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What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

What they're saying about the Eagles

Andy Reid and the Eagles take on the Bills in Week 5. (Sarah J. Glover/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid and the Eagles take on the Bills in Week 5. (Sarah J. Glover/Staff Photographer)

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

And if you missed it from earlier Thursday, I posted Mike Check, breaking down Vick's performance against the 49ers and so far this season.

Ashley Fox of ESPN.com says the Eagles' problems are fixable:

Since 2000, Reid has a .680 winning percentage in regular-season games played from November on. If he can guide this team to a .500 record heading into the bye in Week 7, it can make a run at the NFC East. 

The Eagles have dug themselves a deep hole, but it is not too late to climb out of it. It starts Sunday at Buffalo.

ESPN.com's John Clayton thinks the Redskins are going to take the division:

For the record, I bought into the Dream Team, and, like the majority, I went with the Philadelphia Eagles. They won the offseason, and they had Michael Vick. 

Well, we're four weeks into the season, and we have to come up with alternatives. If I had to admit my Eagles pick wasn't right, I'm going to surprise you with the next option. Believe it or not, the Washington Redskins might win the NFC East.

The Eagles fell all the way to No. 20 in ESPN.com's power rankings:

Philadelphia will have to try to climb out of a 1-3 hole with consecutive road games at Buffalo and Washington.

SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles at No. 20 also:

Seems to me the Eagles have kind of forgotten who they are in going all-in for that elusive Super Bowl title. Andy Reid has always believed in building a team from the lines out, but this Philly roster is a bit hollow, with plenty of star power in the skill positions and not enough guys to do the dirty work up front. I concur with what Cullen Jenkins said after the loss to the 49ers: "If we don't win, we're just a bunch of talented people who haven't done anything, and there's a lot of teams like that."

Gil Brandt of NFL.com takes stock of every team at the quarter point of the season. Here's what he says about the Eagles:

They allowed a team-record 31 touchdown passes in 2010 and are on pace to give up 40 this season despite adding two Pro Bowl corners in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Asomugha has been a disappointment in his move to Philly. The Eagles also have weaknesses at linebacker and the middle of the offensive line. Relying on a rookie kicker, Alex Henery, really hurt them in the loss to San Francisco. Making the playoffs looks unlikely.

Jason Smith of NFL.com says not to count the Eagles out just yet:

They're still tinkering because they've only had two months together. And they're not accustomed to this amount of scrutiny. It's different when the pressure of an entire league is on you in a Super-Bowl-or-bust season. You have to figure out how to handle it. It's just going to take some time on both of those fronts. No one is going to run away with the NFC East. It will still be there Week 8 for the Eagles to hit their gear, and they'll win the division. They play at Buffalo this week and I think it's a chance to get away from home on a short road trip and get it together.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles at No. 20:

The 2011 Eagles are slowly but surely becoming the poster child for why building through free agency pales in comparison to building through the draft. All of a sudden, next week's road game in Buffalo -- marked down in the preseason as an easy "W" -- is a must-win situation. You can count on one hand how many 1-4 teams have recovered to make the playoffs.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 20th:

The Dream Team is turning into a Nightmare Team. Losing at home to the 49ers is not a good sign. Know any good kickers?

Mark Kriegel of FoxSports.com rips the Eagles for not running the ball on Sunday:

Michael Vick threw 46 times, as if Andy Reid had stolen Martz’s playbook. Call it another “4-6” defense. And while everybody wants to know what’s wrong with the NFL’s prematurely christened Dream Team, here you go, simple: LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown combined for 33 yards rushing.

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 19th in his power rankings:

It’s officially panic time in Philly. Beleaguered defensive coordinator Juan Castillo needs to use those gifted corners in more man responsibility and focus the other eight on stopping the run.


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