Eagles' Reid, Jenkins discuss sideline dustup


Eagles' Reid, Jenkins discuss sideline dustup

FOXBORO - Undisciplined Eagles? Pretty much.

During a sloppy and torturous game, the Eagles committed 22 penalties (16 were accepted by New England), yet escaped with a 27-17 win thanks in part to the fact New England played the back half of its roster.

Twice on a New England touchdown drive, Philly drew third down penalties wiping out a pick and a sack.

But all the lack of control on the field paled in comparison to a sideline confrontation between head coach Andy Reid and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. The two went nose-to-mustache during the first half in a scene that seemed very uncomfortable.

Former Eagle Ike Reese tweeted about the dustup, saying, "That's NOT a good sign, I've never seen Andy Reid disrespected like that by one of his players. This guy(97) is SUPPOSED to be a LEADER."

After the game, both men dismissed it as heat-of-the-moment intensity bubbling over.

"It's an emotional game," said Reid. "He was fired up; I was fired up. Those things happen. Cullen's my primary leader on the defensive line so I count on him for a lot of things. He was upset; I was upset. We talked about it afterwards and we are OK."

"It's football," said Jenkins. "Football causes that. If you're out there playing, you've got to be emotional. ... It's an emotional game and sometimes you need that spark and especially now in the preseason."

How will this impact the Eagles over the long haul? Probably not that much. It's a veteran team that had a flat night against the Patriots' second-string. Things got pushed to the edge and then were talked away. There will likely be no more sideline rancor.

Or nights when 22 flags fly. But on this night, it happened. And it was a strange sight to see unfold.

Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language


Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

When Kyle Van Noy was traded to the Patriots in late October, he had a lot to learn. He needed to understand the layout of his new team's maze-like facility. He needed to adjust to a new locker room. He needed to adapt to a new home. 

He also had to become fluent in a new language.

The former Lions 'backer was inactive for two weeks before he was comfortable enough with the Patriots system -- and the coaching staff was comfortable enough with him -- to get on the field. He played 29 snaps against the Niners in first game with his new club, then saw 28 plays against the Jets. On Sunday he saw his role expand as he played 40 of a possible 51 plays, which was more than Shea McClellin (38) or Dont'a Hightower (33). 

"Kyle has done a great job of working really hard to acclimate to what we’re doing, and he has had to learn really fast as far as the system, the communication, the language," said defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on a conference call Tuesday. "It’s like when you go to a different system, offensively or defensively, a lot of times it’s just learning the vernacular and the verbiage . . . That’s a big part of it. Then getting more familiar with that kind of terminology and the communication is critical because there’s a lot of calls and adjustments, things like that that we’ve got to do on the field."

Van Noy was making some of those calls himself on Sunday as he wore the green dot on his helmet when Hightower was on the sidelines. Even with the added responsibility, Van Noy was able to play freely enough that he put together what might have been the best game of his three-year career. 

Used at the end of the line of scrimmage as well as in a more traditional off-the-line linebacker role, Van Noy was effective in defending both the pass and the run: He stuffed three Rams rush attempts, he recorded a quarterback hit that led to an incompletion, he drew a holding call, and he recorded an athletic interception when he tracked a wobbling Jared Goff pass that floated over the middle after Jabaal Sheard hit Goff's arm as the rookie released his throw.

After several of his stand-out plays, Van Noy was visibly excited on the field and later on the sidelines. It was the culmination of six weeks of work, learning as much as he could from a coaching staff that was eager to teach him. 

"He’s extremely prideful in his work and his approach to the game," Patricia said. "He’s very cerebral. He’ll ask a lot of questions. He really wants to understand what we’re doing and why, which is great. We’re trying to give him those answers and insight into kind of where some of this either came from or developed or situations like that so that’s really good."