Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Giants' Tuck: Eagles lack chemistry

The Eagles have had a bull's eye on their back all season, ever since their moves in free agency and Vince Young's "dream team" comment.

Giants' Tuck: Eagles lack chemistry

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Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck thinks the Eagles lack chemistry. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck thinks the Eagles lack chemistry. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Eagles have had a bull's eye on their back all season, ever since their moves in free agency and Vince Young's "dream team" comment.

After the 49ers beat the Birds, Frank Gore went on ESPN and indicated the Eagles quit.

After a loss against Buffalo, an unnamed Bills player said the same thing to Yahoo Sports.

And now, with a matchup against the Giants looming in two weeks, defensive lineman Justin Tuck has chimed in on what he thinks has gone wrong for the 3-5 Birds.

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"I think everybody expected a little bit more," Tuck said on The Jim Rome Show, via the New York Post. "I think with the talent they have on their football team, they can be one of the most dangerous teams in the league. When they put it together, the thing I was quoted saying is, 'You can’t buy championships.' And what I meant by that is, you've got to build chemistry.

"You can have all the talent in the world, [but] if you’re not out there playing as one, if you’re just 11 individuals, you're not gonna beat anybody in this league," Tuck added. "And I think right now that’s some of the issues that they’re having. Nobody can question how talented they are, nobody can question how good of a coach Andy Reid is. Everybody knows that. You need more than talent in this league, because every team has talent."

Tuck had one tackle, no sacks and no QB hits in the Giants' 29-16 win over the Eagles earlier this season. He indicated last month that Todd Herremans intentionally targeted his neck injury during the game.

With New York's win over the Patriots, the Giants have a three-game lead over the Birds in the NFC East.

The two teams square off in Week 11 (Nov. 20) in a Sunday night matchup.


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