As the Philadelphia Eagles season nears it’s final few games, many members of the media and fans alike place a lot of meaning in the last few matchups of the year. But according to Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis, whether it’s the start of the season or the end, they approach each game exactly the same.
“I think the NFL has done a great job in kind of switching the schedule around to where a lot of your division games really aren’t determined until the very end. Everybody puts their head down one week at a time, grind towards the end. From our standpoint, the December games are no more or less important than the September ones. The first Washington game was as important as the last Washington game and the Dallas game at the end will be. We have to stay in a focused, narrow‑minded place in order to get a win on a Sunday.”
Coach Davis continued to explain the mentality of the coaching staff and players heading into each matchup.
“Like coach (Chip Kelly) says, we’ll pick our head up at the end and say, Here is where we are. From our side of it, when you’re working one day at a time, today is all about who we are, what our scheme is doing, what it’s doing poorly, what fundamentals and techniques we’re doing well and poorly. That’s where the focus is today. Tomorrow will be a little more Arizona. You go one day at a time. Like coach says, put your head down and focus on what needs to be handled today. When we get to the next game, it’s about that game. On our side there’s not a big difference in December versus September.”
Regardless of this “one game at a time” mentality, there is an undeniable added stress and spotlight place on these final few games simply due to their playoff implications. If the season comes down to the final face-off against their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys in Week Seventeen, you can surely bet it will be difficult for any player or coach to treat it as “just another game”.