Andy Reid, Cullen Jenkins dismiss shouting as heat of battle

It is impossible to say if a shouting match on the sideline between Andy Reid and Cullen Jenkins – and involving defensive line coach Jim Washburn – will be an issue moving forward for the Philadelphia Eagles.

But the parties involved did the best they could to tie a pretty bow on the matter Monday night, insisting it was just a matter in the heat of the moment that was captured by ESPN cameras that aren’t going to miss much be it on the field of play or next to it.

Jenkins, signed as a big free-agent addition a year ago, was captured with Reid shouting back-and-forth with one another. Washburn eventually got involved and the matter escalated very briefly.

"Listen, it's an emotional game," Reid said afterward, according to CSN Philly. "He was fired up. I was fired up. Those things happen. Cullen is my primary leader on that defensive line. I count on him for a lot of things. He was upset, and I was upset. We talked about it afterward, and we're OK.

"I put a lot of responsibility on our defensive line, and I put a lot of responsibility on our offensive line. I didn't necessarily think this was either one of their best performances. They picked it up after that point. They picked it up, and I thought they took charge the way that they're very capable of doing."

Jenkins did his best, as well, to put the incident in the past.

“It's football,” he said. “Football causes that. If you’re out there playing, you’ve got to be emotional. It was nothing. Nothing was addressed. It's an emotional game, and sometimes you need that spark and especially now in the preseason.

“I'm a real competitive person, and when I get out there, I want to win regardless. It wasn't anything directed at anybody or personal like that. It wasn't anything about a specific play. It was through the game. We've got a short window on where we need to be as a team, and we need to come out, and I don't care if it's preseason or not, we need to play like it. We can't come out flat.”

The starting defense looked flat and sloppy against Patriots third-string quarterback Ryan Mallett. The hope is no divide builds between Reid and Washburn. Players and coaches yell at one another during games regularly. You don’t see coach-on-coach crime as often.

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