Eagles still looking to correct mistakes

Ed Benkin
November 15, 2018 - 4:00 am
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Ed Benkin | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The theme has been repeated after every loss.

At 4-5, the Eagles are hardly where they expected to be at this point of the season.

The team hasn't been humiliated in any of its defeats. All of the team's losses have been by seven points or less, so the Eagles record could be much different at this point of the 2018 campaign.

Head Coach Doug Pederson knows that taking care of the small mistakes will make the difference in close games going forward.

"I don't think you focus on the whole," said Pederson. "You have to focus on the slice. One of the things we haven't done a very good job of this year is we haven't finished those plays, especially late in the games. Whether it be the offense executing a game-winning drive or the defense finishing and getting an offense off the field."

The sentiments of Pederson were echoed by his teammates on Wednesday. While there is a feeling of frustration with five losses on the season, the players believe they are close to getting back on track. Quarterback Carson Wentz is confident the team can fix its mistakes it is making in order to turn the season around.

"A lot of it is just execution," Wentz said. "It's nothing really world beating or earth shattering that's glaring. It's little things here and there that add up and that's kind of been the theme of the year in some of those losses. Just little things that are really kind of hurting us. We know they're correctable."

In addition to the mistakes on the field, the Eagles need to stay strong mentally to avoid having the season slip away. Pederson met with the leadership group of his team and believes they are in the right frame of mind to get themselves into a position to reverse their fortunes.

"They're eager to get back on the practice field and they're excited for this week and this opportunity," said Pederson. 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."

The Eagles will need to correct these mistakes in a hurry. They will face the high-flying Saints on Sunday and another mistake-filled game could put the Eagles on the receiving end of a blowout. It will be a difficult task to try and turn the season around against Drew Brees and the rest of the Saints, but Defensive Lineman Fletcher Cox knows the Eagles are running out of time to save their season.

"We need to get a win," Cox said. "We've had our ups and downs throughout the season and this is a pretty big game for us. I know the guys will be focused. The coaches believe in us and we believe in them. We've just got to go down there and win the game on Sunday."