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Eagles facing early-season gut check

Philly's big names and big contracts mean nothing without heart and toughness

Originally Published: October 3, 2011
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- This was not supposed to happen. This was not part of the grand plan. Teams that are "all-in" and making a run to the Super Bowl -- as Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner so boldly said after overseeing a shrewd spending spree that was the talk of free agency -- don't start the season 1-3.

They don't repeat the same mistakes from one game to the next. They don't play without urgency. They don't get complacent with a lead, and they don't look around when things ...

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