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Tuck says Eagles have talent, not chemistry

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As the Philadelphia Eagles stand at 3-5 with eight games to play and a wafer-thin margin for error if they hope to play beyond the regular season, Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has provided his assessment of the squad that perhaps should be known as the Pipedream Team.

In an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Tuck emphasized the importance of chemistry over talent.

“I think everybody expected a little bit more [of the Eagles],” Tuck said.  “I think with the talent they have on their football team, they can be one of the most dangerous teams in the league.  When they put it together, the thing I was quoted saying is, ‘You can’t buy championships.’  And what I meant by that is, you’ve got to build chemistry.

“You can have all the talent in the world, if you’re not out there playing as one, if you’re just 11 individuals, you’re not gonna beat anybody in this league.  And I think right now that’s some of the issues that they’re having.  Nobody can question how talented they are, nobody can question how good of a coach Andy Reid is.  Everybody knows that.  You need more than talent in this league, because every team has talent.”

Tuck is right.  If the Eagles figure out that he’s right between now and November 20, when the Giants host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, Tuck may wish he hadn’t been so candid.

Then again, Tuck likely believes it’s too late for the 2011 Eagles to dig out of the hole that they’ve created for themselves.

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  1. jbl429 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:22 PM

    “If the Eagles figure out that he’s right between now and November 20, when the Giants host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, Tuck may wish he hadn’t been so candid.”

    If they figure things out between now and 11/20, they’ll be 5-5 at best. But there’s just no way the Eagles can avoid 2 more losses this season. They’ll probably have their 7th loss by 11/27 after losing to the Giants and Patriots.

  2. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 6:26 PM

    The 49ers will help the Eagles out this Sunday, but will the Eagles capitalize?

    What Tuck didn’t say is that they really aren’t all that talented. They made some big splashes, but are deficient in a lot of areas still. Plus they lack chemistry and cohesive play. Both lines and the linebackers aren’t very good. The secondary is not on the same page.

    The Eagles remind me of a Don Nelson basketball team…they can run and look pretty, but they can’t do enough of the dirty work to get deep into the playoffs if at all.

  3. lbijake says: Nov 8, 2011 6:27 PM

    The Eagles also have an offensive line coach as the DC. Mike Martz was playing 3 dimensional chess while Juan Castille was playing checkers. Advantage, anybody but the Eagles.

  4. gcsuk says: Nov 8, 2011 6:28 PM

    That’s what I like about Tuck. Honest, but respectful. No loudmouth smack-talk. Let’s his play speak for itself.

  5. demo3356 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:33 PM

    I wonder if Steve “Benedict Arnold” Smith regrets jumping ship from the first place, first class New York Football Giants to sit on the Bench while the Battery Chucking Titanic Sinks in Philthy… Wonder if leaving the Super Bowl MVP ELIte Manning to watch the Dog Killer butcher games is working out for him..Great business decision kid!

  6. dcipher80 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:34 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I hate the Giants, but he’s absolutely right. If they can keep the core together, keep Shady and Vick healthy, and get rid of Castillo they’ll be in great shape next year. This year may just have to be chalked up to experience.

  7. jakek2 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:38 PM

    “Tuck is right. If the Eagles figure out that he’s right between now and November 20, when the Giants host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, Tuck may wish he hadn’t been so candid.”

    You can’t just get chemistry overnight. If you’re not a team like the Giants who have kept the same core for years, at the very LEAST, you need a whole offseason complete with OTAs, 2-a-days, weight training, etc., to build the camaraderie needed to become a cohesive unit.

    With the lockout, the Eagles picked the wrong year to build a team through FA. I understand why though. They’ve never won and they rolled the dice trying to assemble a quick winner.

  8. clownsfan says: Nov 8, 2011 6:40 PM

    I would like to take this opportunity to correct JT by pointing out that the Cleveland Browns have ABSOLUTELY no talent. Thanx.

  9. phillycheez says: Nov 8, 2011 6:42 PM

    He’s right. The Eagles need a Def. Coordinator with a nasty disposition, that team has no fight in them.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:44 PM

    Help Philly how? By beginning to play like the .500 team they really are and end up helping the Eagles move up a slot or two in the draft?

    Surely that’s it, because they’re not winning Sunday.

  11. trollaikman8 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:46 PM

    Rome should’ve called him Justine.

    Tuck is 100% right and it’s cool to see someone talk about a division rival with a high level of respect.
    The less microphones near Brandon (Brenda?) Jacobs, the better.

