Lions Player: ‘We Made Them Tap Out’
You can call it a lack of effort.
Or, a lack of interest.
Either way, the Philadelphia Eagles did look disinterested for their second straight week as their season slowly slips away.
From coaches to players, media members continued to press the team on the perceived lack of effort displayed in Detroit on Thursday.
"Full effort has nothing to do with execution or how the game goes," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after the game. "Full effort is do you think everybody played hard, with the intention to win? I think the answer to that question is yes."
That same sentiment was echoed in the locker room from multiple players. The team is still giving maximum effort and the team fully supports head coach Chip Kelly.
One Detroit Lions player thinks not.
"We made them tap out," an unnamed Lions player told Albert Breer of the NFL Network. "Guys looked like they didn't want to play anymore."
The unnamed Lions player said this was most evident in the 3rd quarter which saw the Lions score two touchdowns and force a fumble on Mark Sanchez.
It doesn't take any of this to realize that the Eagles effort has not been the same the last three weeks of the season. The team blew a 16-3 lead against the Dolphins two weeks ago, followed by losing to the lowly Buccaneers and Lions by a combined score of 90-31.
The Eagles have a few days off before getting back to work on Tuesday to prepare for what should be their toughest game of the season: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro.
Now despite the media and fans calling for "abandoning Chip," the team sees itself rooting for the Washington Redskins on Sunday to remain one game out of first place.