PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — During the NFL’s Hall Of Fame game last Sunday, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said he’s keeping his eye on the Eagles when asked for a Super Bowl prediction. While the Eagles are aware of the outside expectations, second-year tight end Zach Ertz says no one thinks more highly of the Eagles then themselves.
“Well first and foremost, I don’t think anyone on the outside is going to put more pressure than ourselves, in these walls in the NovaCare Complex,” Ertz told Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis on 94WIP Afternoons. “As far as the outside expectations, we have very high expectations for ourselves. I mean, obviously, the Seahawks are the reigning champs. We play them, I think, the first week in December. So that’s going to be a huge test for us, but those games leading up—it’s 16 weeks that we have to bring our A-game and if we don’t bring our A-game we’re not even going to have a chance to make the playoffs. So I think, first game September 7th against the Jaguars is all we’re focused on.”
Listen: Zach Ertz on 94WIP Afternoons
Linebacker Connor Barwin admitted he was pleased to hear Collinsworth’s comments, but says head coach Chip Kelly doesn’t allow that to get to their heads.
“Well you know, I’m a Collinsworth fan,” Barwins said Wednesday on 94WIP Afternoons. “That’s good to hear, but we do try not to think about or listen to all that. I think Chip—I think we understand that the city is excited, we’re excited, but we try to—Chip does a great job not listening to all the outsider stuff and really just focusing on this team. That runs through the whole organization and I think that’s important.”
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