Jason Babin hasn’t sacked a quarterback since Week 3 but came down hard Thursday on a faction of the fans at the Linc that vented frustration during the Eagles’ 30-17 loss Sunday to the Falcons.
Babin said some of the chants coming from the grandstands were beyond standard fan backlash that players typically hear during tough stretches. He felt compelled to question their loyalty on his Twitter account Wednesday.
“Really, I was speaking to ... during the game there was a good section of fans chanting some of the most vile things I’ve ever heard,” Babin said. “Not just at a football game, but in life, in general. Talking about attacking Coach (Andy Reid), talking about people’s wives and kids and chanting them. And I just thought there was no place for that in the NFL, none whatsoever.
“Just some of the foul things people were saying. Yeah, I’m gonna be protective of Coach Reid, Coach Wash and my teammates. It was upsetting that a few bad apples were chanting that kind of stuff, but what are you going to do?”
On his Twitter account (@JasonBabin93), the Pro Bowl left defensive end retweeted a post from his fan club that offered a dictionary definition of the word "loyalty."
The tweet appeared like this:
Part # 1: LOYALTY: loy·al·ty: noun, plural loy·al·ties: The state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
His follow-up retweet read:
Part # 2: There are 17 teams with the same record or worse than us. Thanks for being loyal fans.......We’ll get it right”
The Eagles have dropped three straight games and fallen to 3-4 with a big Monday night, season-rescuing showdown coming up against the Saints at the Superdome, one of the NFL’s most hostile arenas.
Babin had his snaps reduced against the Falcons as defensive end Brandon Graham saw an increase in workload, so he spent more time on the sideline than usual. Babin was asked if he should have just concentrated on the game and blocked out the abrasive remarks coming from the home crowd.
“Absolutely,” he said, “But if I could say just one of the things they were chanting, it’s way past bad, it’s foul.”
Babin, who has played for five different NFL teams, said the chants were worse than he’s ever heard.
“I’ve never heard -- listen, I don’t want to even repeat what I heard, it was that bad,” he said. “And I’ve got a pretty high threshold for adult jokes, to give you an idea of what they’re saying.”
Babin reiterated that they came from a small section of the fans but that they were harsh and loud enough to capture his attention.
“Yeah, like I said, it’s a few bad apples,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
E-mail Geoff Mosher at email@example.com