  12. demo3356 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:46 PM

    Eagles also have no heart, no linebackers, no safeties and of course…No Lombardi Trophies..Looks like the fans of the pipedream team will have to wait yet another year..

  13. phillycheez says: Nov 8, 2011 6:49 PM

    nineroutsider,

    You’re kidding right? The team that blew the 9ers doors off for three quarters before Reid took his foot off the gas has no talent? Weakest division in football, Alex smith at qb…one and done in the playoffs if they can hold it together that long.

  14. fanisy says: Nov 8, 2011 6:55 PM

    Tuck is completely right. It’s like the Miami Heat. but worse since football is played with 22 players instead of 5. They have a lot of talent, but they don’t know how to work together. Especially the defense.

    However, the effort might not be there either. You see Asomugha getting beaten, and if you saw last night’s game, you saw DRC literally hold onto a guy with his hand, notice he wasn’t down, take his hand off and place it on his head. That has GOT to be one of the most sickening plays I’ve ever seen.

  15. exeaglefan says: Nov 8, 2011 6:55 PM

    Vick is all hilight film. Flash without consistency. Bring in Gruden and a new qb

  16. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 7:11 PM

    exeaglefan says: Nov 8, 2011 6:55 PM

    Vick is all hilight film. Flash without consistency. Bring in Gruden and a new qb
    ——————————————————–
    Yeah that will fix it. Retreads will get you nowhere bro. This team just needs another year together and a few more lineman and backers. They are a few draft picks and signings away from being great. They need a real middle linebacker and some new faces on the O-line.

    Watch how long you suck while a new staff tries to figure it out.

  17. glac1 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:19 PM

    that translates into no leadership.

  18. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 7:21 PM

    >Mike Martz was playing 3 dimensional chess

    Actually Martz was playing nth dimensional chess, which results in inexplicable calls like a sideline pass when it’s 3rd and 2 and the Bears were in go-for-it-on-fourth-down territory, but then had to punt the ball away on 4th down when the pass didn’t work.

    Then again, so was Reid. Call a timeout at the end of the first half to throw two wasted passes out to the flats that had no chance of producing points.

  19. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 7:27 PM

    phillycheez says: Nov 8, 2011 6:49 PM

    nineroutsider,

    You’re kidding right? The team that blew the 9ers doors off for three quarters before Reid took his foot off the gas has no talent? Weakest division in football, Alex smith at qb…one and done in the playoffs if they can hold it together that long.
    —————————————————–
    Unlike the fan base, the team has talent…I never said they didn’t. They just don’t have enough in certain areas…that is fairly obvious to even the dimmest of Eagle fans.

  20. Nevis says: Nov 8, 2011 7:31 PM

    phillycheez says:
    Nov 8, 2011 6:49 PM
    nineroutsider,

    You’re kidding right? The team that blew the 9ers doors off for three quarters before Reid took his foot off the gas has no talent? Weakest division in football, Alex smith at qb…one and done in the playoffs if they can hold it together that long.

    ———————————

    Yes, let’s ignore that you were playing a team that had been together for 5 weeks, rookie HC, new DC and OC and no offseason and installing new systems on both sides of the ball. I’m sure that had nothing to do with slower starts early on.

    And if you think SF beating you was a fluke, bring it and watch them beat you again.

    There’s absolutely NO evidence whatsoever to suggest the Eagles are a “better team” than the 49ers.

    Zero.

  21. jerseyshoregiant says: Nov 8, 2011 7:33 PM

    Having a couple corner backs that are afraid to tackle doesn’t help!!! Not that you want them making a ton of tackles because obviously that means the marjority of the time they are in your secondary but you have to step up and make a tackle sometimes!

  22. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 7:36 PM

    >This team just needs another year together and a few more lineman and backers

    and a QB who isn’t a turnover machine

    and someone who can actually time-manage effectively

    and someone who’s clever enough to actually fill positions of need effectively before implementing a new D scheme

  23. baldeaglejohnie says: Nov 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    please just beat AZ this Sunday!

  24. johntonioholmes says: Nov 8, 2011 7:42 PM

    That was a very articulate, honest, and respectful assessment of the Eagles, especially coming from a division rival.

    I have to tip my hat to Tuck for playing it cool and not acting like one of the Ryan twins.

