Wait. FanPulse exists during the NFL offseason, too?
You bet it does. And the latest results from BGN’s polling shows that Philadelphia Eagles are already feeling VERY optimistic about 2019.
A big reason why Eagles fans are feeling so confident is because they’ve liked how the team’s offseason has gone to this point. FanPulse data reveals 96% of voters believe the Eagles got better in NFL free agency. That’s certainly a fair way to feel after Philly added the likes of DeSean Jackson, Malik Jackson, etc. This number might be even higher if the polling took place after the Howard trade.
So, just how good do Eagles fans think the team will be in 2019? Well, just consider that 100% of voters took the over on 9.5 wins for Philadelphia this year. Kinda crazy that not even one doubter was in the midst. Double digit wins is the clear exception.
It’s not surprising to see Eagles fans feeling so good about the direction of the team. Philly arguably has one of the best head coach, quarterback, and personnel executive triumvirates in the NFL. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the offseason and it’s easy to be optimistic because there’s no real shit that can hit the fan like there is in the regular season.
Just as there are things to look forward to this year, there are also things to be concerned about. Carson Wentz’s health and performance is obviously going to be critical to this team’s success. The Eagles are relying on some older players to contribute for them. Some positions on the roster could afford to be upgraded. And so on.
Ultimately, though, the excitement clearly outweighs the skepticism right now. Count me among those really looking forward this upcoming season. Unlike last year, it truly feels like an entirely new campaign. Looking back, 2018 felt like a continuation of the 2017 season. All the talk was about the pressure on the Eagles defending their title as reigning Super Bowl champions. It felt like the offseason didn’t last long enough as multiple players entered the season recovering from injury.
Now the slate has been wiped clean and the Eagles don’t have to worry about being THE target around the league. That’s not to say they’re exactly flying under the radar ... but it’s still different than 2018.
With Wentz having a full offseason to prepare for 2019 and the Eagles doing their best to build a contender around him, it’s fun to think about what could be in store this year.
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