Jordan Mailata explains why he apologized to Eagles fans
The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line has been historically dominant in Week 15, leading the way to 238 rushing yards on 41 attempts. Several players on the Washington football team said they felt embarrassed after being kicked in the trenches.
Some people found it odd to see starting left tackle Jordan Mailata post an apology on Instagram for his performance. Sure, the Eagles had a rough start in the first half, but they put on a master class on how to demoralize an opponent after half time. But Mailata didn’t think she did her best.
“This first half was not my best effort. So I had the impression that it was a much needed apology ”, Mailata told reporters on Friday. “Sometimes I feel like the fans hold us to account as well, just as much as our O-line venue and our O-line coach. [Jeff Stoutland] and everyone on our O line. I just felt it was right to do it. It was just me speaking from the heart.
Mailata likely felt guilty about an offensive detention penalty he committed in the second trimester. Or maybe for his false start a few possessions later. The 365-pound Australian therefore apologized. Why? Because he felt he owed it to his teammates. And to the city of Philadelphia and its hard-working blue-collar fan base.
“I think it was because of Stout and because of [Jason] Kelce and because of Lane [Johnson], and the standard they set in this room, ”Mailata said. “I know during that first half I really felt like I was playing below the norm. And I owed it to the fans too.
“I think the only misconception with all the hate that we get from the fans, how the players interpret it as the fans hate us but they don’t. I think they’re just very passionate about being a hard worker. I know the only thing they respect is that you are giving your best and being a hard worker. That’s all you get at the end of the day.
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Mailata declares herself healthy, ready to go
Mailata missed back-to-back practices with an ankle injury ahead of the team’s Week 16 game. He was listed as “DNP” on the estimated training report after Thursday’s visit. Don’t worry about its status, however. Mailata gave a hilarious response when asked if he was playing against the New York Giants on December 26.
“Of course, mate,” Mailata said. “That’s a ridiculous question.”
The Eagles are just careful with their franchise left tackle. He told reporters he regularly sees team medics to stay abreast of the injury – only as a precaution.
“I just wanted to stay on top, do a little maintenance and let it sit,” Mailata said. “I think it was important that I get together with the medical staff and come up with a plan of action to move forward and they saw it was the best way and so we did it. and we still do. All I know is I’ll be ready for Sunday.
Not concerned about the pro bowl snob
Not seeing number 68 on the NFC Pro Bowl roster prompted Eagles fans. It was arguably the most glaring snub from football’s best offensive line. However, Mailata didn’t seem to care or even think twice about it. Honestly, the 24-year-old doesn’t feel like a Pro Bowl-caliber player at this point in his young career. Mailata was more pissed off that teammate Lane Johnson was being snubbed.
“I’ll be honest, man. I haven’t really thought about the pro Bowl snob ”, Mailata said. “I care more about Lane [Johnson]. I think Lane is one of the best tackles in this game and I know for myself if I look in the mirror I know I have a long way to go before I make these Pro Bowls.
“There is so much that I have to clean up, from my own tape. But there is one tackle that I took inspiration from and that is Lane. I just feel more for Lane in this regard than myself just because I know – no one knows my name but they will one day find out. I will continue to work hard. I know the sun is always shining, the checks are always clearing and I love to play for this city.
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