The SuperBowl matchup set last week when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks won their respective conference titles kicks off in two days. For us Eagles fans, it’s another year of what could have been. The 2013 Philadelphia Eagles gave us some rays of hope in an otherwise dark couple of years. Much has been written about Head Coach Chip Kelly’s innovative offense, and a defense that matured right before our eyes. The foundation has been laid for (hopefully) years of success under a new regime. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget Quarterback Nick Foles, going essentially from zero to hero this year with his outstanding and smart play. Maybe, just maybe, we’ve found our version of Peyton Manning. But back to this weekend’s game. Can we truly enjoy the game without seeing midnight green on the field?
You’ve no doubt heard radio personalities and talk show hosts describe this Sunday’s SuperBowl as a matchup featuring the NFL’s #1 ranked offense against the #1 ranked defense. While that’s true, there are also many other smaller storylines worth following. How will Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson perform on the biggest stage? Will the Denver Broncos’ defense slow down Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch? Drop in a Manning, Peyton to be specific, going for his second ring, and you have enough potential excitement to keep things interesting. And lets not forget the SuperBowl commercials, which for some may be the one piece of non-Eagles entertainment worth watching. (I would also expect their to be another incarnation of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl for those interested.)
If you’re an Eagles fan, counting down the days till the draft and until that time in late July when training camps kicks into gear, look no further than the Seattle Seahawks for an example of what the Birds can quickly become. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, in his 4th year back to the NFL, has his team at the brink of their first championship. Not bad for a college coach some called an innovator. True, he had previous stints in the NFL with the New England Patriots and New York Jets, but the NFL of the 2010′s in much different than the NFL of the 90′s or 00′s. The offensive landscape has changed, and more college concepts are finding their way into the big league. It makes you wonder if a highly innovative college coach could make the jump to the NFL and quickly bring a team back to SuperBowl contention. Chip Kelly anyone?
In less than 72 hours, the 2013 NFL Season will be officially over. The NFL will crown either the Broncos or Seahawks as their season champion, and then all roads will move forward to the off-season. Unfortunately, the Eagles have had a little longer to work on their off-season preparations with an early playoff exit. The best news of all is that they gave us some playoff football this year. The road ahead looks bright, and this time next year, we may just see midnight green on one side of the field for the season’s final game.