Eagles defensive end Jason Babin‘s snaps were cut in the team’s 31-17 loss to the Falcons, a decision Babin said came from Andy Reid, in order to give unproven, third-year defensive end Brandon Graham a shot at bringing down Matt Ryan.
In fact, the Eagles even tried using Cullen Jenkins on the left end at one point in the fourth quarter.
Babin, 32, said that if cutting his playing time was an attempt at motivating him, it wouldn’t work.
“To me, I have intrinsic motivation,” Babin said according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News. “External environmental activity is not going to affect my drive, my desire, my effort, how I go about my business. It’s not going to make me play harder. I’m giving you everything I’ve got already.”
“You know what, that’s the way it goes,” Babin said about his reduced playing time. “I’m going to bring my ‘A’ game every day. If that’s what coach wants to do, it’s his decision. He’s the boss. We’re struggling as a whole defensive line to get sacks, he’s just trying to figure out a way.
“Whether it is by design, or to motivate, you don’t know what his rationale is. I can’t get upset. I can’t get mad. I’ve got to keep working and be more productive.”
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