Are You All Seriously Buying Into The Eagles Again?!
The Philadelphia Eagles are the breakout team of the 2016 season so far. They are 3-0 atop the NFC East and are coming off of an absolutely soul-devouring 34-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. And in addition to a defense that ranks in the top three statistically, they have a rookie quarterback in Carson Wentz that has been a complete stud.
After the first three weeks of the season, Wentz has a 103.8 passer rating; good for fifth best in the league right now. He's thrown for five touchdowns, no interceptions and is completing just over 64% of his passes. He also possesses an on-field demeanor of a quarterback with far more experience than he has. Which is to say, he's one smooth operator. Plus, he looks like this:
So unassuming. Those are the ones you have to watch out for.
Plus for the first time in nearly two decades, the Eagles have a head coach that doesn't look like he could suffer a heart attack at any moment. So with a seemingly reinvigorated defense, a fresh and young quarterback blazing onto the scene and a new, slim skipper, everyone in the media is looking to be the first to declare them Super Bowl contenders; and to declare Wentz the next Peyton Manning.
Here are the headlines that pop up after a quick Google search for "Eagles Super Bowl":
That's right, folks. After three regular season games we can definitively start comparing Wentz to not just Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, but both of them! AT THE SAME TIME! Apparently if you extract the most distinctive quality from every quarterback in the NFL, the resulting Frankenstein's monster is Carson Wentz.
"He has Manning's arm, Rodgers' mobility, Brady's composure, Brees' likability, Winston's youth and Dalton's face!"
It's difficult to combat this level of overt, premature overreaction while we still live in a world where Skip Bayless is one of our highest paid sports "pundits." If your take isn't hot these days then its probably not worth having. I know that, and I'm just as guilty as the next guy. But I'm not so obsessed with the next best thing that I can't see the glaring issues with believing that the Philadelphia Eagles are on their way to the Super Bowl based purely on the last three weeks.
Especially when you consider that the other two teams that they've beaten are the Browns and the Bears. Those two teams couldn't cobble together a win right now if you started the game at 20-0 in their favor. And while the Steelers win was definitely impressive, the Steelers were historically anemic in their run game. Their 29 total rushing yards was their fourth lowest total in the last 30 years. You can't count on that very often.
Here are a few more quick reasons why I have zero faith in the Eagles to sustain their success or their fans to exhibit the patience they need to do so.
1. Andy Reid
During his 14-year tenure with the Eagles, Reid was 130-93 in the regular season. They made it to the playoffs in nine of those seasons, played in five NFC Championship games and reached one Super Bowl. His current 52 games over .500 is good for 15th all-time by a head coach. He never won a Super Bowl.
Fair enough. By the time he left, Eagles fans were telling him 'good riddance.'
During much of that span his quarterback was...
2. Donovan McNabb
McNabb was 92-49-1 as starting quarterback of the Eagles. He threw for 216 touchdowns, 100 interceptions and averaged on 222 passing yards per game. He also contributed 28 rushing touchdowns and 22 rushing yards per game. The six-time Pro-Bowler is currently sixth all-time in career rushing yards by a quarterback. He began getting booed by Eagles fans literally as soon as he was drafted.
He never won a Super Bowl.
3. Nick Foles
In Week 9 of the 2013 season, Foles became just the second quarterback ever to post a perfect passer rating while passing for more than 400 yards, and the first quarterback to post a perfect passer rating and throw seven touchdowns in a single game. Foles led them to win 7 of their final 8 regular season games. They lost in the wild card round.
The next season, the Eagles started off 3-0. Foles completed 61% of his passes and threw for 978 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 95.5. (SOUND FAMILIAR?!) The Eagles were 9-3 heading into Week 14. They finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs entirely. Foles is now the backup quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. He's never even been back to the playoffs.
Sam Bradford had been in Foles spot for all of seven seconds before this started happening:
4. Doug Pederson
The Eagles current head coach has learned everything he knows while working side-by-side during his seven-year NFL coaching career with...
Yeah, sorry but it's going to take a lot more than three regular season wins for me to put my eggs anywhere near that dysfunctional basket. Thanks anyway.
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