Philadelphia, PA – One of many embarrassing moments from yesterday’s horrendous Eagles loss is raising the ire of Philadelphia fans on social media.
Tight-end Zach Ertz, who has garnered a reputation this season as being soft, was seen jumping out of the way, instead of trying to block, from a Bengals linebacker who was closing in on a scrambling Carson Wentz.
The play has made the rounds on Twitter, with several fans and pundits calling for Ertz to at least attempt a block instead of jumping in between two pursuing linebackers who were looking to bring down Wentz during the drive.
After the 32-14 defeat, Ertz faced the media and had a legitimate reason for why he didn’t attempt a block of either would-be tackler.
“I felt it was in the best interest for the team if I conserved my energy on that play. He got out of bounds, he was fine, and I needed to rest for the remainder of the game,” he said.
When asked what he was conserving his for, Ertz had this to say:
“Do you know how difficult it is to catch a perfect thrown pass and then immediately collapse to the ground after the slightest bit of contact? I’ll tell you, it takes a lot. Going to the ground after being brushed slightly by a cornerback who weighs 60 pounds less than you do, not fighting at all for the yards after catch that makes the elite tight-ends in this league successful, and then getting back up ready to do it all over again takes a lot of work, ok? So just back off.”
Ertz pointed to his garbage time touchdown, bevy of garbage time catches and receiving yards as a reason he should be considered one of the best tight ends in the league.
“Gronk doesn’t go down after the slightest breeze, and look where he is now…he’s hurt. Any fan would tell you they’d much rather have a healthy Zach Ertz than a hurt Rob Gronkowski. 100%,” he said.
At press time, Ertz was lying face down in his locker after a facility attendant accidentally bumped into his foot.