What would make the Philadelphia Eagles 2019 season successful? One NFL writer believes the expectations should be Super Bowl or Bust.
Two years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were still trying to find their identity in the NFL. As they were coming off of a 7-9 season with a rookie quarterback and a first-year head coach, it was tough to expect a whole lot from them. So as the 2017 regular season approached, the expectations from the fans and the media weren’t too far fetched.
The Eagles could’ve gone to the playoffs, and potentially win just one postseason game then and fans would’ve been happy. That didn’t happen though. Instead, the Eagles locked in the number one seed in the NFC, won both of their playoff games and defeated the defending Super Bowl Champions in a dramatic shootout that came down to the wire.
Suddenly, the bar would be raised so high that just making it to the playoffs and winning a postseason game isn’t as satisfying. In 2018, the Eagles were able to get back to the playoffs, but they couldn’t get past the divisional round. Nobody overreacted as the Super Bowl win from the previous year was still fresh. However, the city of Philadelphia is growing hungry for more.
NFL.com writer Adam Rank recently put together an outlook for the Eagles 2019 season. He highlighted certain factors we all know and could surely agree with. Yes, Wentz needs to stay healthy and play consistently well in order to appear in his first playoff game. And despite what the power rankings say, Doug Pederson is easily one of the best coaches in the league.
After an offseason where the Eagles made a few upgrades through free agency and the draft, they might be one of the most talented, all-around teams in the NFL once again. So with that assessment, what’re the expectations from Rank in his Eagles profile?
Super Bowl or Bust?
“For 2019 to be a successful season, the Eagles MUST win the Super Bowl,” Rank typed out before his closing paragraph. “There are some good teams in the NFC, but the Eagles have one of the top rosters (if not the best) in the NFL right now. They are taking a slight leap of faith by going with Wentz, but it feels like the right move to me. Philadelphia is not only going to be a contender for the Super Bowl this season, but for some time to come.”
Hmm, “Super Bowl or Bust” sounds like something former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb would say. Guess what though? It’s hard to disagree. The Eagles took various gambles by adding veterans who are in their 30s, in an attempt to bring in experience for winning now, rather than building for the future. That’s not to say that the Eagles don’t have reliable young assets, but they didn’t acquire a ton of guys through the NFL Draft as of late.
The window to create a Super Bowl-winning dynasty is smaller than you think — and the Eagles window is currently open. They won’t maintain this roster forever, and there’s no guarantee it will be this good ever again. 2019 will be Super Bowl or Bust, and everybody knows it.