The last 10 days the Eagles Home Page has made some references to 2004. They point to how easy most of the 13 wins were. Of hand, memory says that only the victories over Baltimore, Cleveland, and at home to Dallas were close. This success despite the loss of N.D. Kalu and Correll Buckwalter from training camp injuries and the departure of Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent, and Duce Staley to free agency. Terrell Owens, of course, managed to stay out of trouble for one very good year.
Why is the Front Office bringing this up? They are making a legitimate effort to keep fans happy and interested during these hard times. Had Philadelphia defeated the Arizona Cardinals here in 2008, keeping a fan base would be been much easier.
Eagles Lovers, especially we older fans, might have this attitude… we have been in the Super Bowl twice in five years…have some patience while we build another great team. It is hard to stay on top with the college draft, free agency, and the way the NFL plans its games…… Chuck Noll, Tom Landry, and Don Shula all remained as Head Coaches from winning in the past not in the present. Remember as well that time passes much faster as we get older.
Who knows. If the Eagles had defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 NFC Championship Game, Andy Reid might still be in the hot seat in Philadelphia. History in any endevor is always critical.