Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce had some strong words for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips after a controversial moment between Phillips and one of Kelce’s fellow offensive linemen during their game Sunday.
The NFL veteran was anything but shy about his feelings toward Phillips.
Jason Kelce: ‘I Thought It Was Bull***t’
Kelce’s point of contention stemmed from a 4th-and-1 play late in the first quarter of the teams’ meeting this past Sunday.
The Eagles lined up for the quarterback sneak play they typically use in those short-yardage situations, with QB Jalen Hurts under center and two players behind him to push him forward. Phillips then made his move across the line of scrimmage before the ball was snapped and drove Eagles offensive lineman Cam Jurgens into the ground.
Phillips was flagged for encroachment on the play but did not receive a personal foul penalty that Kelce felt he deserved when discussing the matter on the WIP Morning Show podcast.
Kelce acknowledged that teams are “really trying to stop that play” and likely bringing an additional “level of toughness” to try and stop Philadelphia’s often successful use of the formation. Still, he felt Phillips’ actions on the play went farther than should be allowed in not pulling up from his move on Jurgens.
“I thought it was bull***t at the time, I really did, and I said so to the official on the field,” Kelce said.
“I’ve been running that play for a lot of years. I have seen people jump offside. He made zero effort to stop after he jumped offside. He purposely tried to hurt Cam Jurgens. I thought it should have been a personal foul, and I think he should be fined for that play.
“I don’t know what happened that got him that fired up, but I thought that play in particular was a disgrace that the NFL should not allow.”
Tensions were high throughout the contest as the two teams exchanged the lead on multiple occasions in a hard-fought battle that came down to the Eagles’ game-winning touchdown in overtime to take it 37-34.
The game also featured plenty of penalties, including 11 for 80 yards against Buffalo and four for 30 yards against Philadelphia.
Kelce felt the officials not calling a personal foul against Phillips for his incident with Jurgens led to an escalation of plays between the two teams for the remainder of the game.
“I thought the officials did not do a good job officiating that play,” Kelce said. “I really didn’t. That was so clearly not an offside; that was a personal foul. It should have been stipulated right from that moment. Because they didn’t call that, you saw things happen throughout the rest of the game.”
Kelce’s comments toward the officials could potentially result in a fine, as criticism of referees often is met with financial punishment. It’s unclear at this time whether he will see the same fate.
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