By Ray Boyd
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — LeSean McCoy joined Ike Reese and Anthony Gargano on The Players Lounge as he does each week following Eagles’ games. On Monday, the Eagles back discussed the team’s gut wrenching loss to the Cowboys; a loss that could be their ticket to an early vacation.
“The way the game started was kind of rocky,” McCoy described referencing the Eagles’ failure to field the game’s opening kickoff.
That mistake allowed for the Cowboys to take an early 7-0 lead that eventually grew to 21-0. Although the Eagles were able to eradicate that lead and take one of their one, they were unable to sustain the momentum.
“We just couldn’t really get it together,” McCoy said of the Eagles’ offensive struggles. The Eagles were only on the field for just over 18 minutes as compared to Dallas which possessed the ball for nearly 42 minutes.
While Chip Kelly does not put a high premium on time of possession, the Eagles offense clearly needed to sustain drives and keep the Cowboys offense off the field early in the game. They struggled to do so.
“I didn’t feel like [the offense] had a lot of plays and we really didn’t do what we wanted to do,” McCoy said.
McCoy also credited the Cowboys defense for turning things around from the performance on Thanksgiving. “I think they just made plays when they had to,” McCoy said of the Cowboys compared to their play in the last meeting.
“They blitz a bit more,” McCoy added saying that some of the plays the Eagles were successful with prior ran right into blitzes this time around.
McCoy emphasized that his focus is now squarely on the Redskins, which means another opportunity to reunite with former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. McCoy discussed Jackson, his departure and playing his friend on Saturday.
When asked if he misses Jackson, McCoy said “yeah, I miss D-Jack. I mean I played with D-Jack for 5-6 years so we kind of established a nice relationship.” McCoy added that the two even still share occasional text messages. “I’ll definitely be excited to see him again.”
On Sunday, Jackson made some comments about the Eagles making the point that he does not miss the organization and that there are still players in the Eagles locker room that have his back.
“Didn’t you hear? I’m a gangster,” Jackson said sarcastically on Sunday. “I’m in a gang. That’s why I’m gone.”
McCoy was also asked whether or not he misses Jackson’s production on the field aside from missing him as a person. McCoy hesitated slightly before answering.
“Do I miss him on the field? I mean I think his play making ability, I mean sure I would love to have that, but I feel like the guys that we have there in the locker room are doing a good job.”
Jackson’s recent comments also involved his former wide receiver mate, Jeremy Maclin. “They still got [Jeremy] Maclin. I’m happy for my boy. He’s been dealing all year. But it’s Maclin and that’s all they got.”
Maclin posted a picture on Instagram that may or may not have been addressing Jackson.
Apparently McCoy and Maclin both feel like the current wide receiver group is getting along just fine without Jackson.
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