Lots of newsy tidbits out of Philadelphia Eagles practice today, not the least of which is the news (courtesy here of Les Bowen) that wide receiver Jason Avant called a players-only meeting "to stress sticking together and to reinforce the notion that the Eagles have the talent to work their way out of their dreadful 1-4 start, middle linebacker Jamar Chaney said."
"Everybody was calm," Chaney said. "You don't want to get heated right now; it ain't no time to panic. We know what we're capable of doing, and we're not going to panic. We've had a few bad games, four bad games, but at the end of the day, we don't think those four teams are better than us. They won the games ... we just have to go out there and do a better job of playing the whole game, on offense and defense ... when it's all said and done, we don't think no team can beat us, but we've been doing a good job of beating ourselves lately, and we've got to stop doing that."
Talking is good, and potentially helpful. Chaney went on to say he felt the meeting helped "the sense of urgency for practice today," and certainly that sense of urgency is something that's been lacking with the Eagles this year. They surely don't want to be 1-5 heading into their bye week, and they wouldn't want to be 1-5 even if they weren't heading into their bye week. Since the current playoff format was adopted in 1990, 100 teams have started 1-4 and only five of them have made the playoffs. Each of those five teams won its sixth game and was 2-4 instead of 1-5.
Thing is, we won't know until we actually see it whether the Eagles are capable of cutting out the mistakes that keep allowing them to beat themselves. They can talk all they want, to each other, to their coaches, to us ... whatever. But every week, they go out on the field and play the same insufficient game. Once that stops, then we'll all have something new to talk about.