Despite INT, Malcolm Jenkins takes blame for Eagles defense

Malcolm Jenkins was the one player who stepped up for the Philadelphia Eagles defense in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins.

With the Eagles trailing 14-7 in the second quarter, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins faced pressure on a 1st-and-10 and forced a pass to his left. There was Jenkins ready to pounce. Jenkins jumped the route and took the interception 64-yards for the touchdown to get the Eagles back in the game at 14-14.

The Pro Bowl safety made the only play for an Eagles defense that was devoid of them in Sunday's loss, but Jenkins wasn't going to sit back and boast about that play. Not when the Eagles defense couldn't get off the field and allowed a season-high 492 yards.

"I don't know if there's any area you'd feel really good about (Sunday)," Jenkins said. "The runs were really leaky, tackling wasn't that great, coverage wasn't that great, the pass rush," Jenkins said. "We have a lot to get done, and I think the penalties and the self-inflicted things, detailing our fits in the run . . . those are the things to start with."

Philadelphia's defense allowed 230 rushing yards in the loss, including a 57-yard run to Matt Jones off the left end on 3rd-and-7 that sealed the win. Jones's run capped a poor defensive showing from an Eagles defense that allowed just 267 yards per game, including just 73.3 on the ground.

In addition to the poor run defense, the Eagles also committed 13 penalties for 114 yards. Seven of those penalties were on the defensive side of the ball, which resulted in 59 yards. 

Jenkins deemed himself responsible for the Eagles poor showing, specifically on the two touchdown passes he allowed. The first was Jamison Crowder's 16-yard score (a play Jenkins was beat on) and Vernon Davis's 12-yard score, one which Jenkins said was a miscommunication in the secondary. 

Jenkins is one of the leaders on the Eagles defense, No matter what good he did for the team, it's not good enough unless the Eagles end up getting the win.

The last two weeks that hasn't been the case. Jenkins will take the blame, starting with his performance.

"There's a lot of things I could take back, " Jenkins said. "Big plays, missed tackles. A lot of things that everybody will look at and want to take back. I don't think I played that well."

 

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