Eagles insist all is well in the locker room

Ed Benkin
October 23, 2019 - 9:24 pm
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws in the pocket in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  Remain calm. All is well.

That's the message players and coaches had for fans as they began preparations for their game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. 

It has not been an easy couple of weeks for the Eagles. The team is coming off back-to-back blowout losses and there are reports of an unnamed player complaining about the offense. 

Lane Johnson indicated after the Dallas loss that players have been late for meetings and practices. 

How have the players reacted to what has been going on both on and off the field? Doug Pederson gave an answer indicating he was very happy with the mental state of his team.

"This team is mad," said Pederson. "They’re upset and they’re disappointed in how we've lost these last two games. They are embarrassed obviously from the other day, which is good. It's not good that you lose, but it's good the fact that they're taking ownership of it."

The Eagles are hoping that anger will translate into success on the field. The players on this roster have seen their share of adversity and in most cases, have been able to overcome it. 

The team's 3-4 record does not help matters and tight end Zach Ertz understands there will be more distractions from the outside world. He also believes the players are ready to move forward.

"We understand that when you're 3-4 there is going to be outside noise," Ertz said. "It's as simple as that especially playing in the city. We're moving on from a lot of the stuff that happened last week. Everyone has come to grips with everything that happened and we're just trying to move on. We're not placing blame on anyone. We're just trying to be the best team that we can be."

On the field, Wentz believes the mistakes the team is making are fixable. The quarterback also says there have been conversations which have taken care of any off the field situations. 

Wentz says it also won't affect his work on the field if there are rumblings of grumblings among the offensive players.

"That stuff all gets handled internally," said Wentz. "That's not the way we like to do things through the media like that. We're certainly not going to resolve it through the media." 

The Eagles know they cannot afford another defeat this early in the season and also know they will have their hands full this Sunday in Western New York. 

The Bills are 5-1 and have the third-ranked defense in the NFL and it'll will be a tough test for the Eagles, but center Jason Kelce says the turnaround can start with small steps. 

"Do your job better," Kelce said. "Do the little things better. Make sure you are doing all the things better. If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves." 

This is a critical point in the season for the Eagles. 

A loss will put them at 3-5 with little margin for error over the second half of the season. A win will get them back on the winning track and most likely wash away much of the negativity the team has been dealing with.  

As Fletcher Cox noted, winning cures all ills.

"The main thing right now is to get a win," said Cox. "If you get a win, nothing else matters. Everything shuts up. Nobody's talking. I think that's what's going to cure everything. Get a win and nobody's talking."