Yes, I know. Preseason doesn’t matter because it doesn’t count and doesn’t show the true potential of the players because either they’re not playing or because they aren’t giving the game 100% so that they won’t risk injury.
However, with the release of the preseason schedule, it means that we are just that much closer to the 2018 NFL season!
Last season it was about defenses and backup quarterbacks. It was calm, cool, collectiveness of backup QB Nick Foles who lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a long overdue Super Bowl trophy. All 31 teams were put on notice after that and the QB carousel has been in full swing since the start of free agency.
Just in case some of you have been under a rock, here are the QB changes that have occurred in the past two-weeks of the quarterback matrix.
After a lengthy, but meticulous process, former Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is now a Minnesota Viking. Washington traded with the Kansas City Chiefs for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round draft pick, making QB Alex Smith a Washington Redskin. Smith signed a four-year, $94 million extension with Washington, while Cousins signed a three-year $84 million fully guaranteed contract.
I have been MIA because I have been on cloud 9. I literally have not watched or paid attention to anything else other than reliving Super Bowl LII since February 4th. If it wasn’t for my phone ringing with notifications of the latest news in sports, or the world, I would have no clue what is even happening. But, I didn’t want to let February go by without giving my thoughts on the best game ever in the history of football (I SWEAR I’m not being biased).
As I mentioned earlier, I have watched the game over and over and over. In fact, I’ve watched it so many times, my two-year-old son can call out the plays. No, I’m kidding, but my four-year-old son can.
Seriously though, in the history of football plays, was the Philly Special not one of the greatest, gutsiest calls ever made?! My eyes were on quarterback Nick Foles the entire play and I started to panic seeing him go behind the right tackle because I was afraid the clock was going to wind down, but then the ball snaps, and it’s a trick play, and Oh. My. Goodness…Foles is in the end zone?? I mean, that was just nasty. Beautiful, but nasty.
I met you almost 15 years ago. Donovan McNabb introduced us and it was love at first sight, for me anyway. I thought you felt the same; I was sure of it, especially with the great season in 2004 that resulted in a Super Bowl appearance. I thought that was our moment. I thought that would seal the deal. Alas, what started was a roller coaster of emotions, highs and lows, and major sacrifices were made that tested my love for you, my loyalty to you.
I’ll admit, throughout the years I found myself questioning us. I looked around me and saw so many fans throwing their rings in my face, and yet here we were, ringless, with no sign of that changing in the distant future. After Andy Reidleft, I was so confused. I thought we were happy. But he was battling personal issues and you decided it would be best if he focused on them on his own so we gave him his space. And I trusted you with that. It hurt like hell when he quickly moved on to someone else and found success.
Sunday night’s game could not have gone any better for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 352 yards, completing 26 passes of 33 with three touchdowns AND had a QB rating of 141.1 by the end of the game.
That’s the Eagles’ backup quarterback, by the way. The same guy who everyone wrote off, including (some) fans. The same guy who everyone doubted and quickly turned away from and refused to take seriously.
Last night, Foles played the best game of his career and despite a shaky and inconsistent first few games as Carson Wentz’s backup, he came through when the team needed him the most and did so beautifully.
Both NFC divisional games were the edge of your seat entertaining. It was heartbreaking for the Saints. Neither team lost by a mile, neither lost embarrassingly, neither lost because of mistakes (well, that can be subjective, I guess). Both teams played great football and did everything they could to win. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and now we are near the end of a spectacular season.
I mean, who predicted the Jacksonville Jaguars would actually make it this far?
What. A. Game! I admit I shed a few tears out of sheer relief after that game. It was such an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end.
Not to be a negative Nancy, but I have to point out the obvious. Playing like he did the first half, quarterback Nick Foles, will not be able to get away with that against the Minnesota Vikings. Luckily, the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense came through and it resulted in a win.
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.
All wins are not equal. Sure, a win is a win and it’s a step closer to the ultimate goal. However, howyou win does say a lot about a team. Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders was one of the most embarrassing wins I’ve witnessed in my fourteen years as an Eagles fan. Have there been some prior to 2003? Of course, but I didn’t see them so it doesn’t count. We’re talking about my feelings here.
It’s been said time and time again: defense wins games. The Eagles’ defense has been quite inconsistent these last few games, beginning with the Seattle Seahawks game.
I can understand that chasing after someone like quarterback Russell Wilson can be tiresome, but there’s no way that the game against the New York Giants should have been as close as it was. Five-point differential against a 2-11 team (at the time)?!
Nothing against the Giants, we all know they have a future Hall of Famer in quarterback Eli Manning. The Giants offensive line wasn’t hard to break through and yet the defense struggled for some reason. Allowing a 2-12 team over 500 yards of offense and the Eagles missing tackles is absolutely unacceptable.
Maybe it was the fact that it was a divisional game and those are always tough. Or maybe because it was their third (and final) road game in a row and it’s taken a toll on the players. Whatever the reason was, the Eagles were lucky that they had an amazing backup quarterback in Nick Foles who had a spectacular game back as a starter but luck doesn’t win championships.
The biggest concern, question mark, and complaint NFL analysts and fans alike had leading up to Sunday’s game was the offense. Would it change? Would they perform the same as they did when injured quarterback Carson Wentz was leading them?
I couldn’t stress enough to anyone who would listen was that Foles will bring his own swag to the team. He’s not in the league just to collect money. He even took a pay cut to rejoin the Philadelphia Eagles because he knows just how special this organization is. Foles threw for four touchdowns, and although it wasn’t always pretty, he was able to step-up when it counted the most.
I am more than delighted the Eagles clinched 1st round BYE and a home game for the first game of the playoffs. I’m just not happy with how it was accomplished. It’s been a long season, a grueling season filled with injuries, but it isn’t over yet.
Head coach Doug Pederson should grill them for the lackluster way they played. The Eagles fans went into this game worried about the offense but left this game with questions regarding the defense. Pederson has been asked whether he’s thought of benching the starters for either of the next two games, his answer was a simple “not sure yet”. My answer would have been “Bench them? Bench them?! Our defense didn’t show up today and you think I should bench them?!” Jim Mora-esque style.
Having the best record in the NFL does come with a few bragging rights, but I didn’t feel much like gloating today. The Eagles of old need to come back and finish this season off on a high note.