“This is the only time in my life I have clinched the NFC, the No. 1 seed — you would think you would be pretty happy,” Eagles center Jason Kelce (above) said yesterday, “but obviously the performance the offense put together was frustrating to say the least.”
By Peter Gleason
And Kelce wasn’t the only Eagles stalwart who was questioning the team’s performance in Monday night’s life and death experience with the Cowboys, which the Birds squeaked out 19-10.
The Eagles’ offense put up just 13 points, 216 total yards and averaged only 3.5 yards per play on offense.
“We are not proud,” offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “We didn’t play well, didn’t execute well. Even though we won, we are still not happy with how we did. Moving forward into the playoffs, we have a lot of stuff to fix.”
“We weren’t able to get into a rhythm,” Johnson said, “something we have been able to do all year.”
Quarterback Nick Foles finished 19-of-38 for 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and he struggled to hit open receivers.
“I didn’t play good enough,” Foles said. “I have to play cleaner and, obviously, play better. Third down is a big thing with a quarterback; pin-point accuracy, making good decisions. I’ll look at the film, I’ll improve.”
“I feel (expletive). I got a higher expectation for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we won, everybody is happy that we won, but we have a standard for ourselves, especially me,” Kenjon Barner said about his coverage of a punt deep in the end zone. “That last punt return, I just didn’t get low enough. If I catch that clean, there is nobody there. There is literally nobody there. The return that we had called was wide open. I feel like based off of what I expect from myself, I feel (expletive). I’m happy that we won, and that is the main thing, but as an individual knowing what I am capable of and knowing what I want to achieve, I feel (expletive). Very, very, very, very (expletive).”
“We are going to play a lot better teams in the playoffs,” Kelce said, “and we going to have to play a lot better football.”