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January 18, 2019

Eagles' Fletcher Cox fires back against critics on Saints fake punt

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There's nothing like beating a dead horse after a narrow playoff loss.

While Philadelphia has been surprisingly coolheaded about last weekend's 20-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the national media this week placed a microscope on the Saints' galvanizing fake punt that occurred early in the first half of the game.

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The theory here is that the Saints specifically targeted defensive tackle Fletcher Cox because of a lackadaisical tendency they saw on his special teams film. A clip that takes some snaps from the wild card game against the Bears seems to show that Cox didn't charge full steam on a couple of punts.

Cox, who had a career year and led the team with 10.5 sacks, isn't having any of it. He responded on Twitter Thursday by blasting his critics.

As others have pointed out, Cox was triple-teamed on the play, anyway, and it took an additional push from Taysom Hill to pick up the first down. The fact is, the Eagles were beaten several times on fake punts over the course of the year. They never seemed fully prepared for them. 

There are a number of reasons why the Eagles lost to the Saints, but Fletcher Cox's effort isn't one of them.