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Reid's Message: Just Stay Together

This isn't unchartered waters for head coach Andy Reid. In 13 years as a head coach, Reid has faced nearly every situation one can deal with in the position.

The Eagles are 1-2 as they put Sunday's loss to the New York Giants in the rear-view mirror. When the team gathered to meet on Monday, the players weren't met with fire and brimstone from their head coach. Reid's message was simple - stick together as a team.

"It's about staying together. Playing as one. Being a team. I think that's what it's about," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said on Monday. "When it comes down to crunch time everyone has to be pulling for each other."

That message is important because after tough losses in consecutive weeks, Reid wants to squash any sort of doubt that could creep into the players' minds.

"You lose two that's when guys start to look around and see what's going on," cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said. "But the main thing is we do this as a team. It's a team sport and everything is done together. Basically, just count on your brother and know that he's going to be there in the time of battle and go from there."

The Eagles lost Sunday 29-16 after leading the game in the fourth quarter. It's the second straight week the Eagles were beat after leading in the game's final stanza. The Eagles have been outscored 29-0 in the fourth quarter in the past two games.

"It's hard to prepare and practice for that," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "It's really just the will to want it in the fourth quarter, it's the desire."

"It's about finishing. You get opportunities. You've got to make the most of them," Jenkins said. "We're not being consistent enough out there. It's about taking advantage of the opportunities that we have."

The players are not afraid to admit their record speaks to their current predicament, but they believe that there is time to fix the mistakes.

"It's early, but we are what we are. We're 1-2 right now. We've got 13 games left this season. There's nothing from the past games that can't be fixed," safety Nate Allen said. "We're going to get everything right."

And the Eagles know that for Sundays to be successful, it starts with the preparation leading up to the game.

"You just can't show up and expect to win. That's something that everyone knows," linebacker Jamar Chaney said. "We just have to do better, put in more work. That's the best thing I can say, just do better."

The next opportunity for a win and to get the season back on track is this Sunday at home against the 49ers. This time around, the Eagles want to put on a show for the fans.

"We want to get back on the field and show people that's not what the Philadelphia Eagles are and what we want to put out there on film," Rodgers-Cromartie said.

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