Fletcher Cox: Being underdogs puts chip on shoulder

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The fact the Eagles are the first No. 1 seed to open the playoffs as an underdog is certainly startling.

But according to Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, it’s just the latest in a series of slights they’ve endured this year.

We’ve been disrespected all year,” Cox said, via Tim McManus of ESPN.com. “Our record can speak for itself. We’re a team that’s been disrespected week in and week out, and we just come out and ring the bell every week.”

Of course, every time an Eagle tries to play that card, they should be reminded that they were getting plenty of respect, right up until the point quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in December, and any devaluing of a good team is solely based on Nick Foles and how bad they looked the last two games of the season.

But in a sport where anything can be bulletin board material, the Eagles are all over this one.

“It just puts a bigger chip on our shoulder and just adds fuel to the fire, and that’s what this team, obviously, has been going off of all year,” Cox said, “people doubting us every week. So we just want to go out and shut those doubters up.”

Of course, then there are coaches, who will file such talk under the #distraction banner.

“The game’s going to be about preparing well, the game’s going to be about executing on Saturday,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said, “and the teams that do that the best are going to win, not the team that got picked by the most number of analysts or experts or what the simulation games say or any of that stuff. That has zero bearing on the game for us.”

That sounds like something a head coach would say. Or an assistant who has job interviews in hopes of becoming one.

25 responses to “Fletcher Cox: Being underdogs puts chip on shoulder

  1. I guess as the highest paid player on the team, who disappears at times during games needs his own motivation. Even though it’s not really based in fact.

  2. The eagles had no respect even with Wentz. Everyone said their record was due to an easy schedule. Everytime they won a game they shouldn’t have there was an excuse. This team is like 2004, everyone talks about the offense and disrespects the defense. Not going to be an easy game, but he’s not wrong, they gave gotten 0 respect all season.

  3. Actually even when Wentz was healthy all you heard was people say stupid things like, “Eagles haven’t played anyone good”. Then after they beat a good team like Carolina in which everyone was picking Eagles to lose you heard “Carolina isn’t that good”. People should just admit they hate Philly. If Wentz played for Cowboys, I guarantee you he would be winning MVP despite missing 3 games just like Joe Montana did.

  4. Really Fletcher? You’ve been disrespected all year? The entire year? Or are you referring to the few weeks since Wentz went down?

    Philly players taking after their fans now I guess.

  5. Chip or no chip, I don’t see Nick Foles leading this team to a Lombardi.The defense will have to step it up big-time to have any chance.

  6. Oh sure. Through the entire second half of the season with Wentz, they were favored to win, and were at the top of every pundit’s power poll. Any fan of football felt the same. Playing the disrespect card is just nonsense.

    Face it – if Wentz was playing, they would be favored by at least a TD. But he isn’t. It’s not disrespect for the team. It’s Vegas saying that they don’t respect Foles.

  7. the gambling world has certainly changed…

    The Steelers vs Patriots game was the first time a team entered December with the best record in the league only to be underdogs at home…

  8. Cox is actually right. The whole season, even when the Eagles were steamrolling other teams, it seemed everyone had an excuse as to why they weren’t as good as their record, or they “haven’t beaten anyone good” etc. I don’t necessarily see them getting to the superbowl without Wentz, but I wouldn’t totally discount them, either. They’re a pretty complete team.

  9. I seriously don’t like the word “disrespected” and I don’t like the phrase “chip on our shoulder.” Both show weak character to me. This team was hardly disrespected. Until Wentz went down they were arguably the best team in the league. I don’t buy the everyone had an excuse as to why they weren’t that good argument – I think the coverage was pretty balanced and favorable, and when he did go down, most people I read understood it might have been devastating to a frontrunner. Did they get anointed like some teams (one team) do around here? No, but they sure weren’t disrespected either.

