The Philadelphia Eagles are not having a good night.
First, franchise quarterback Michael Vick was knocked out of the game with an apparent rib injury against the New England Patriots. Vick was taken to the locker room for x-rays and will not return this game.
On top of that, the Patriots and backup quarterback Ryan Mallett are shredding the Eagles, 11-0, in the second quarter. That would be by virtue of a two-point conversion after a touchdown.
And finally, head coach Andy Reid was caught by the ESPN camera having a heated exchange on the sidelines with defensive tackle/end Cullen Jenkins. The two had to be separated by defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
What was interesting was that Jenkins stood up to Reid–literally.
He was sitting when Reid started yelling at him and he stood up and began yelling right back in his head coach’s face. Who knows how long the shouting match would have lasted if Reid and Jenkins were not separated by Washburn?
Beat writers are reporting on Twitter that they have never seen Reid yell at one of his own players like that during a game. I sure haven’t seen it, and I haven’t missed a game since Reid became head coach.
Jenkins is an interesting choice too because the 31-year old is one of the vocal leaders on the defense. He’s also a borderline Pro Bowl starter. He’s not the first guy I would have picked to get in a shouting match with Reid. A guy like defensive tackle Derek Landri, who is always starting fights, would have been my choice.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.