Jason Kelce sees one big difference between this year’s team and last year’s Super Bowl squad.
While speaking with reporters following Wednesday’s practice, the Eagles center said the team’s lack of accountability is at the root of their struggles this season.
“The biggest thing you see in my opinion, this team (compared to) the last year, at least offensively, is the cohesion, people being accountable to the job that they’re asked to do, everybody being on the same page,” Kelce said, via the Delaware News Journal.
Kelce added: “I think that last year everybody worked together and did their job a lot more consistently than we’ve seen this year. And part of that’s because of all the injury shakeups, part of that is because we’ve had some personnel moves from last year. And I think as we continue to play and we continue to make improvements that should get better.”
The departures of veteran leaders during the offseason, including tight end Brent Celek, running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Torrey Smith, have left a sizable void.
But Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he met with his “leadership council” Wednesday morning, speaking with Kelce and safety Malcolm Jenkins following their loss to the Cowboys about how the team can move forward.
“I think they understand what’s in front of them,” Pederson said. “They know that the sense of urgency in practice. It’s not a panic or anything other than just a sense of urgency of understanding your job, doing your job, doing it collectively, and making sure that they just focus on one play at a time.
“I really do feel like they’re in a good place and they’re positive about the future.”
The Eagles (4-5) will try to get back on track but face an uphill battle when they visit the Saints (8-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.