We continue to be cut out of our gaps up front, whether it be a linebacker or d-lineman. From a secondary standpoint, we weren’t able to take away some of those quick throws when we tried to pressure. We allowed (Washington quarterback Kirk) Cousins to get out of the pocket to extend plays. We didn’t have guys covered up. Once we fixed one problem, another showed up. Penalties extended drives and put us in bad situations. Once they figured out they could run on us, they kept going back to it.”
Jenkins then paused … “We’re not that bad. But when you get the amount of penalties we had, and you continue to beat yourself, you can easily be the worst team in the league. We’re better than this. When you’re patient and you do your job every play, and make the plays that you’re supposed to make, you can be a good defense. That’s how we played the first three games of the season.
“That’s what everyone saw. We were patient. We took care of the football. When the opportunities came, we took advantage of them. We weren’t doing spectacular things. We didn’t need anyone making highlight plays. We just did our job—and we did effectively. That’s what we have to get back to doing, because we’re better than this.”
Malcolm Jenkins Foundation Event
Jenkins will be holding his third annual Malcolm Jenkins Foundation Blitz, Bow Tie and Bourbon Fundraiser event on Monday, October 24th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Union Trust Building on 717 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For information, you can go to http://themalcolmjenkinsfoundation.org/. Eagles’ long snapper Jon Dorenbos will be the MC.