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Malcolm Jenkins responds to criticism of the Eagles celebrating takeaways in the Seahawks game

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Of all the things to complain about coming out of the Eagles’ loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, some fans have taken issue with Philadelphia’s defense celebrating a turnover, despite trailing on the scoreboard.

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Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins spoke with SportsRadio 94WIP’s Jon Marks and Ike Reese on on Monday afternoon and didn’t agree with the criticism.

“I don’t understand that feeling at all. We’re very much in the game, and we just got a takeaway in our own — in striking distance to score late in the game. I don’t know if we’re supposed to not have energy, or not, you know, believe we’re going to win. We’re going to keep the same energy whether we’re down or up.

We’re very much in that game. At no point in time did we feel like the game was completely out of reach. And so, why wouldn’t we have energy? Why would we be flat? Why would we — you know, we got another team who’s celebrating every chance they get, you know, in our house. How dare we let energy in an opponent.

So, I think it’s ridiculous that people are upset we’re still having fun playing the game, that we’re still celebrating and enjoying what we’re doing, even though we’re down.”

Sure, it might not be the best time to celebrate success, but Jenkins has a point about keeping their energy up despite the score. The defense has unquestionably been the bright spot for the Eagles the past couple of weeks — really, most of the season — and finally capitalized on their turnover opportunity after several missed chances against the Patriots.

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