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Division leaders overcame adversity

Instead of pushing the panic button early this season, the Eagles, Pats and Rams stuck to their plans and are now thriving.

Updated: December 12, 2003, 11:47 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

There is an "S-T" word that one Philadelphia Eagles veteran often employs -- OK, let's just skip the suspense here, it's stubborn -- to describe the mind and methodology and machinations of coach Andy Reid.

But query most Philadelphia players, club officials and coaches about how it is that Reid tossed a life preserver to an Eagles team submerged twice in its first two games this year, and seemingly poised to drown in an ocean of lofty expectations, and they would suggest a different "S-T" ...

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