  10. He’s 100% correct. How many articles came out this year saying: “they didn’t play anyone” or “looking back they had the 9th easiest schedule”. Blah blah blah. Even if they don’t go far this year, they’re set-up very nicely for the next 4-5 years easy. With a future MVP QB, people can keep doubting them all they want.

  11. Disappears? Eagles have been consistent all year long, ranked number 1 against the run. Look at how they have played against the run consistently going into last year. Disappears during the game? The guy is a beast and is double teamed every game. Obviously YOU DON’T WATCH them play, because consistency has been their MO this season.

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    700levelvet says:

    January 9, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I guess as the highest paid player on the team, who disappears at times during games needs his own motivation. Even though it’s not really based in fact.

  12. If players need this sort of fake narrative to get motivated it tells you a lot about them. The Eagles are the #1 seed, and were touted as the team to beat until Wentz went down. This tired “disrespected all year” routine has gotten very old.

  13. I will readily admit that I hate the Eagles. But that is not why I was discounting their wins. I discounted them, because they were discountable. 🙂

  14. The Falcons don’t care about any of that, they are on a redemption mission. Fletcher bring your chip to the stadium on Saturday and see what it gets you.

  15. So I guess the Eagles not beating anyone and having an easy schedule narrative that was trotted out each and every week was just something like a mass delusion that Eagles fans and players just imagined.

  16. “Of course, every time an Eagle tries to play that card, they should be reminded that they were getting plenty of respect, right up until the point quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in December, and any devaluing of a good team is solely based on Nick Foles and how bad they looked the last two games of the season.”

    Then make Carson Wentz a SERIOUS MVP candidate. You don’t get to write off the Eagles and also ignore the fact that Wentz belongs in the conversation, and probably deserves to win it.

    You don’t get to have it both ways media!

  17. They would probably get more respect had the defense decided to show up for the last half of the season. They were great the first few months but average at best for the last half.

  18. Wow, I didn’t think it was possible, but Iggles fans are as delusional as Packer fans. The Iggles disrespected!? Until Wentz got hurt, they were the NFC darlings. Every poll and power ranking had them at the top and the road to the Super Bowl went through Philly. If any team was ‘disrespected’, it was Minnesota. All we heard was, “When will Keenum crash and burn and come back to earth?” and on and on. No one took the Vikings seriously until a few weeks ago. Packer fans are hoping the Vikings lose because they’re still mad AR got hurt and think they should be in the SB every year.
    Grow up, fellas.

  19. As for this moronic statement that the phrase “chip on the shoulder” show weak character, really? You know some of the best teams and athletes of all time have used this kind of motivation to excel to great lengths? This is what successful people use, I guess you don’t pay attention to the successful. New England and Tom Brady are perfect examples.

    Funny how teams like the Patriots use the “Chip on their shoulder” or “disrespected” thing year in and year out as motivation and everyone praises them. Brady uses the fact that he was a 6th round draft pick as motivation and it is a great story. After spygate they used that as motivation. However, how dare Fletcher Cox and the Eagles use this kind of stuff as extra motivation. Only a weak charactered team would use the fact that they are number 1 seed and underdogs to the 6th seed as motivation. Come on people… Just admit it!!!!! You hate Philly and you look for every opportunity to rip them or their fans, even at the expense of becoming a hypocrite. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a team finding extra motivation where they can. LOL…

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    reddzen says:

    January 9, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I seriously don’t like the word “disrespected” and I don’t like the phrase “chip on our shoulder.” Both show weak character to me. This team was hardly disrespected. Until Wentz went down they were arguably the best team in the league. I don’t buy the everyone had an excuse as to why they weren’t that good argument – I think the coverage was pretty balanced and favorable, and when he did go down, most people I read understood it might have been devastating to a frontrunner. Did they get anointed like some teams (one team) do around here? No, but they sure weren’t disrespected either.

  20. All the talk stops @ 430 on Sat. Let’s see it in your play on the field Fletch! Let’s see the game play out and let it even matter what Foles does! Tear the falcons up with strong Defense and you live another week!

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