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Why Jason Kelce blames himself for early Eagles’ breakdowns in opener

Why Jason Kelce blames himself for early breakdowns in opener originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Even future Hall of Famers can have off days.

And Jason Kelce placed a lot of the blame for the Eagles’ early offensive line protection issues in Detroit Sunday squarely on himself.

“It was a good environment by Detroit, but it’s nothing we haven’t played in before,” Kelce said Friday. “We have to do a better job and that starts with me.”

The Lions blitzed a ton Sunday, and the combination of those extra rushers and extreme crowd noise left the Eagles out of sorts for much of the first half.

The Eagles still scored 38 points – 31 of them on offense – but a lot of that was Jalen Hurts turning jailbreaks into big plays with his legs.

“It’s going to be loud,” Kelce said of road games. “We have different ways of communicating in environments like that, and I didn’t take advantage of the different tools to do that, which led to some problems, especially early on.

“That’s an emphasis for us. Obviously, we’ll be home this week, but the Linc can get pretty loud too. So you’ve got to be ready to make sure everybody’s on the same page. I think if you look at the o-line, when we were on the same page, there really wasn’t much (negative) going on in the game and for the most part guys were able to do their jobs physically.

“I think it’s really just the communication aspect, and that’s mostly my job.”

It’s unusual hearing Kelce talk like this.

After all, he’s one of only nine four-time 1st-team all-pro centers in NFL history – and the eight others are in the Hall of Fame.

But he’s nothing if not accountable. And he said there was some intense film study this week as the Eagles work to avoid a repeat of Sunday’s communication breakdowns in a national TV prime-time game Monday night against the Vikings at the Linc.

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“We know very much that that game could have been lost,” Kelce said. “I think everybody…


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