The offense is being asked about not starting fast, about not scoring more than 22 points per game in an NFL where scoring is up. Way up.
The defense is being asked about lack of turnovers and tackling.
If there is a reason for the Eagles being a disappointing 4-5 record, it’s not one thing, not one person, but a mass collection of things.
There just seems little hope the Eagles, with all these warts, can go into the Superdome and turn a princely New Orleans Saints team, averaging just over 36 points per game, into a frog.
“I don’t care who we play, we’re trying to win, so opponents don’t matter to me,” said safety Malcolm Jenkins. “But at the time, what week is this? 11? Week 11. You’re more than a halfway through the season, so time is of the essence when you’re talking about racking up wins and losses. Opponents, though, I don’t see anyone I don’t think we can beat.”
If ever the Eagles needed a rallying cry, maybe Jenkins hit on it - fear no team, no matter if their personnel looks better than yours at the moment.
The task at hand is huge, no doubt. Vegas isn’t giving them much of a chance, installing the Saints as a tick above a touchdown favorite.
It may be wise to remember that the Eagles under head coach Doug Pederson always seem to be in games to the very end – unless they blow out those teams like they did last year.
The Eagles' widest margin of defeat under Pederson is 18 points, and that came in the 32-14 rout on the banks of Ohio River in Cincinnati in December of 2016.
“I feel really good about these guys,” said Pederson prior to Wednesday’s practice. “Talking to the (team’s leadership) committee this morning, I asked them basically that question, “How do they feel?” They're all disappointed obviously in the performance the other day. It is disappointing. It’s a division game and we came up short.
“They're eager to get back on the practice field and they’re excited for this week and this opportunity. I think they understand what's in front of them. They know that the sense of urgency in practice, it's not a panic or anything other than just a sense of urgency of understanding your job, doing your job, doing it collectively, and making sure that they just focus on one play at a time. I really do feel like they're in a good place and they're positive about the future.”