Malcolm Jenkins may be new to the NFC East, but he’s got the rivalry aspect down pat.
During an appearance on NFL Network, Jenkins, who signed a three-year contract with the Eagles last month, touched on his new divisional opponents.
The veteran safety’s comments were relatively benign; he questioned Robert Griffin III’s durability and the Giants’ ability to protect Eli Manning.
But when it came to the Cowboys’ ineffectual defense, Jenkins let his tongue loose.
“A couple years ago, their scapegoat was Rob Ryan, and they got rid of him, and he was the cause of all their problems,” Jenkins said, via ESPN.com. “He went to New Orleans and took the worst defense in NFL history and turned them into a top 5 defense. So he couldn’t have been the problem.
“And then you look at this year, I had the best seat in the house when I watched the Saints get 40 first downs in one game. Forty. In one game. So it must be the players.”
Jenkins’ points are certainly blunt, but also particularly credible.
Last season, Dallas’ defense finished last in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed. In the game Jenkins referred to, the Cowboys surrendered 49 points, 625 yards (a Saints’ franchise record), and the aforementioned 40 first downs, an NFL record.
Making matters worse, Big D lost top pass-rushers DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher this offseason, further weakening an already sieve-like unit.
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