Malcolm Jenkins hasn't played a game yet in the NFC East, but he's already creating a stir within his new division.
Appearing Monday night on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," Jenkins was asked about every team in the NFC East and he was quite blunt in his answers. Taking the role of analyst, Jenkins addressed the key issues of each team. Here's what he had to say, via Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com:
On the Cowboys
For all the highly-publicized December deficiencies of quarterback Tony Romo, Dallas' defense has steadily gotten worse each season for the past three years -- a big reason for the Cowboys' failure to meet expectations.
Dallas had a 14th-ranked defense in 2011, 19th in 2012 and dead-last 32nd in 2013.
"A couple years ago, their scapegoat was Rob Ryan, and they got rid of him, and he was the cause of all their problems," Jenkins said. "He went to New Orleans and took the worst defense in NFL history and turned them into a top-5 defense. So he couldn’t have been the problem.
"And then you look at this year, I had the best seat in the house when I watched the Saints get 40 first downs in one game. Forty. In one game. So it must be the players."
What did the Cowboys do to improve their league-worst defense? Not much, according to Jenkins.
"The offseason comes and you don’t do anything in free agency to get any big-name players to come help you out," Jenkins said. "So I really don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches."
On the Giants
Last season, New York couldn't keep Eli Manning upright and because of it, the Giants went 7-9 and missed the postseason.
Offensive line troubles resulted in Manning being sacked 39 times (only 10 quarterbacks were sacked more), throwing an NFL-worst 27 interceptions and posting a 35th-ranked quarterback rating (69.4) out of 37 qualified quarterbacks.
"I think the problem is he was sacked 39 times, a career high last year," Jenkins said. "If that continues, Eli’s best days are behind him. If they can protect him, then maybe, but it doesn’t look like it."
On the Redskins
Similar to the Giants, the Redskins went from NFC East champs in 2012 to missing the postseason in 2013 largely because of the struggles at the quarterback position.
After a standout rookie campaign, Robert Griffin III took a step back last season, as his numbers dropped across the board in his return from a torn ACL and LCL.
Health, again, and growth will be keys to Griffin and the Redskins.
"I think the biggest thing we're going to see is [Robert Griffin III] take that next step as far as the cerebral approach to the game," Jenkins said. "But the biggest concern I have with RG3 is, will he protect himself? And that's a thing he hasn't done early in his career.
"He scrambles, he gets those extra yards, he makes those throws out of the pocket, but takes a lot of unnecessary hits. We've seen the toll that has had on him.
"Last year he really wasn't himself, still trying to recover from that injury. Those kind of hits, when you talk about a QB, it's all about accountability and availability. He's very, very accountable, but availability is going to be an issue if he continues to play the style of football that he's used to."
Jenkins did say one good thing about his NFC East foes.
It was about DeSean Jackson joining division rival Washington. The Redskins' snagging the former Eagle caught his eye.
"Once he stayed in the division," Jenkins said, via NFL.com, "that's when a little bit of concern comes in."