Brown explains why his tackling effort looked so weak originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
It certainly wasn't A.J. Brown's fault when Jalen Hurts made a bad decision and tried to squeeze a late pass into a non-existent window, resulting in a first-quarter interception by the Jaguars.
But it might've been Brown's fault that the interception wound up in the end zone.
Andre Cisco returned the interception 59 yards to put the Jags up 7-0 early in Sunday's game, but upon further review it seems Brown had quite an opportunity to prevent the score during the INT return.
Watch the replay below and decide for yourself:
It sure seems like Brown had a pretty good chance to tackle Cisco, or at least try to tackle Cisco, at the 45-yard line and just... didn't?
Eagles fans were none too pleased with the effort:
A.J. Brown has some explaining to do about this âpursuitâ pic.twitter.com/ahJcHmzkN0
— ððð§ ðð¨ðð¡ð (@RochesRWinners) October 2, 2022
FEEBLE effort to tackle by AJ Brown on that interception return. Come on man.
— Mike Missanelli (@MikeMiss25) October 2, 2022
Poor decision by Hurts throwing that ball, but AJ Brown's lack of effort on the return was even more worrisome. He had an easy chance to make a tackle and pulled up.
— Tucker Bagley (@TBagleySports) October 2, 2022
— kev (@kevtaddei) October 2, 2022
AJ Brown two inches from the guy didnât even attempt to tackle
— Kyle (@kylepaganCB) October 2, 2022
what was aj brown doing????
— drew (@Dcorrigan50) October 2, 2022
AJ Brown with a 7-pt business decision there
— Casey Feeney (@caseyfeeney66) October 2, 2022
inexcusable lack of a tackle attempt by AJ Brown there
— Jamie Lynch (@jelynchjr) October 2, 2022
AJ Brown simply didnât feel like making the tackle pic.twitter.com/W4SD1lCY4v
— roneâs gamblin corner (@rone) October 2, 2022
Maybe there's something we're all missing here, but it sure seems like Brown is gonna have to explain that one.
UPDATE: He explained it!
Brown took to Twitter after Sunday's win and offered up an explanation, and a mea culpa, about the play:
Lack of effort : No (never)
Bad decision: yes lol
My thought process was to strip the ball and get it back because defensive guys donât know how to carry the ball but I got blocked . Iâll just tackle him next time lol forgive me pic.twitter.com/VyYaHIhsYD
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) October 2, 2022
Got it. I like the thought process - getting the ball back would've indeed been clutch right there - but sometimes you just have to make the smart play, get the guy down, and move on to the next one.
Respect to A.J. for owning what he admitted was a "bad decision" and also for asking for forgiveness from the fans. The guy seems to get it.
Also, as long as he's putting up stat lines like he did on Sunday and continues to ball out, fans are going to be very willing to forgive just about any mild transgression. Brown has 25 catches for 404 yards and a TD through four games and has looked like one of the most dominant wideouts in the NFL.