Aglohor’s comments not amusing
PHILADELPHIA >> Except for that game-breaking touchdown catch in the opener, Eagles veteran Nelson Agholor hasn’t done much to distinguish himself in the wide receivers room.
Subtract that play and the 2014 first-round draft pick out of Southern California has 20 receptions for 181 yards (9.0 average). Running back Darren Sproles is averaging 10.3 yards on 22 grabs.
Agholor still is better known for what he’s done off the field. In June he was accused of assaulting a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen Club in South Philly. The District Attorney determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Agholor.
Following the Eagles’ 29-23 overtimes loss to the Cowboys, Agholor didn’t appreciate being asked about dropped passes. Some of his answers were graphic. Doug Pederson wasn’t amused. “Well, it’s obviously … we’re disappointed,” Pederson said. ‘I’m disappointed in the type of comments. I think each individual has to be responsible for their own job, obviously, and we’ve got to make good, smart choices. Everybody’s mad and disappointed
and angry after tough losses like we just came through, and cooler heads prevail. We just have to bite our lips sometimes and just suck it up and get to work.
“That’s what we’ve got to do this week.”
The quote sheets distributed after the game don’t do Agholor any favors. He dropped a throw that hit him in the hands inside the 10-yard line of the Cowboys. The Eagles wound up kicking a field goal.
“I don’t give a damn, man, that (stuff) is nothing,” Agholor responded to an inquiry about dropped throws. “You just have to make the next one. Everybody runs routes. Sometimes they are contested. Sometimes you drop them. If you make as many as you possibly can that come your way, you’ll put yourself in a good position. No one is perfect. I don’t look at no drops, or that type of [stuff]. I’m tired of hearing that [stuff]. It’s just stupid. We play football. I dropped the first one. I didn’t drop one after that. What does
it matter? Because if we lose, then it’s like we’ll place blame on this person did this. No! As a team, we have a responsibility to win football games and I get it. Some plays could have helped. But there are still four quarters of football to be played and we got to win. I don’t got time for that no more. I got time to win football games, only. No statistics. No, who did this. Win, that’s all that matters. That’s what coach staff cares about. That’s what I care about. That’s what we all care about – winning football games.”
Agholor had three catches worht 25 yards in his four targets by quarterback Carson Wentz. Jordan Matthews caught a careerhigh 11 of 14 passes thrown him, good for just 65 yards. Matthews leads the Eagles with 36 receptions and four dropped passes.
Dropped passes and fumbles by the running backs have been the story of the season for the offense. Running back Wendell Smallwood’s fourthquarter fumble Sunday helped turn the game around for the Cowboys. who scored 16 unaswered points. He got the nod
partly because running back Ryan Mathews fumbled in each of the previous two games.
“I think you can definitely move the dial and you can move it in a positive direction,” Pederson said. “I think you just have to continue to show confidence in that player. The second you don’t I think is when bad things – more negative things – can happen that to individual. Listen, we go to work every single day with the guys we have and we just keep fighting through them. There is a lot of football left. There’s a lot of season left. Just like I told the guys after the [game], ‘You’re still a good football team. You’re a great football team. You proved it. You proved it again last night. You went toe-totoe with one of the best teams in the NFL and you’ve proved that you can … You’ve just got to eliminate the mistakes; you eliminate the assignment errors; you eliminate the turnovers; make the pick when you get the opportunity to make it – those types of things. Those things will help us win games down the stretch.