Eagles Humble The Many Doubters
Since the Eagles turned their season around, the players began pointing fingers at all the skeptics, those who didn't believe they could resurrect themselves from their 5-6 landfill.
Those who read this blog realize that anybody pointing a finger this way, is certainly justified. This writer counted the Eagles out after they lost to Tampa Bay.
The feeling was that things in the NFC were so tight that the Eagles couldn't afford to lose to such a downtrodden team and get away with it.
Subsequent losses to Jacksonville, Tennessee and Indianapolis only allowed us to kick a team more when it was down.
Most of the Eagles players say they believed all along and if that is true, fine, but this wasn't a team with a ton of extra confidence after that Colts loss in which they were pushed all over the field.
Nobody knew that Jeff Garcia would play like the former three-time Pro Bowl QB he was in San Francisco.
And the defense started making big plays, led by Brian Dawkins, a player who some (including yours truly) felt was on the downside of his career.
It's no disgrace to admit you were wrong. It's been such a crazy season. (And by the way, despite being so wrong about this team, we did predict a 10-6 season and wild card berth in the preseason).
Then again, this is no time to talk about predictions that worked. The Eagles were counted out by many and those of us who did it, have to take all the verbal abuse we deserve.
Then again, that abuse only should come from people who truly believed at 5-6, that this team would still win the division title.
We don't think there are too many of you around.
Now that brings us to the postseason. The Eagles open the wild card round hosting the New York Giants.
In the unpredictable NFC, there is no limit for the Eagles, either way. For instance, they could get upset in the first round, or make it all the way to the Super Bowl.
The Eagles certainly have momentum, taking a five-game win streak into the playoffs. What the Eagles have shown us is that it would be unwise to count them out, just as it would be foolish to begin ordering your Super Bowl tickets.