Cullen Jenkins is back on the market after two failed seasons with the ‘Dream Team’ Philadelphia Eagles. He becomes the fourth notable player the Eagles signed in the summer of 2011 who is already off the roster, with more likely to come in the next few days and weeks.
Cullen Jenkins joined Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia to discuss his release in Philadelphia, his time with the Eagles, the team’s struggles during his two years in Philly and the time in which he challenged head coach Andy Reid a little too aggressively.
On if he was surprised to learn of his release:
“I wouldn’t call it a shock but it’s a little surprising. I’ve been in the league long enough to know that the opportunity for it is there, especially with a new coaching staff, new schemes. They’re probably gonna go with the people they want to go or start off with, so you knew the possibility was there.”
On his experience in Philadelphia:
“It was rough. It was definitely a couple of the hardest years I’ve had in my career. Just so much expectations coming into a team that had such a great tradition and bringing in so many good players and people who they thought or were expected to perform and do well, and we weren’t able to accomplish anything. So it was definitely a disappointing two years.”
On why it didn’t work the last two years:
“We didn’t jell together enough. You can’t just always bring in a bunch of superstars — people who think they’re superstars. You gotta have players that just know their role and go along with that and just do whatever they can to help the team. We just didn’t jell the way that we needed to jell to be a successful team.”
On getting into Andy Reid’s face:
“It was unfortunate. That was one of the biggest things I regret in my time here, especially with all the things he had going on in his life at the time.”