Sunday, October 27, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Seen, heard and otherwise observed in the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room after their 15-7 loss to the New York Giants.
Brent Celek was not a happy man: The tight end is among the longest-tenured Eagles and endured every minute of the decline of Andy Reid. So he knows bad losses when he smells one.
“I’m about as angry as you can be after a game,” Celek said. “I may not show it, but I’m not happy. It’s something that needs to be fixed. It’s embarrassing to be at home and to have that happen. It’s the 10th straight loss at home. The fans, they’re pissed. I would be pissed, too. It’s ridiculous.”
Quarterback Matt Barkley did not take many first-team reps in practice: Even though starter Michael Vick was playing on a balky hamstring, Chip Kelly didn’t have the rookie Barkley take extra snaps in practice.
“I didn’t get many,” Barkley said.
Kelly said it was a “Catch-22,” because Vick needed extra work after missing two games.
Barkley should have thrown the ball away instead of taking a sack and fumbling: That was clearly Kelly’s read on the crucial play from the Giants’ 2-yard line late in the first half. It was also fair to wonder why the coach had his rookie rolling out to his left instead of giving the ball to the NFL’s leading rusher, LeSean McCoy.
“That’s the play I called,” Kelly said. “It didn’t work.”