Eagles deserve our praise, not our criticism
I understand that the fans are upset that the Eagles didn’t go any further. They’ve been starving for a championship for many years.
But hear me out, Philly fans!
We have a rookie coach and a second-year quarterback that hasn’t started a full season yet. And we played against hall of fame quarterback, Drew Brees, and hall of fame coach, Sean Payton. It’s very important to understand that.
Secondly, it seems as though people are criticizing Foles like they would criticize a five-year veteran quarterback in the National Football League. As an athlete, even if you play for fifteen years in a league, you will fall under criticism. But we should be careful in the way we deliver it. The guy hasn’t even played a full season, and he led the team to a 10-6 record. He fought hard against the Saints in the wild-card playoff game. He drove the Eagles offense down the field and took the lead. Yes, it slipped away. Yes, they made mistakes. We all make mistakes. Even the great ones make mistakes. I think we need to lighten up on the criticism and give praise where it’s due. We’re talking about a first-year starter, and look what he’s done with this team to date. It’s incredible.
Last year, when the Eagles were 4-12, everyone would have laughed if someone had predicted they would come out 10-6 this season. We were three seconds away from marching on to the second round of the playoffs, and there would have been a party on Broad Street.
Look at what the Eagles have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Imagine how they’ll grow and continue to succeed in the upcoming seasons. Constructive criticism is fine, but I think we need to focus on these accomplishments and continue to grow.
THEY WERE 10-6! At one time, they were 3-5! And at that point, six or seven wins would have been fine!
No matter which way you look at it, Chip Kelly and Nick Foles exceeded EVERYONE’S expectations this year. No question.
So, Foles is not the franchise quarterback? He needs to change this and that?
His jersey hangs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a record-seven touchdown passes in one game and he’s going to the Pro Bowl.
Some respond, “Yeah, he threw seven touchdowns, but it was against the Raiders.”
Well, the Raiders played 15 other games, and none of the other quarterbacks threw seven touchdowns against them. Why must we try to tear down his accomplishments? Why not give him the credit he deserves?
I hear some experts say, “They’ll have to work with Foles on footwork.”
I’ve seen him run. He’s not a deer by any means. But, when he has the opportunity, he’ll take off. He’s also not afraid to throw a few blocks!
I was really impressed with the players after the loss to the Saints with how upset they were. You could tell in their interviews that they were sincerely feeling this loss. They didn’t just come back and say, “Oh well. We’ll get ’em next year.” They were hurt. You could see it in their faces. They have passion again, and that is a good sign.
And I have to applaud Chip Kelly on his emphasis on nutrition, practice, good sleeping habits and on the players’ taking care of their bodies and their minds, etc. This philosophy will take this team a long way. I think this played a big role in winning those 10 games.
Take a look at what Chip Kelly has accomplished. He was a successful college coach, but coming into the National Football League, it’s a whole different world. These aren’t the kids you recruited; these men are professionals. Not only did he make this transition, he got the entire team roster to believe wholeheartedly in him and his philosophy.
Yet, people still question him.
The league is changing and I’m so excited for this team next season. I think even the team was surprised with its own success. Chip Kelly is intelligent; he surrounds himself with good people. Of course the Eagles have some holes to fill, all teams do. But he finds a way to get his team to play at an exceptional level, and the players want to play for him and for the fans.
I honestly see some great similarities in Chip Kelly and my coach, Fred Shero. Kelly has the ability to make the players believe in him and his philosophy with everything they have. The players want to play for him. Also, Kelly has the ability to take what’s in front of him and adjust to his surroundings. He’s very creative and it shows on the field. It’s rather impressive.
As Eagles fans, we need to be grateful for what’s ahead of us. No one believed me when I said it would be an exciting time for Eagles fans. Now, we have something to cheer about! We need to stand behind the Eagles and march on with our team.
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