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Doug Pederson doesn't anticipate any changes to the starting lineup

Head coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Monday that "as of right now" there will not be any changes to the starting lineup following Sunday's loss to Miami.

"Even the plays that they (the Dolphins) made, our players were in position to make those plays. We just didn't," Pederson said. "They executed. We didn't. That to me doesn't deserve any kind of shakeup."

As the Eagles turn the page to get ready for a Monday night showdown against the New York Giants, the first of four straight NFC East clashes to conclude the regular season, Pederson knows that the team's current predicament will present a test for the coaches and the team's leadership. Pederson is excited to see how the team responds.

"This will be great for our leadership right now, where we are," Pederson said. "From my standpoint leading the football team and then challenging the leaders on the team to really embrace this time and to really challenge the guys and say, 'Hey, we've got four games left and a month of this season. We're not throwing in the towel. We've got a lot of football left. We've got a great opportunity. There's still a chance for us. We control our own destiny.’ That's going to be the message moving forward to this football team. The leaders have to embrace that and they also have to take it to the team as well. I feel really good about that.

"I do believe in our leadership and I do believe in our players," he added.

Yes, the Eagles are 5-7, but in the month of December between the 2017 and '18 seasons, the team went 7-2, not including the Week 17 game in 2017 when the starters were rested for the postseason. The Eagles can use that experience to their advantage, but at the same time, this year's team can't just assume things will turn the corner.

"You just don't turn on the switch in this league," Pederson said. "You have to come to work every single day. You have to come ready and in the right frame of mind. You've got to prepare and put in the work, just like our guys have done all season long."

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