I think the Eagles made a good move this afternoon by signing their Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins to a new five-year deal. Jenkins is one of the best football players on their roster, plus he’s one of their leaders. He doesn’t just talk, but he plays well and talks. Words become hollow if you’re not backing up your talking with some good playing.
Jenkins is a winner. His younger teammates need to emulate his work and study habits. The former New Orleans Saints prepares properly and shows up every week ready to play, both emotionally and mentally.
I see him jump plays early in the game, which demonstrates that he’s studied the tendencies of the opposing offense. Jenkins plays smart attacking football, which is what it takes to win.
If I were running things up at the Nova Care Complex, I would give Jenkins more ownership of the football team, by encouraging him to take this football team in the direction he thinks it needs to go. I would have no problem with him pushing some of his young teammates to a higher level. If Jenkins decided to chew out a teammate or two, that would be a good thing. He could even push a teammate by giving the certain quote to the media to get a teammate to play like he is capable of playing.
Jenkins is a good guy to have around quarterback Sam Bradford, who needs to be a stronger leader. Jenkins is a very intelligent and observant person, who knows what Drew Brees brought to the table to lead the Saints to a Super Bowl title. He can let Bradford know he must get hungrier, better, stronger and more aggressive, if he wants to do the same.
I’ve learned that many times, certain things need to said by one of the leaders on the team rather than the coach, in order for it to take hold on a football team. The players have to decide that it’s something that want to commit to doing.
Jenkins and other Eagles might be able to push increase the commitment by the players to win. Who knows they may be able to get Bradford to live up to his potential.