What They're Saying After Loss to Dallas

Philadelphia-area sportswriters offer their own "State of the Eagles" in this week's "What They're Saying".

The Eagles' 38-27 loss to Dallas at home Sunday night not only knocked the Eagles down a peg in the division, but it also knocked confidence down a peg among fans and area sportswriters alike. Here's a look at the opinions of the region's print pundits in this week's edition of "What They're Saying".

Let's start out with a rather matter of fact piece from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News titled "Eagles Good, But Not Elite". Donnellon summarizes the Eagles to date in the following fashion: "Their offense is both explosive and erratic. Their defense is a dysfunctional mix of awesome pass rushers and awful defensive backs. Special teams has been their calling card for much of this season, often providing the difference in close wins as well as a few near-misses. It's a razor's edge existence, as (Josh) Huff's early miscue underlined."

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane must be listening to what I've been saying for weeks on "Inside the WarNest" because he wrote about one of the glaring weaknesses on this Eagles team, wide receiver Riley Cooper. "Cooper is a good blocker," writes McLane, "but has a starting outside receiver ever been valued more by a team for his blocking over his receiving?"

Fellow Inquirer columnist Bob Ford looks ahead to the "quarterback controversy" that lies ahead for Chip Kelly. Ford opines, "Sunday night might have been the last chance for Mark Sanchez to change that reputation. He didn't, however, and you know what that means. Shrug."

NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks has a simple question: Why didn't the Eagles give LeSean McCoy the ball more? Shorr-Parks states, "Considering the success McCoy had the first time around this season against the Cowboys, the team's decision to go away from the running back in crunch time is a curious one."


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