What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about all things concerning the Eagles:

The team’s 19-17 win over the Giants hasn’t exactly won them national acclaim. Cris Carter, appearing on Mike & Mike, is unmoved by the Eagles and their 3-1 record.

“Philly? Not impressed with what they did,” said Carter. “I am impressed that Andy Reid has a gameplan where he can run the football. The difference from the first half and the second half was drastic as far as the emphasis on the run, got LeSean McCoy going in that second half. They’re going to have to play more of that style. If they play that style, they have a good chance of winning the division.”

Similarly, Merril Hoge is reluctant to endorse Reid’s club. When asked who the best team in the NFC East is, Hoge responded:

“You have to say the Philadelphia Eagles based on their record and the division win [Sunday night]. Now when you say that, there can’t be a more uncertain team, too. But based on their record, and beating the Giants, without a question — well, with a little bit of a question — they are the best team in this division.”

ESPN’s Ashley Fox provides a more positive outlook on the Eagles at the quarter pole:

Just in the month of September, Vick orchestrated three fourth-quarter comebacks and three game-winning drives — at Cleveland, against Baltimore and then against the Giants. Last season, Vick had zero fourth-quarter comebacks and zero game-winning drives. In 2010, the season he supplanted Kevin Kolb as the Eagles’ starter, he had four fourth-quarter comebacks and three game-winning drives.

Say what you want about all of the turnovers — nine in the first three games, and zero last night — but Vick has been clutch. His confidence has trickled down to the offense, the defense and the special teams. The Eagles have won three games by a combined four points. They have played well at times and horrendously at times, but the end result is what ultimately matters.

Peter King named Kevin Kolb as one of his Offensive Players of the Week.

For dealing with the adversity of an eight-sack afternoon, for coming from 13 points down, for going 29 of 48 for 324 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and for getting the Cards to 4-0. The play I liked most: With Arizona down 21-14 with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter, on 4th-and-10 from the Miami 15, Kolb zipped a pass to the right for Andre Roberts, who toe-tapped inside the pylon for his second touchdown of the quarter, forcing overtime. A Jay Feely field goal won it in overtime.

The Steelers, sitting at 1-2 and coming off a bye, are sure to present a big challenge to the Eagles this week. They appear to be getting healthier as well, as Troy Polamalu and James Harrison both practiced Monday. From PFT:

The veterans have missed both of the team’s last two games — Harrison has missed all three — and the hope obviously is that the bye week provided them enough time to get healthy enough to play. Polamalu has been sidelined with a calf injury and said last week that he was hopeful about his chances of playing in Week Five.

  • Kevin

    Future Merril Hodge quote:

    “You have to say the Philadelphia Eagles based on their record and the Superbowl win. Now when you say that, there can’t be a more uncertain team, too. But based on their record, and beating Houston, without a question — well, with a little bit of a question — they are the best team in the NFL”

    I know they have their issues, but Vick is leading the NFC East in comeback victories this year, and no longer leads the division in turnovers (How about them Cowboys). The team is gritty and fights. There is no quit. The defense is a top NFL unit. Reid’s teams historically get better into October, then November and December. So why does it feel like we are a 1-3 team and not 3-1 and a division leader.

    • joolyen

      Because we all want a Super Bowl win after the Giants have done it twice.

  • borntosuffer

    Peter King has gotten to that point, along with many other celebrities, where he revels in the smell of their own flatulence. He thinks he is filled with importance – but it’s mainly gas.

    “Wonder what he says when he runs past Osi?” – Thumbelina?

    • borntosuffer

      Sorry, “their” should be “his”

  • poetx99

    this is good. stay under the radar. let the media keep sleeping on the eagles. opposing team aren’t.

  • FMWarner

    It seems to me that the Eagles have earned the distrust from the media on merit. That said, they’re 3-1. When was the last time somebody said about a Super Bowl winner, “well, they’re really not that good, they had some close games”?

    • http://twitter.com/aphilfan AJ H

      Last Year?

      • FMWarner

        What I mean is, nobody ever wants to put an asterisk on a Super Bowl because of how the team played out the regular season. So my point is, even if the Eagles have given people reason to have a shaky opinion of them, they’re 3-1 and wins are the only things that are going to count for much in the end.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    This is good, the only people that have to believe are located in the Eagles Locker room. Reid teams usually get better as the season moves forward. Pittsburgh is a good test to see if the dust has settled.

  • Jerry from Flawda

    Merrill Hodge couldn’t hate a franchise more than the Eagles, but I agree with him. We all know Andy/Marty will get back to their pass happy ways and leave us all up in arms, once again. This is why most of us want Andy to move on. I hope Andy proves me wrong.

  • birdpoop

    I think I’d be happy to see the Eagles steamroll every opponent… a perfect season straight-through the super bowl… but then again, would that really be more fun than what’s happened so far this year? The campaign to this point (3 wins 1 loss) has really kept us Eagle fans involved and … except for the horrible coaching vs Phoenix, this season’s games provided a level of uncertainty that kept me on the edge of my sofa, one twitch away from throwing the remote through my TV, and so far there have been three happy endings (yeah, I know, you’ll want to take that last phrase the wrong way, so have fun with it.) Lights! Camera! Action! Drama! Look out Steelers, here comes the most dramatic team in the NFL. Upcoming opponents may think the Eagles are like a box of chocolates… But we will keep cheering RUN FORREST, RUN !