By Joseph Santoliquito
Jason Kelce, one of the NFL’s top centers, shares his weekly thoughts with CBS Philly’s Joe Santoliquito.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s perhaps no one on the Eagles who is a more stand-up guy than Jason Kelce. So when the Eagles center stood up in front of his locker to answer queries as to what happened in the Eagles’ 24-14 debacle to the defending Super Bowl Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Kelce wasn’t about to offer any excuses.
Kelce knows the Eagles could have done better. He also feels Seattle is a very good team, but that was even more pronounced by the Eagles’ self-inflicted mistakes.
“It’s frustrating, but we feel every time we play a game, it’s more on us than the other team,” Kelce said. “I think Seattle obviously has a great defense. Their players run to the ball, they play hard. But frankly, we had opportunities there that we didn’t execute on.
“Our running game stands out the most. We had looks that we’ve been successful at that other teams had problems executing against up to this point. For whatever reason, it was one guy here, one guy there, we just weren’t able to get that going early.
“If we get that going early, we give that defense another dimension and force them to respect that and attack the ball, then we have stuff down the field. We just didn’t do a good job of that against Seattle and that starts up front with us.”
Kelce said the Eagles used tempo to their advantage early against the Seahawks, then the tempo began to sag.
“We kind of got away from the tempo, and that happens when you get down, you press and look for better plays, the perfect play. When the defense comes off a huge drive, and you go three-and-out, and they’re right back out there again, we didn’t place our defense in a good position more than a few times.
“Seattle didn’t do anything we didn’t expect to see. We just didn’t execute. Defensively, Seattle played more vanilla this game than they had all year. Looking back at the film, we’re going to be shooting ourselves with all the mistakes we made. It’s disappointing. It wasn’t a very complex game and we made it more complex than it should have been. That’s what I’m probably frustrated the most about.
“I want see Seattle again. I want to see Green Bay again. I want to see every team that beat us again. We’re a very confident team, even though we just got out tails kicked on offense. We want to prove we’re the best team in the NFL.”
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