Today is a rather typical winter day in the city of Philadelphia, yet it is a reminder of the magical emotions that were brought to this city now two years ago this weekend. I doubt that any of us will ever go into another Super Bowl Sunday without reminiscing the events that took place on the evening of February 4, 2018. The city of brotherly love was finally gifted with the opportunity to truly understand what it was like to be able to say that Vince Lombardi’s great trophy was ours. It seems like just yesterday that Trey Burton so effortlessly floated a touchdown pass to Nick Foles and Brandon Graham shoved aside Shaq Mason before executing the greatest strip sack in Eagles history. However, we are now more than 700 days removed from the day that changed all of our lives.
A lot has changed in that two year stretch to give us the team that we now possess. It appears that Zach Ertz may be the only starting skilled position player that remains, the entire left side of the offensive line will change, and that amazing defensive line depth has already seen its best days. Even with all those negatives, Doug Pederson’s group of men still appear to have that spark. We have all most likely done plenty of thinking when it comes to the current state of this team. There is a volatile situation that is about to potentially blow open the entire Wide Receiver depth chart, no one knows if it is truly possible to fix this secondary, and the fact that a large portion of the team was injured is a huge concern as well, not to mention the close to a dozen veteran players that are currently on the hot seat – Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Ronald Darby, Jason Peters, Nigel Bradham, DeSean Jackson, Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, etc. There is a gigantic slew of problems that surround the Eagles at the moment, but that will not deter this group of guys.
At the end of the day, this team has still gone on two incredible runs the past two seasons to make the playoffs when it seemed impossible. This team is incredibly tight knit and there is a special bond in this locker room. Players have already come and gone and that will continue this offseason, but just like that 2017 Super Bowl winning team, the Eagles are resilient. We have our franchise quarterback, one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, two dominant tight ends, one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, two great veteran safeties, and plenty of raw young talent all around. We have our core and everything else around that is a question mark, however that is the case with every NFL franchise. Super Bowl 52 may seem like an eternity ago, but if there is one thing that team thought me, it’s to trust in ourselves and good will come from that.