Recently released cornerback Orlando Scandrick was not happy about being cut from the Eagles, so during a television appearance on Friday, he took shots at everyone from respected safety Malcolm Jenkins to general manager Howie Roseman.
“Let’s just say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Scandrick said on FS1 when asked about the rumblings of locker room turmoil. “That locker room is different. I’d tell guys when I came there that I felt like they were still living off that Super Bowl high. It’s over. They’re living in the past.”
The 32-year-old was released by the Eagles on Monday after a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He said the move “felt kind of scapegoat-ish.”
“The problem in Philadelphia is much, much bigger than me,” Scandrick said.
His comments eventually made their way to Malcolm Jenkins and he did not mince words when he fired back at him.
“To know now that that’s kind of what was in your locker room, it feels good to know that it’s not here,” Jenkins said Friday. “Anybody that we have in here, we want to make sure that we have each other’s back. It’s a family. This team is very, very close. If you look around, I think everybody in here can trust one another. We feel like we have what it takes.”
Scandrick continued on the team by commenting on the state of the defense: “they’ve stuck together pretty good,” before adding that he believes “there’s some selfish people in that defense, though,” and made it apparent he was referencing Jenkins.
“I think Rasul Douglas — he’s a good friend of mine — I think he took some unwanted heat for some blown coverages on some other people’s selfish play. And we don’t even have to say names. They know who they are,” said Scandrick.
“I think when you wear a ‘C’ on your jersey, it’s your job to bring guys along. It’s your job. Sometimes you need to take the hard down, you need to take the hard job and you need to bring the thing together. I don’t know if that’s the case.
“You look at everything that happened. You hold out for a contract. You come in. You’re not really making any plays, like splash plays. Then you go down to Minnesota and you’re supposed to be in the half of the field and you end up playing a crosser? That’s not a rookie we’re talking about. It’s a two-time Super Bowl champ.”
Jenkins spoke on that as well:
“I really give two s—s about people who ain’t here,” Jenkins said Friday. “You ask anybody in the locker room who I am as a player, who I am to this team. I think one of the things he said is I didn’t take accountability for certain plays. Anybody that goes and looks at any of my comments, I immediately take credit for all of the mistakes I make.
“For us to move on as a team, we can’t have a m—–f—– like that in the room.”