Trotter: Can't Deny Reid's, McNabb's Accomplishments

Trotter: Can't Deny Reid's, McNabb's Accomplishments

Jeremiah Trotter hasn't had much of an impact on the field since rejoining the team back in October, but he's still a person of influence when it comes to the Eagles. We've already received a ton of reaction from our readers and the media on Andy Reid's extension, and to a lesser extent what it means for Donovan McNabb. For a player's take on these recent developments, there may be no one better than the man on his third stint with the club.

 “[Reid] definitely wants [a Lombardi Trophy],” veteran linebacker Jeremiah Trotter said.  “When you have won as many games as he has in this city, he deserves it, the city deserves it, the fans deserve it. And I’m hoping we can get one. We’ve done everything else but win it.”

“His record speaks for itself,” he said of Reid. “Sometimes you don’t miss a person till they’re gone. I remember how it was before he got here. Things were pretty bad around here, man. I remember how bad it was before Donovan got here. I know he’s taken a lot of heat in the city, but the guy wins games. Are we perfect? No, we’re not perfect. But you can’t deny what those two have done since they’ve been in this town.”

The haters are a very vocal group, but inside the Eagles locker room, it sounds like you're still going to find 53 players on message.

Added Trotter, “I think one thing players respect about him is that he doesn’t get into throwing players under the bus. True leaders take the blame on themselves, and he always does that. Guys respect that. I know sometimes you (media) guys want him to give you a little more, but that’s just the way he’s always been. We respect him for it. He’s definitely consistent.”

Hm... so all the complaints about "I need to put the players in a better position," and all along it actually might be a way of keeping the peace internally?

We couldn't have higher expectations for the Eagles. After years of standing on the doorstep, it's not enough anymore to just ring the bell. There is a reason why the organization is staying the course though. They're still close, maybe closer than they've been in five years. The players believe in the leadership of this team, and that's got to count for something.

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Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.