Kelly expects Eagles to bounce back

September, 29, 2013
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DENVER – The scoreboard mocked the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. No matter what anyone says, the embarrassment of a 52-20 beating lingers.

"We've got to get over it," linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We can't dwell on it. We can't let this demoralize us to the point where we can't come back and fight."

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AP Photo/Joe MahoneyMichael Vick came off the field with his head down, but the Eagles won't linger on their latest loss.
That is the issue facing coach Chip Kelly just four weeks into his NFL career. He conceded his team "got down" in the second half, as Peyton Manning just continued throwing footballs into the Eagles' end zone.

"I don’t think, 'Holy smokes, the season is over,'" Kelly said.

The question is whether his players think that. A lot of them endured the 4-12 nightmare that was 2012. They embraced a fresh start with Kelly. A loss like this has to bring back a lot of bad memories.

"I'll be able to answer that question Tuesday when we come out on the practice field," Kelly said. "If we're hanging our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves, then I'll say we didn't have any progress. But I think we have to understand that this is a tough-ass league. You play against some pretty good teams. If they come back on Tuesday, then I'll be excited about this group going forward. And I really believe they will."

Running back LeSean McCoy said he was "very surprised" to find the Eagles sitting at 1-3.

"Just knowing the players we have in the locker room and the type of coaches we have," McCoy said, "if you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would be 1-3 right now, I would have called you a liar. We've just got to get it together."

McCoy said he didn't believe players would let this loss affect their attitude.

"No way," he said. "If you're a coward probably, but guys in this locker room got heart. We'll keep fighting and battling."

Cornerback Cary Williams called next Sunday's game against the 0-4 New York Giants "a must-win game."

"We're 1-0 in our division," Williams said.

"It's big," safety Nate Allen said. "It's a division game. If we can get that win and get back on the right track, it will be big for us."

Phil Sheridan

ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter

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