Philadelphia Eagles find themselves on a list their fans will appreciate

Brandon Graham #55, Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Brandon Graham #55, Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Well, at least all of the news isn’t bad. Over the past year or so, the Philadelphia Eagles have experienced hardships that would make a less-dedicated fan base throw in the towel, and while Philly’s support structure will never mirror what fan support looks like in some of these other cities, no one would blame one of the NFL’s most dedicated fan base if some of its members have begun to grow weary of what they’ve seen.

It isn’t the fact that this team has lost. It’s how they’ve lost. The reason the game versus the Arizona Cardinals in 2020 was so gratifying was that the result wasn’t what Eagles fans wanted, but their team gave maximum effort. That we can handle. What won’t be tolerated is what we saw in that tie versus the Cincinnati Bengals or the way this team rolled over and played dead for the Washington Football Team.

There’s a way to lose, and Philly’s been doing it the wrong way. Then, to make matters worse, sometimes it feels like this team is a long way from winning consistently again. Eagles fans are uncertain if they can sit through another season that resembles the last one, but here’s the question. Is that unavoidable?

It would be nice to get some good news, wouldn’t it? Well, guess what? Philly’s fans got some good news on July’s first full week. Here’s something that you might find interesting if you missed it.

Here’s a list that should put a smile on the face of Philadelphia Eagles fans.

It’s hard to ignore what we’ve just seen sometimes, so it’s natural to ask yourselves if a team that won four games in 2020 can turn things around the following season. We’ve seen it before in the NFL. Teams go from ‘worst to first’ in the NFL all of the time, and recently, two days after the 4th of July to be exact,  CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin named the Philadelphia Eagles as one of the most underrated teams in professional football as we approach another season.

Here’s some of what he said in his analysis:

"Feast your eyes on the Eagles’ 2020 season, when organizational dysfunction and a historic regression from a former MVP candidate resulted in a total overhaul of both the team’s staff and QB spot. It’s back to square one in Philadelphia, where first-time head coach Nick Sirianni has been tasked with injecting creative energy into a plan that quickly went stale under Doug Pederson. Almost no one, from a national perspective, seems to be buying the possibility of the ex-Colts coordinator surprising out of the gate, with young Jalen Hurts under center, but couple the fresh staff with Hurts’ mobility, a healthier offensive line, a new No. 1 wideout in DeVonta Smith and some decent veterans on “D,” and a late challenge for the always-open NFC East title isn’t nearly as crazy as it sounds."

Now, while Benjamin didn’t guarantee a division title, you have to consider the fact that, in a division where the champion hasn’t been able to win more than nine games over the past two seasons (and the division winner won seven games in 2020), Philly’s chances of going from the outhouse to the penthouse is very possible.

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The word is, after Lane Johnson’s offensive line summit, that Nick Sirianni has “taken great command of the team early on”. This team has bought into its head coach. They’ve bought in to their quarterback as well. That may be the recipe for some special things to happen in the City of Brotherly Love this season. No Birds fan will complain of that’s exactly what happens