By Roxaane Herrera //@rxnlzbth
Cowboys 6 – Eagles 0
There was an article circling around on social media that I didn’t even bother to read because the title itself was ridiculous. It was something along the lines of the players not sure why Eagles fans would have any doubts about the team’s chances in the playoffs. It’s ridiculous, to me at least, that the players had to respond back to the criticism from the fans.
Players constantly read the negative articles, tweets, and posts from analysts, but having to respond to the fans because of the doubts that have been loudly expressed is kind of insulting. It doesn’t show the appreciation for the hard work this team has put in as a whole.
It doesn’t show support for the head coach who I’m sure has lost sleep reviewing film and stressing over the quarterback change and adjustments that need to be made. It doesn’t show admiration for the front office who have worked tirelessly to bring a team together who can bring out the Eagles fans to games. Fans that love that they’re winning and make it to the playoffs regardless of the obstacles that they’ve had to overcome.
Of course, it’s frustrating to watch a young quarterback, the franchise quarterback, go down when he’s shown nothing but the promise of being a spectacular athlete for years to come, and seemingly take the team with him. It is upsetting that the backup quarterback has been inconsistent the last few weeks of the season, ending it on a slightly sour note. But despite the very few downsides, all correctable by the way, I honestly don’t think it’s the time to panic.
I’ve said it countless times already, this team has overcome adversity all season long and I don’t think they plan on being one of those “one and done teams”. There is too much respect for one another in the locker room. There is way too much respect for the head coach, Doug Pederson. The atmosphere that these players bring to every game they play, including road games (I saw it for myself, I went to both games in California), and the contagious energy they carry with them every play, it’s exciting.
It won’t be an easy game, whoever they play come January 13th, but I don’t think an easy game is something the Eagles want anyway. My “bold” prediction (is it too early? I don’t think it’s too early for this) is that quarterback Nick Foles will Light. It. Up. I think wide receiver Torrey Smith is going to make up for the dropped passes and will make big plays. I believe Foles will utilize wideout Nelson Agholor down the field. Tight end Zach Ertz will have a big game. Running backs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount will run the ball more than they have throughout the year.
On the defensive side of the ball, I know that the cornerbacks will not let the opposing receiver run quicker or allow them to collect yards. I strongly believe that the linebackers will give the opposing team’s quarterback a hard time and force him to make bad throws.
I am not panicking. I am not worried. I am not nervous. I am confident in MY team. I am confident in this head coach. I am confident that this team will make the best of this opportunity and show the naysayers that they deserve to be in the postseason.
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