This was truly a magical run. One that not even the most positive fan saw coming.
Usually this City learns things through failure, but this time we learned a few things through triumph.
1. Don't Judge a book by its cover.
I think most fans, and some local media were pretty open-minded when the Eagles hired Doug Pederson. However, no one in their right mind thought that he would hoist the Lombardi trophy in year two.
Doug didn't give off the vibe of a great coach, and he certainly didn't have the resume. He was a reminder of Andy Reid, and it looked as if the organization wanted to recreate the past.
Fans and media alike went through a lot with the Chip Kelly era/debacle. It was a rough period of time, and most people were sour on the entire organization. Any coach that they hired would have left a bad taste in people's mouths after the disaster that was Chip Kelly.
But then there were the over the top, know-it-alls that completely discredited Pederson.
And of course...
Thank you, Doug.
Moral of the story... don't judge a book by its cover.
2. Patience is a virtue.
Brandon Graham was drafted way back in 2010. Since then he has had six different position coaches, five different coordinators,and four different head coaches. Due to a slow start and success of other players (Earl Thomas, and Jason Pierre-Paul) he was unfairly labeled a "bust."
All of that is now ancient history..
Nelson Agholor dealt with the same issues. Two head coaches, and three different position coaches to start his career.
The Eagles wisely held on to Agholor, and put him in the slot, which set him up for a career renaissance.
62 catches, 768 yards, and 8 touchdowns!
And oh yeah, 9 catches for 84 yards in the Super Bowl.
Howie Roseman, it has been a long, strange road.
I made my apologies with you two weeks ago, but another apology won't hurt.
Howie 1.0 helped shape Howie 2.0, and thus a Super Bowl championship team.
Moral of the story.. patience is a virtue.
3. "Prove it" deals can work.
Alshon Jeffery, Patrick Robinson, LeGarrette Blount, and the trade for Tim Jernigan.
Each player was on a one year contract, and each player went above and beyond expectations.
Patrick Robinson, who was left for dead in training camp, was the unsung hero of this team.
Alshon Jeffery is a true number 1 receiver, Blount scored 3 playoff touchdowns, and Jernigan was a monster all season long.
Moral of the story.. the "prove it" deals can work.
4.No guts, no glory.
Pederson has frequently lived on the edge during his tenure as head coach. Often criticized, sometimes deserved and sometimes not, Pederson never wavered.
4th and 1 from your own 45 with 5:39 left in the Super Bowl?
Pederson's aggressive mindset essentially won this team a Super Bowl.
Howie Roseman's gutsy decision to trade up and draft Carson Wentz also seemed to pay off, don't ya think?
Moral of the story... no guts, no glory!
5. A team can make a miracle.
In 2004/2005 the Eagles had two hall-of-famers, but couldn't get it done.
Take a look around the NFL. Look at all of the superstars that have little or no playoff success. Odell Beckham, Leveon Bell, Antonio Brown, the list goes on.
Then take a look at the Eagles roster.
Where are the superstars?
Where are the hall-of-famers?
Doug Pederson did what Chip Kelly always wanted, he instilled a culture.
The Eagles have a healthy working environment. They like coming to work and being around one another.