Philadelphia Eagles safety CJ Gardner-Johnson woke up Wednesday and caused a stir with a tweet while listening to his former defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon explain how the team lost Super Bowl LVII to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gannon, who is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, was at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday and was asked what went wrong with the defense. Gannon said the team didn’t make the stops when necessary, instead taking responsibility for not making the right decisions.
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Gardner-Johnson had her own assessment.
«They didn’t put us in position to make plays,» he wrote, quoting 94 WIP Eagles reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter.
Gardner-Johnson would later delete the tweet and fire off another, saying «Going back to sleep.»
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Gannon expressed regret for not getting the job done as Philadelphia lost 38-35 to the Chiefs.
«Hard to swallow when you look back because it’s such a big stage and we didn’t do it for the city, for Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie, for Howie (Roseman) and for the head coach,» he said. . «But I learned a lot from that and you have to give Kansas City credit. Obviously, they could have done a much better job than we were doing.»
Gannon had the Eagles in the top 10 in key categories. The team was second in yards allowed and eighth in points allowed during the 2022 season. Philadelphia was the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and won its first division title since 2019.
He took over the Cardinals’ coaching job shortly after the Super Bowl loss.
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Gardner-Johnson, who joined the Eagles in the offseason before the start of the 2022 campaign, led the NFL with six interceptions in 12 games.