Eagles pass rusher Haason Reddick takes offense with Brian Baldinger for overlooking sloppy field conditions in Super Bowl LVII
It’s pretty obvious by now, but the Philadelphia Eagles had a rough defensive showing in Super Bowl LVII against the Chiefs.
Whether you want to blame officiating or the field that, according to Jordan Mailata, felt like playing on a water park, at the end of the game the Eagles simply didn’t do enough to get off the field and give Hurts and the offense a chance to win the game.
Jonathan Gannon’s defense failed to register a single sack, which after a regular season where they broke an NFL record with 70 total sacks, was obviously disappointing.
After the game, Brian Baldinger posted a video showing Haason Reddick getting roughed up after slipping on the ground.
The Eagles pass rusher took issue with Baldinger’s breakdown and responded on Twitter.
Several Eagles players, including Reddick, were asked about the field conditions following the game. None of them used it as an excuse since both teams had to play on it, but everyone admitted that the field was complete shit.
It was clear that the field affected the Eagles more so than the Chiefs. Per managing editor at The Gridiron Ollie Connolly, Eagles players slipped on 38 percent of Patrick Mahomes’ dropbacks Sunday night. On five occasions, multiple players slipped on the same play while pass rushing.
For the Chiefs, their pass rushers slipped on just 14 percent of Hurts’ dropbacks, and they never had more than one pass rusher slip on a given play.
Was Kansas City simply more prepared for these field conditions? The numbers would suggest it, but it’s hard to say with any certainty either way.
Nevertheless, it hurt the Eagles pass rush and played a factor on the biggest stage in the sport. Just another unfortunate circumstance that we’ll have to deal with in the aftermath of this Super Bowl loss.
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