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What they're saying: Same old Andy

Here's our weekly look at links that talk about the Eagles around the Web. As always, for your best local coverage, check out philly.com's Eagles section and blogs Birds' Eye View and Eagletarian. SI.com's Dr. Z has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings: The game was close but they never appeared to be in it. They seemed to be a bit behind the Giants in all departments -- smaller, slower, not quite as tough. Still a good team, but not heavyweight championship material. FoxSports.com says Andy Reid is incapable of change: Give him credit for becoming the most successful head coach in Eagles history. That said, when a coach and franchise continue to make the same mistakes, the word "great" should not be used in the description. Seemingly every year since the NFC East revived after Philly's Super Bowl run in 2004, Andy Reid's pass-happy teams have been plagued by an inability to grind out tough yards on the ground, manage the clock, play well enough in the red zone or shut down power running games. In each of the past two seasons, the Eagles' front office (led by Reid) has been in denial with his team — believing it was just a few bad breaks away from a Super Bowl contender. But since 2004, the Eagles are 29-28 with just one winning season. Reality check: The Eagles are 5-4, including 0-3 in the rugged NFC East. SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles 10th in his power rankings: I'm stunned, as was John Madden, that the Eagles twice ran the ball with three yards to get for a first down at the two-minute warning, down 36-31 to the Jints. Brian Westbrook struggled for two on third down, then got stoned on fourth down. You're not a power-running team, Andy Reid. ESPN.com's Bill Simmons has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings: The one team I definitively have figured out for gambling purposes: Take the Eagles over every bad team, home or away, no matter the spread; go against them any time they're facing a good team. Got it? Got it. Poor coaching, a crappy short-yardage game and a tendency to give up big plays will bite you in the bizzum every time. Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings: Same old Eagles, same old Andy Reid. Philly fans are getting numb to his act of poor clock management, baffling playcalling and blown opportunities. While Reid keeps pulling the same "know-it-all" act to the locals, Eagles fans have seen it all in how their Birds have found ways to lose key games. SI.com's Don Banks ranks the NFC East the best division in football, and has DeSean Jackson as the best rookie in the division. ESPN.com has the Eagles 13th in its power rankings: Now 0-3 in the division. And that game against the Giants wasn't as close as the score indicated. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco has the Eagles 14th in his power rankings: They get the Bengals this week, which is a must-win if they are to have any chance to win the division. They're 0-3 against the NFC East, with two losses at home. That's not good enough. Prisco gives the Eagles a C-minus for their performance against the Giants: They had a big turnover early, but after that the defense couldn't get off the field. Donovan McNabb got hot in the second half, but the defense never could stop the Giants. Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Eagles 14th in his power rankings: Will Hank Baskett offer to share his fiance with fellow wideouts DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis – and will he soon start donning a velvet smoking jacket around the locker room? Vinnie Iyer of sportingnews.com has the Eagles 16th: The Eagles rank No. 4 with their 28 sacks. Even though Trent Cole has cooled off with only four after posting 12 1/2 last season, revitalized linemen such as Darren Howard (six) and Juqua Parker (five) have picked it up for Jim Johnson. USA Today has the Eagles 10th in its power rankings. ProFootballTalk.com has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings.

What they're saying: Same old Andy

Here's our weekly look at links that talk about the Eagles around the Web. As always, for your best local coverage, check out philly.com's Eagles section and blogs Birds' Eye View and Eagletarian.

SI.com's
Dr. Z has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings:

The game was close but they never appeared to be in it. They seemed to be a bit behind the Giants in all departments -- smaller, slower, not quite as tough. Still a good team, but not heavyweight championship material.

FoxSports.com
says Andy Reid is incapable of change:

Give him credit for becoming the most successful head coach in Eagles history. That said, when a coach and franchise continue to make the same mistakes, the word "great" should not be used in the description. Seemingly every year since the NFC East revived after Philly's Super Bowl run in 2004, Andy Reid's pass-happy teams have been plagued by an inability to grind out tough yards on the ground, manage the clock, play well enough in the red zone or shut down power running games. In each of the past two seasons, the Eagles' front office (led by Reid) has been in denial with his team — believing it was just a few bad breaks away from a Super Bowl contender. But since 2004, the Eagles are 29-28 with just one winning season. Reality check: The Eagles are 5-4, including 0-3 in the rugged NFC East.

SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles 10th in his power rankings:

I'm stunned, as was John Madden, that the Eagles twice ran the ball with three yards to get for a first down at the two-minute warning, down 36-31 to the Jints. Brian Westbrook struggled for two on third down, then got stoned on fourth down. You're not a power-running team, Andy Reid.

ESPN.com's
Bill Simmons has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings:

The one team I definitively have figured out for gambling purposes: Take the Eagles over every bad team, home or away, no matter the spread; go against them any time they're facing a good team. Got it? Got it. Poor coaching, a crappy short-yardage game and a tendency to give up big plays will bite you in the bizzum every time.

Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:

Same old Eagles, same old Andy Reid. Philly fans are getting numb to his act of poor clock management, baffling playcalling and blown opportunities. While Reid keeps pulling the same "know-it-all" act to the locals, Eagles fans have seen it all in how their Birds have found ways to lose key games.

SI.com's Don Banks ranks the NFC East the best division in football, and has DeSean Jackson as the best rookie in the division.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 13th in its power rankings:

Now 0-3 in the division. And that game against the Giants wasn't as close as the score indicated.

CBSSports.com's
Pete Prisco has the Eagles 14th in his power rankings:

They get the Bengals this week, which is a must-win if they are to have any chance to win the division. They're 0-3 against the NFC East, with two losses at home. That's not good enough.

Prisco gives the Eagles a C-minus for their performance against the Giants:

They had a big turnover early, but after that the defense couldn't get off the field. Donovan McNabb got hot in the second half, but the defense never could stop the Giants.

Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Eagles 14th in his power rankings:

Will Hank Baskett offer to share his fiance with fellow wideouts DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis – and will he soon start donning a velvet smoking jacket around the locker room?

Vinnie Iyer of sportingnews.com has the Eagles 16th:

The Eagles rank No. 4 with their 28 sacks. Even though Trent Cole has cooled off with only four after posting 12 1/2 last season, revitalized linemen such as Darren Howard (six) and Juqua Parker (five) have picked it up for Jim Johnson.

USA Today
has the Eagles 10th in its power rankings.

ProFootballTalk.com has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings.

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