The claim from 49ers running back Frank Gore that the Eagles quit in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game isn’t sitting well in the Philadelphia locker room.
Michael Vick says Gore is wrong about the Eagles when he says that the 49ers “knocked the fight out of them.”
“I don’t think the team quit,” Vick said. “I think we put up the effort for all four quarters. I don’t know, maybe, I mean he can say that but we can’t dwell on last week, it’s over.”
Vick obviously didn’t quit: He was sensational throughout the game, and it’s not his fault that he twice got the Eagles into field goal range in the fourth quarter, only to have kicker Alex Henery miss from 33 and 39 yards. Nor is it his fault that Jeremy Maclin fumbled after Vick once again moved the Eagles into field goal range on their final drive. If the Eagles just get a field goal on any one of those three fourth-quarter drives, no one is talking this week about the Eagles quitting in their 24-23 loss.
But it does raise questions about what kind of team the Eagles are that they’ve lost three straight games despite having fourth-quarter leads in all three of them. Maybe Vick is right that they’re not quitters. Maybe they’re just not very good.