I might be wise to look over my shoulder for an incoming lightning bolt, but losing in the first round of the playoff might not be the worst thing in the world for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Stick with me a minute.
Quiz: What has been the biggest problem with the Eagles the past few seasons? My answer: Perspective.
Fans, media and the Eagles' front office believed this team was far better than it was heading into the 2011 season, and, believing 2011 was an aberration, similar things happened prior to the 2012 season.
OK, that's in the past, the Eagles fans have to know somewhere deep in the back of their dark minds that landing in the postseason in Chip Kelly's first season is pretty lofty achievement. Losing in the first round stings, especially in a home game against a New Orleans Saints team that's clearly not the same on the road.
But losing this game is not the end of the world for the Eagles, who must face this reality: They were not going to win the Super Bowl this season. So, short of that, a win or two in the postseason might have raised expectations heading into next season through the darned stratosphere.
Is that what Eagles fans really want? Sorry, but this team doesn't have an exceptional track record as frontrunners. Right?
It's not as if Kelly and the Eagles will sneak up on people next season, but the team can take a good, hard look at itself and realize there are some holes to fill. Heck, Kelly has to improve, too, and he likely would agree with that sentiment if you asked him. Down six points with the Saints backed up against the wall, Kelly elected to kick the field goal with 11 minutes remaining — a decision he might not have made if it was the regular season.
So some self-scouting, some hole patching and some growth from within, and the Eagles could be really strong next season. Kelly might have the NFL clocked by then. Nick Foles might be — gasp — better. Who knows?
But what we do know is that the Eagles can stand to have their wings clipped a little bit. Playing the role of Iccarus hasn't fared too well in the past ... so why start now?
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