On Friday morning, former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick ripped into Malcolm Jenkins and his former teammates in general. Not long afterward, Jenkins, a team captain, responded in kind.
Scandrick appeared on Fox Sports 1′s “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, and he unleashed a lengthy shade-throwing session against the team that released him on Monday.
Among the things Scandrick said is that the locker room has issues, and that Jenkins isn’t doing his job as a captain.
“I think there are some selfish players in that defense. Rasul (Douglas) took some unwanted heat for some blown coverages (against the Vikings) on others’ selfish play … We don’t have to say names but we know who they are … I think that when you wear a ‘C’ on your jersey (Jenkins is a captain), it’s your job to bring guys along. You need to take the hard job … You need to bring guys together. I don’t think that’s the case.”
During his locker-room availability with the local media Friday, Jenkins didn’t hold back in his response to Scandrick (h/t Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advanced Media).
“Look, I don’t really give two s**** about people who ain’t here. A lot of it was — you ask anybody in the locker room who I am as a player, who I am to this team. I think one of the things he said was I didn’t take accountability for certain plays, which, anybody who looks at any of my comments, I immediately take credit for all the mistakes I make. So, you know, for us to move on as a team, we can’t have mother******* like that in the room. And so, for us, I think we’re just excited we had a good week of practice. We feel good about the guys we got in the locker room and what we’re trying to move forward with — everybody taking their role serious. And, that’s what we’re focused on.”
For a guy who doesn’t “really give two s**** about people who ain’t here,” Jenkins seems to have some big feelings about what was said about him and his teammates.
Whether any of this helps the Eagles solidify what’s been an awful pass defense this year remains to be seen.