Week 13 didn't go as the Philadelphia Eagles planned. The showdown with the San Francisco 49ers was supposed to be an NFC Championship Game preview. Instead, it was just downright embarrassing for Eagles fans as Kyle Shanahan's team went on to pick up the 42-19 blowout win in Philadelphia.
A lot of people criticized the Eagles' underwhelming performance, including team legend Seth Joyner. The former linebacker — who spent eight seasons with the franchise — placed a lot of blame on the cornerbacks, saying that they looked "disinterested" throughout the game.
One Eagles CB took exception to Joyner's words, but it's safe to say that things didn't go as he expected.
Eagles News: Fans Rip Darius Slay Following Seth Joyner Callout
After Slay accused Joyner of "talking out the side of your neck," Eagles fans came to the team legend's defense. Most of the Philly fanbase agreed with Joyner, saying that tackling was a problem and that the defense must be held accountable for giving up 42 points to the 49ers.
The 59-year-old was justified in calling out the Eagles' cornerbacks. After all, Philadelphia allowed Brock Purdy to complete 70.4% of his passes while averaging 16.3 yards per completion with only one broken-up pass and zero interceptions. That's without mentioning how Slay, as well as fellow CBs Eli Ricks and Bradley Roby, each finished with Pro Football Focus coverage grades of 58.4 or worse.
There also wasn't any reason for Slay to react the way that he did to the initial clip. Joyner didn't say anything wrong. The former Super Bowl Champion made a fair assessment of the team's tackling issues and all Slay needed to do was keep quiet before doing his best to prove Joyner wrong on the gridiron in Week 14.
Instead, it looks like 32-year-old veteran has thin skin.
Nevertheless, the interaction didn't end there. After Joyner clarified that he was only doing his job (a.k.a. analyzing the game), Slay did his best to backtrack on Monday morning by saying that while the Eagles struggled to tackle the 49ers, they weren't scared.
If Slay believes that, good for him. Maybe he wasn't scared, but he sure didn't look too interested in tackling Deebo Samuel during his second touchdown of the day.
Hopefully, Slay and the rest of the Eagles CB room spend a lot of time going over tape ahead of Sunday night's showdown against the Dallas Cowboys. Even if Philadelphia beat Dallas earlier this season, the Cowboys still average the 12th-most yards per completion and third-most passing yards overall.
In other words, the Eagles can't afford replicating Week 13's underwhelming effort.
For now, it appears as if Sunday Night Football will be an uphill battle for Nick Sirianni and Co. The Eagles are currently road underdogs to the Cowboys ahead of the upcoming tilt at AT&T Stadium.
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