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Eagles Playing Family Feud Before Cowboys Get to Town

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    NEWSLETTERS

    If the Eagles were half as interesting on the field as they are of of it, they might well be the best team in the NFL.

    They are 2-4, though, and it is hard to feel like incidents like the one that went down on Wednesday aren't playing a role in their poor start. Cornerback Asante Samuel, upset about being shopped for a deal before the trade deadline, blew his stack during a radio interview.

    "Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares? They’ve probably never played football. It’s a business and they run it like a business and they’re going to do what they need to do. They’re playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing."

    Samuel went on to say that he feels Andy Reid wants him to be part of the team, but that there's a power struggle going on with executives Joe Banner and Howie Roseman. Reid issued a statement denying any such struggle and Samuel tried to walk back the comments a bit later in the day, but there does seem to be some fire behind all the smoke. 

    The Eagles went out and acquired a slew of players during the offseason. Some of them, Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Babin leading the list, are clearly players that Reid likes and they are being used heavily. But some others, Ronnie Brown and Steve Smith, barely see the field which begs the question of why they are in Philly in the first place. That doesn't mean there's a power struggle, but it does indicate some disconnect between the coach and the guys signing the contracts.

    As for fantasy football, there's little doubt that the Eagles put their team together like someone who was at your draft. They favored big names over players that might have been better fits for their needs. Even Asomugha, one of the best corners in football, seems out of place playing in the Eagles' scheme after years of being a lockdown corner in Oakland.

    And, like all fantasy football players, the Eagles totally ignored the offensive line and linebacking corps as if those are insignificant bits of the team. Naturally, the two biggest reasons for losing four of the first five games were the offensive line and the linebacking corps.

    That is going to hurt them a lot more than Samuel unloading publicly about his issues with the team. Not that the Cowboys will mind the timing of the latest explosion of self-created distractions in Eagles camp.