By Peter Gleason
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz had a message for green-haired greenhorn cornerback Jalen Mills:
Shut up and play!
After the Eagles’ loss to the Ravens on Sunday, Mills second-guessed Schwartz, saying, “it wasn’t the coverage I wanted’’ on the play. When asked what coverage he would have preferred, he responded, “Just cover the guy that was in front of me.’’
Schwartz said today that he had a conversation with the rookie on yesterday, said: “We have a new system. I’m going to take the earpiece out of (middle linebacker) Jordan Hicks’ (helmet) and put it in Jalen Mills’, so Jalen can approve every call we make from now on.’’
Schwartz was clearly unhappy with him second-guessing the play call.
“I love the hell out of that kid,’’ he said. “He is a competitor. People talk about speed. People talk about ability to play the ball. To me, the No. 1 criteria to playing corner is you have to be a competitor. And he is.
“He’s given up some plays this year. He’s made some plays and given up some. But he’s never let it affect his psyche.
“At halftime, I told those guys, ‘Blame me for that call.’ The reason I said it was because I didn’t want them to play conservative in the second half. But the call wasn’t the issue there. It was the execution of the call. He understands that. He knows. We’ve talked. But I’ll stand behind Jalen Mills.’’