Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/16/12
Never one to shy away from verbal jousting, Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel on Tuesday spiced up the subplot for the Falcons meeting at Philadelphia, his former team, on Oct. 21, with Twitter posts in response to the Eagles firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. After the Eagles traded the four-time Pro-Bowler in the offseason for a seventh-round pick, Samuel took exception to comments written in a blog post on the Web site of The Philadelphia Inquirer that said Eagles coach Andy Reid believed Samuels skills were in steep decline. Perhaps emboldened by an interception that he returned 79 yards for a touchdown in the Falcons 23-20 win over Oakland Sunday, Samuel used his verified Twitter account (pick_six22) to point a few zingers in Reids direction: Im just saying... Aint no decline over here and Sometimes you have to blame yourself. You cant try and always point the figure sic at someone else. This will be the fourth meeting in four seasons between the two NFC opponents with the Eagles winning handily in 2009 and 10 and the Falcons earning a wild victory last season in which they knocked Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick from the game. Ever since Vick, the former Falcons star whose 04-05 Atlanta team lost in the NFC Championship game at Philadelphia, went to play for Philadelphia in 2009 following his release from federal prison on dogfighting charges, the teams games have taken on the feeling of a rivarly. After Sundays win over the Raiders, Samuel began to ratchet up the talk for the Eagles game, which will come after both teams finish their bye weeks. Philly, they love me, he said. Theyre going to scream when I come out that tunnel. Philly, yall better scream when I come out that tunnel. The Eagles (3-3) are badly in need of a win against the NFL-leading Falcons (6-0). This week, Reid has contemplated changes, which some suspect might include Vick, who has eight interceptions to eight touchdowns and nine fumbles, including five lost. Including the regular season and playoffs, Samuel has 10 interceptions returned for a touchdown, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2003. He has 46 career interceptions, including the one this season.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Grading the deal: Celtics, Cavs trade Kyrie and Isaiah Thomas

Jon Jones tests positive for steroids, reportedly stripped of title

Report: Bills have not made LeSean McCoy available in trades

Emmanuel Sanders involved in car accident on way to team facility

Old Isaiah Thomas tweet about LeBron goes viral following trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Reports: Cavs, Celtics complete trade involving Irving, Thomas

Report: Smaller-market teams support Pacers in tampering case against Lakers

Report: MRI confirms ankle sprain for Odell Beckham Jr.

Jason Garrett indicates Ezekiel Elliott could play this week

Chuck Pagano: Still no timeline for Andrew Luck’s return

VIDEO: 13-year old little leaguer hits massive homer at Braves stadium

The 'When the Doctor took the Big Apple by storm' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline: Calls routed from 1-900-MIX-A-LOT

The Indians are on a mission to make you pay attention whether you want to or not

15 college football coaches who are on the hot seat

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

Box Score 8/18: Reds and Cubs claw through a 23-run game

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

BIG3 Referee Hotline: Calls routed from 1-900-MIX-A-LOT

The 'When the Doctor took the Big Apple by storm' quiz

The Indians are on a mission to make you pay attention whether you want to or not

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker