The Philadelphia Eagles are no longer undefeated, but they are still one of the best teams in the league.
And they should take that and run with it.
It’s hard to go undefeated in the regular season. It’s even harder to do that and then go undefeated in the postseason. As we all know, only one team has done that, so shout out to the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
I know a lot of Eagles fans will wake up after Monday night’s loss and just feel miserable about what they watched the night before, but they shouldn’t.
Every good team has a game like this. Every good team has a game where they just can’t get anything to go their way, and still almost win. I know almost doesn’t really matter, but that is exactly how Monday night was for the Eagles.
Naturally, a lot of Eagles players are upset after getting beat by their division foe the Washington Commanders. Of course, no one wants to lose.
Then add in that they lost for the first time this season, and it’s easy to see why the loss is even worse.
Philly’s hopes and dreams of being the next “perfect” team are over.
There’s a lot of blame to go around, head coach Nick Sirianni said one thing that I’m sure resonated with all of the players after the loss.
“We started 8-0 together. We lost this game together. We’ll move on together, and we will get better from this,” Sirianni said in the post-game press conference.
“We lost it together. Offense, defense, special teams, coaching. We lost it together,” Sirianni said.
There is a togetherness with this squad, that, yeah, you may think every team has, but it’s not like this. Every team may have something similar, but starting the season 8-0 will bring you closer together than most teams are. Losing that first one, and having your coach preach a message like this, will bring you even closer together than that.
He is right too. Not one person lost that game for them. It wasn’t on Brandon Graham for having a late hit penalty on the quarterback with a minute left.
It wasn’t on Jalen Hurts for having an interception, Quez Watkins for fumbling, or Dallas Goedert for fumbling.
There were so many things that went into this loss, all of which were team things.
Sirianni let his team know that they are still together. They may not have that goal anymore of having the perfect season, but who’s to say winning the Super isn’t perfect in itself?
This message should absolutely fire up the players. In fact, I’d be surprised if it didn’t. When you hear your coach talk like that, it should make you want to run through a brick wall.
“You know what, they won,” Brandon Graham said after the game. “For me, I just want to make up for it by what I do next week, and how I respond. I’m going to take that one on the chin. Of course, we are all going to just flush it and move on but I’m definitely going to take that one and so next time I don’t let the team down in a situation like that.”
Sirianni has set a standard of how the culture in Philadelphia should be. We all know about the “dawg mentality” that they like to show. But family is important too. For the first time all season, the Eagles showed adversity.
And, for the first time all season, they were forced to show their togetherness during adversity.
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