Despite this past weekend at New Orleans, I feel optimistic about 2019. The team has talent and depth at both the wide receivers and running backs. With a stable offensive line, Philadelphia should be able to score much earlier in the game. This in turn will result in greatly improved defensive play.
If the Eagles had won those three close games-Minnesota, Carolina, and Tennessee-they obviously would have been in a much better position in the playoffs. I feel a that 12-4 record would have meant the BYE week and the home field advantage for the first round.
We hear about all the injuries the Eagles had in 2018. The same thing happened in 2017 but the Eagles were able to overcome them. Any idea why. All of us know that football is a business. Nevertheless winning brings in money as well. I just hope the Philadelphia front office will make an effort to keep quality players like Jay Agayi, Brandon Graham, and Nick Foles.
There were plenty of mistakes and misplays to blame both the offense and defense in yesterday’s loss to the Saints. The Eagles have for the fourth time fallen off after one NFL Championship-1960, 1980, 2004 and 2017. I hope the Eagles will be in another Super Bowl next season. As you can see, the time between Super Bowls has been far too long.
1961-The Eagles finished 10-4 as the league moved to a 14 game season. After 7-1 start, the team lost three of the next five. Beat the Detriot Lions 27 to 24 on the final game. Got no help from other NFL teams.
1981-From 12-4 to 10-6. After a 6-0 start, lost 6 of the next 9 games. Defeated the St Louis Cardinals 38 to 0 on the final regular season game but lost to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.
2005-From 12-4 to 6-10. After the Super Bowl season really fell off to 6-10. Terrell Owens really hurt the entire city. Injuries to Donovan McNabb, Lito Shepard, Brian Dawkins, and Brian Westbrook also were big factors in the teams’ drop off.