Scandrick Takes Aim at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Don't expect a third tour of duty for Orlando Scandrick with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The veteran cornerback, who was released earlier this week, took aim at the organization while appearing on FS1's "Undisputed" on Friday morning.
Among those in the crosshairs were general manager Howie Roseman and defensive leader Malcolm Jenkins.
“I don’t believe anything that Howie says," Scandrick said when discussing Roseman, the man responsible for cutting Scandrick on Monday. "Howie is one of those people that if they told me it was raining outside, I’d probably get some shorts just in case. He put it to me as they wanted to play younger players, they’re a mess on defense and then need to get more defensive linemen, so we’ll see how that works for them up in Buffalo.”
The wide-ranging discussion with former NFL player Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless often prodding Scandrick touched on a host of issues, including the recent release of Zach Brown.
"Zach Brown goes out and says ‘we need to put it in our [actually Krk Cousins] quarterback’s hands,’ he gets released," Scandrick said. "The head coach goes out says ‘we’re going to go out to Dallas and we’re going win and be in first place.' Should he get released?”
Scandrick seems to believe the Eagles are having trouble dealing with the success of a Super Bowl LII win back in February of 2018 and have become rather complacent.
“I think they’re having a tough time dealing with success," he said. "Whenever you’ve got to say ‘Oh, we’re going to get it together,’ ‘Oh, no one believes in us,’ ‘Oh, it’s about us.'"
According to Scandrick, the Eagles' "locker room is different."
"I would tell guys when I came in there they were still living on that Super Bowl high," he said "... at this rate, what’s going on there it’s not just going to fix by everyone saying ‘we‘re all going to stick together’ ... there are some issues going on there."
One of the issues from a defensive perspective in selfishness in Scandrick's mind.
“On defense, they have stuck together pretty good," he said. "But I think there’s some selfish people on that defense. Rasul Douglas, who is a good friend of mine, he took some unwanted heat for some blown coverages on some other people’s selfish play. And we don’t have to say names at all. They know who they are.”
Scandrick, with the help of Sharpe and Bayless, then made it clear he was discussing Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins.
“When you wear a 'C' on your jersey, it’s your job to bring guys along,” Scandrick said. “Sometimes you need to take the hard down, you need to take the hard job, and you need to, like, bring the thing together. I don’t know if that’s the case. Look at everything that happened -- you hold out for a contract [Jenkins sat out optional OTAs, did not hold out], you come in, you’re not really making any splash plays and you [blow the coverage]. That’s not a rookie we’re talking about here, that’s a two-time Super Bowl champ.”
As for The Carson Wentz/Nick Foles dynamic, Scandrick admitted pockets of the so-called 'Foles-ian Society" still live in the locker room but stood up for Wents.
“There’s a ton of pressure on [Wentz). But let’s start here: Nick Foles is not walking through that door ... Are there still people in that locker room that would still want Nick? Yeah, but that’s not a knock on Carson."
"I love Carson, I thought he was a great guy. I thought he was stand-up," Scandrick assessed.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen