By Peter Brennan
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz wants you to know something:
Enough with the criticism of his wife Julie and the USA’s World Cup 13-0 win over Thailand.
was in a hurry to get done with practice Tuesday afternoon, the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson told Ertz to skip the afternoon meetings so he could go home and watch the game.
“It was fun,” Ertz said yesterday about Team USA’s 13-0 win over Thailand in its opening game.
“Hopefully all the games are like that. Not a lot of stress involved watching that game. All the hard work – they’ve been grinding – and to go out and execute like that, it was exciting to watch.”
And, yes, Ertz scoffed at the notion that the U.S. ran up the score, and the criticism that players were over-celebrating late goals.
“I’ve got a lot of thoughts on that,” Ertz began. “First of all, the first tiebreaker in the World Cup for the group stage is the goal differential. So it would be a crime for them to take the foot off the gas and then finish second in the group.
“Second, the best way to build team chemistry, and I think you guys saw that a couple years ago with us (during the Super Bowl season), was the way we celebrated with one another. And when you’re executing like that, and executing at a high level, the whole team gets excited. The whole team gets involved. And it’s really the best way to build chemistry because you see people so happy for another person’s success.”
That included Ertz himself. He knows how hard the team has trained since the last World Cup four years ago.