Not gonna lie: the last couple of days have been really tough.
This year just felt like our year, man.
It finally felt like people weren’t going to be able to tease us about the Philadelphia Eagles having no Super Bowl rings. It finally felt like we were going to see that parade down Broad Street.
And then the worst thing possible happened.
Carson Wentz tore his ACL.
Out for the season.
All while the Eagles officially clinched the NFC East by defeating the Los Angeles Rams.
It was hard to know how to feel.
Other than hopeless.
It was hard not to be resigned to the Negadelphia mentality that we are CURSED and nothing good is allowed to happen here.
“Imagine enjoying a sport in Philadelphia,” as a good friend once put it.
But then something happened.
As time passed, the negativity started to slip away.
I felt better after watching Carson tell us that the season isn’t over just because he’s out.
I felt better watching Doug Pederson and Malcolm Jenkins deliver inspiring postgame speeches after the Eagles’ win in L.A.
I felt better after seeing Brian Dawkins, the GOAT, call on Eagles fans to not give up.
But perhaps most importantly, I remembered the words of a wise man.
EFF YOU, WE’RE WINNING ANYWAY!
The time for negativity is over. Yeah, it really sucks that Wentz is out. He’s the MVP. He’s our baby.
But guess what? There are still games to be played. And it’s VERY possible the Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.
Wentz is a big reason why this team got to 11-2. He was a big reason why the Eagles have been able to overcome all of the other major injuries they’ve suffered.
But he wasn’t the ONLY reason.
It starts with the coaching staff.
Doug Pederson has been coaching his butt off all year long. To be honest, I’m not even sure if he has a butt anymore. The guy is clearly the Coach of the Year. He’s creative and aggressive. There might not be a coach with bigger balls in the league.
Jim Schwartz’s defense is tough as hell. Yeah, they’ve had some issues recently. But this defensive line kicks ass on a regular basis. They’re going to continue to beat the crap out of other quarterbacks. And if you try to run on them, you’re going to get your ass handed to you.
Dave Fipp’s special teams units have also had some issues, but we’ve seen him coach some of the best ST units in the league. He’s going to have his guys ready to bounce back.
Then there’s the players.
Let’s start with the offense.
The Eagles’ offensive line might be weakened on the left side but Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson are arguably the best players at their positions in the NFL this season. They’re going to continue to maul anyone in their way.
Zach Ertz is finally delivering on his promise and both Brent Celek and Trey Burton can contribute as well. Burton had hell of a game in L.A. Just more weapons in that passing attack.
Speaking of, the wide receivers are more than able to contribute. Nelson Agholor has become DANGEROUS in the slot. And not dangerous to the Eagles anymore, but to the other team! Alshon Jeffery has made some really clutch catches for this team. Torrey Smith is still a deep threat.
The running game has the potential to run wild all over their opponents. You think defenders are looking forward to tackling tough-running power backs such as Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount? Think again! That’s not going to be fun, especially in the fourth quarter of those freezing cold playoff games at the Linc. Smash-mouth football.
And then there’s the quarterback: Nick Foles. This is admittedly a tough one for me. But if Foles can somehow take this team on an unexpected run, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s surprised me. Maybe he really can be the Eagles’ Jeff Hostetler. Go prove the doubters wrong, Nicholas.
And then there’s the defense.
With Carson going down, this unit really needs to step up. As I said before, we already this defensive line kicks ass. So that’s encouraging. They can alleviate pressure off of the rest of the team by generating pressure on the quarterback.
At linebacker, Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks need to continue to fly around and make plays. Let’s see you actually catch some of those dropped interception, Nigel.
The secondary has done some real nice things at times this year. They’ve made plays on the ball. The corners haven’t been as nearly bad as expected. They’re going to need to continue to defy expectations down the stretch. One thing you can say for sure is that they don’t lack the confidence.
And let’s not forget about the special teams guys.
Jake Elliott can probably kick a field goal from here to the sun, if he really wanted to. Donnie Jones is still going to be kicking bombs from the retirement home. And the Eagles just brought back the dude who literally said his mentality is: “KILL. MAIM. DESTROY.” So we’re all set!
This is still a good TEAM. Emphasis on that last word because the chemistry they’ve had this year is incredible. This isn’t a group of guys who are ready to fold.
But it ain’t just about the team. The fans matter here, too.
The Eagles need you to be there for them. They need you to keep believing. They need you to show up to the Linc for the playoff games and cheer louder than you ever have before.
Getting to the Super Bowl with Wentz this year was certainly possible, but it wasn’t even guaranteed. Getting there now will be even more difficult.
But giving up isn’t an option.
Negativity isn’t going to get us anywhere.
Now, if you’re not feeling ready to be as optimistic as your fellow fans, I don’t blame you. It took me a couple days to feel better. Everyone is going to take their own time to heal.
Eventually, though, we NEED you to get on board. The enemies, the doubters, the nay-sayers, the Cowboys fans ... they WANT to see you down in the dumps. They WANT you to give up on your team. We can’t let THEM win!
And if that means being irrationally confident about a team you might not even believe it, so be it! Who said fandom had to be rational?!
Don’t be that fan who is waiting to say “I told you so” when things go wrong! No one like that person anyway! Believe in them and hope for the best!
You think this season is over?
NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL WE DECIDE IT IS!!!
WAS IT OVER WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR?!!?
THE EAGLES ARE WINNING THE SUPER BOWL THIS SEASON AND NO ONE CAN TELL US OTHERWISE! WE ARE THE BEST FANS IN THE NFL AND WE DESERVE THIS!
EFF YOU, WE’RE WINNING ANYWAY!