Philadelphia Eagles Great Tra Thomas Blames Jason Kelce for False Start Penalties

by Quentin Blount

In a game with the playoffs on the line, the Philadelphia Eagles committed 12 total penalties for 115 yards in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys.

It was an incredibly sloppy performance that included six false starts from the Eagles’ makeshift offensive line. However, the Eagles’ former three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tra Thomas had a different opinion after he had the chance to break down the film.

The former pro-bowler spent 11 years wearing midnight green for the Eagles and definitely knows a thing or two about offensive line play. After he took a look at the game film on Monday, Thomas thought All-Pro center Jason Kelce was to blame for the pre-snap miscommunications leading to the false starts.

Thomas pointed out that four of the six penalties were all on Kelce who snapped the football too late.

“Here are the 6 False Starts from yesterday,” Thomas wrote on Twitter. “The volume and rhythm of the cadence had nothing to do with it. #TRENCHTALK”

However, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that the team still is still adapting to Jalen Hurts’ cadence at the line of scrimmage. Pederson made note of Hurts’ and his teammates adapting to the rookie’s voice while mentioning crowd noise as a possible factor. There were approximately 30,000 fans at AT&T Stadium on Sunday cheering on the Cowboys despite COVID-19 restrictions in other cities like Philadelphia.

“Some of it’s the different cadence. Getting used to Jalen’s voice,” Pederson told reporters after the game. “It’s something that we coach him up to be better at. To obviously be louder. It was the first time with crowd noise, but that wasn’t really a factor today. It’s something that, it can’t happen.”

Philadelphia Eagles Doug Pederson ‘Fully Confident’ in Job Security

In a critical city like Philadelphia, Pederson has been dealing with questions about his job security for the entire second half of the season. And now that the Eagles have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, the questions are heating up even more. While speaking to reporters, Pederson would not say whether he’s been given any assurances from team owner Jeffery Lurie. However, the head coach remains confident he’ll be back in Philadelphia in 2021.

Pederson made not of his record as the team’s head coach. At 42-36-1, Pederson also has three playoff appearances in five years. That’s in addition to a Super Bowl win, which he made sure to point out. The 52-year-old coach also hinted at wanting to be more involved in the personnel department going forward.

“I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021,” Pederson told SportsRadio 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi. “The thing I’m most proud of this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I’ve been here and that’s pretty good. We have won a championship here. There is always going to be evaluation in the offseason and my job is evaluated as well. I fully expected to be the coach next season. I welcome the opportunity to get things right, get things fixed and take this team into next season.”