  25. jdbaker1860 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:55 PM

    Phillycheez,
    Niners only played one game in their weak division so that theory doesn’t work. Plus say what you want but Alex smith has a higher passer rating than Vick and they aren’t payin smith 100 million. Smith has 12 tds to 2 ints. What is Vicks turnover ratio? Plus all his fumbles so I would not talk about anybody’s QB. niners beat the eagles so make any excuse you want but they lost to a team in the worst division so what does that say about your over hyped over paid team?
    Junk

  26. dd393 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:56 PM

    He’s right. This is real life, not fantasy football.

  27. jdbaker1860 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:03 PM

    Time to hang up the Vick jerseys. He had one good year and you all fell for it. Saying all you have to do is keep Vick healthy and you will win it all. Heard how great mcnabb was for years now you all hate him. Saying how great Vick is. Next year you will hate him and want Kafka. Andy read is a genius until the end of the year you will want cower. Not to much football knowledge in Philly. No surprise there. Look at that empty trophy case.

  28. commandercornpone says: Nov 8, 2011 8:10 PM

    philly 8-8

    giants 9-7

    dallas 10-6

    skins 6-10

    no i am not a dallas fan

  29. tombrookshire says: Nov 8, 2011 8:25 PM

    Oh my God, the Eagles are still trying to calculate their chances for the post season. Instead of worrying about the post season, how about just trying to win a game at a time. For the whole week after the Cowboy win, you heard nothing around here except, run the table, and crush the remainder of the schedule. They can’t even string three wins in a row together. Tell you what, play out the string, finish 6-10 and regroup for next year with a real defensive coordinator, not one you got out of the Sears catalog! If this is what being “all in” is, the future look pretty sorry. I am really glad thought that Andy each week is actually doing a better job putting guys in position to make plays. Just think what their record would be if he wasn’t.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:31 PM

    Can we just cease with the never-played-football “weak/killer schedule” nonsense? ANY given Sunday in this league. This isn’t the 80s and early 90s when bad teams utterly laid down. Too much money, pride and careers on the line to do that in 2011.

    The Eagles are DONE. Period.

    The Giants are a much better team than they are given credit for, mostly because they were written off since they are not flashy, not in the headlines, don’t feature criminals and play down to the lower level of competition.

    However, there is too much focus upon how they “might collapse, like annually” (with an awful defensive coordinator and all-time worst Giants defense in ’09 and tons of injuries to the top players on offense last year that coincided with the losses makes it ANNUAL???) and not enough credit due to how they play up to their capability against good teams.

    And not enough focus STILL on how the Eagles are nothing but a bunch of parts thrown together in a box and expected to shake out a Ferrari with no real work put into it.

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:38 PM

    commandercornpone says: Nov 8, 2011 8:10 PM

    philly 8-8

    giants 9-7

    dallas 10-6

    skins 6-10

    no i am not a dallas fan
    —————–

    You’re a) drunk and/or b) delusional and/or c) using reverse psychology on that Dallas nonsense as an EAGLES fan if you really think the Giants aren’t going to win at least 10 games, if not 12.

  32. zaggs says: Nov 8, 2011 9:17 PM

    “jdbaker1860 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:55 PM

    Phillycheez,
    Niners only played one game in their weak division so that theory doesn’t work. Plus say what you want but Alex smith has a higher passer rating than Vick and they aren’t payin smith 100 million. Smith has 12 tds to 2 ints.”

    Smith is doing fine, but lets not forget one major stat that explains why he is doing so fine. Of the 34 QB’s NFL.com lists for passing yards, Smith is 24th with 1467 yards. That is the lowest amount of yards among QB’s who have played every game this year. In average yards per game Smith ranks 31st.
    So yeah low turnover ratio, high completion percentage, but very short passing game.

  33. jphoops says: Nov 8, 2011 9:21 PM

    1) Giants 11-5
    2) Eagles 8-8
    3) Cowboys 8-8
    4) Redskins 5-11
    These will be the standings at the end of the regular season.

  34. valman61 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:41 PM

    You niner fans are in for a real culture shock come Sunday. The giants are better than you in almost every relevant category. Most importantly they rush the passer better and have a qb who is literally four times better than yours. Gore needs to run for 150 yds for this game to even be close. If Tony Romo beats you in the clutch, what is Eli Manning going to do? Come on now let’s be serious.

  35. cbs1971 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:55 PM

    For those who are comparing the Miami Heat to the Eagles…..that would be a compliment because the heat made the playoffs…nuff said…

  36. bleedingreen says: Nov 8, 2011 10:22 PM

    Tuck is right. No chemistry at all. I’m a lifelong Eagle fan, and I see it. But the knucklehead that said the Giants are a first class org. is just pissed bcuz Steve Smith was tired of catching passes from a wannabe Peyton.

  37. chobes68 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:17 PM

    “Tuck is right. No chemistry at all. I’m a lifelong Eagle fan, and I see it. But the knucklehead that said the Giants are a first class org. is just pissed bcuz Steve Smith was tired of catching passes from a wannabe Peyton.”

    ===========

    That ‘wannabe’ has as many SB rings as Peyton will finish with, and might grab another one during his career at some point.

    And really, who cares about Steve Smith. Is he even remotely a difference maker?

  38. yevrag3535 says: Nov 9, 2011 2:21 AM

    Eagles suck and when are the Giants going to crash and burn like usual? They suck just as bad.

  39. CKL says: Nov 9, 2011 2:39 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:31 PM

    However, there is too much focus upon how they “might collapse, like annually” (with an awful defensive coordinator and all-time worst Giants defense in ’09 and tons of injuries to the top players on offense last year that coincided with the losses makes it ANNUAL???) and not enough credit due to how they play up to their capability against good teams.
    ____________________________________
    I think Coughlin is a good HC and I respect the NYG but check Coughlin’s record throughout his tenure in NY and maybe even Jax. His teams’ second half records are appreciably worse than his teams’ first half records in many of those years so YES…that is more properly called “annual” than a “once in a while” thing.

  40. bigblueballs77 says: Nov 9, 2011 4:17 AM

    bleedingreen says:
    Nov 8, 2011 10:22 PM
    Tuck is right. No chemistry at all. I’m a lifelong Eagle fan, and I see it. But the knucklehead that said the Giants are a first class org. is just pissed bcuz Steve Smith was tired of catching passes from a wannabe Peyton.

     At least he was catching passes in NY.
    Zing!

  41. phillyphinsfan says: Nov 9, 2011 6:00 AM

    The Pigeons could sure use a guy like Brian Dawkins. Oh, that’s right, they let him go. As for the Giants, are we talking to the team that should have lost at home (thanks refs) to the Dolphins, or the team that did lose to the Seahawks, THE SEAHAWKS, at home?

  42. bigblueballs77 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:26 AM

    phillyphinsfan says:
    Nov 9, 2011 6:00 AM
    The Pigeons could sure use a guy like Brian Dawkins. Oh, that’s right, they let him go. As for the Giants, are we talking to the team that should have lost at home (thanks refs) to the Dolphins, or the team that did lose to the Seahawks, THE SEAHAWKS, at home?

     Yes. The team that beat you at home, and will probably end your season.

  43. n0hopeleft says: Nov 9, 2011 9:47 AM

    nineroutsider says:
    Nov 8, 2011 6:26 PM
    The 49ers will help the Eagles out this Sunday, but will the Eagles capitalize?

    Dude you’ve been running your mouth all week. I hope you don’t dissapear this coming monday.

  44. n0hopeleft says: Nov 9, 2011 9:51 AM

    phillycheez says:
    Nov 8, 2011 6:49 PM
    nineroutsider,

    You’re kidding right? The team that blew the 9ers doors off for three quarters before Reid took his foot off the gas has no talent? Weakest division in football, Alex smith at qb…one and done in the playoffs if they can hold it together that long.

    _______________________________

    You mean like the Giants did to the Eagles last year?

    Who cares about taking the foot off the gas, you LOST..

  45. n0hopeleft says: Nov 9, 2011 9:54 AM

    trollaikman8 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 6:46 PM
    Rome should’ve called him Justine.

    Tuck is 100% right and it’s cool to see someone talk about a division rival with a high level of respect.
    The less microphones near Brandon (Brenda?) Jacobs, the better.

    _______________________________

    Did you just insult the guys on the only team in the NFC East with a ring in the last 10 years?

    GREAT JOB BRO.

  46. gritsmaker says: Nov 9, 2011 1:16 PM

    Tuck makes a great point. The giants opened the season with a loss to the redskins.

    Take away the seahawk effort and the giant front 4 of osi. canty.jpp.and tuck is starting to bring pressure without the blitz. Perry may have found something. Putting 7 defenders in coverage is away to slow spread offenses down.

    If this chemistry continues the g-men could make some noise this year.

  47. greengob1in says: Nov 9, 2011 8:32 PM

    Disagree with Tuck, this team has a serious lack of talent in tackling, instincts, shedding blocks, and decision making.

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