As far as I'm concerned the summer is over and football season has begun.
We are now just 10 DAYS AWAY from Eagles/Falcons at the link, and the Birds title defense will be officially under way.
I woke up this morning and I had one thought one on my mind:
I want the Eagles to REPEAT!!!
But during my 45 minute commute to work, I started to panic.
NO TEAM REPEATS!!!
Let's throw injuries, defensive line depth, the linebackers, the slot corner and all of their "issues" aside for just today, and take a look at some history.
The list of repeat Super Bowl Champions does indeed look bleak.
In my lifetime there has only been FOUR franchises to pull it off.
- 49ers in 88/89
- Cowboys in 92/93 (won 3/4)
- Broncos 97/98
- Patriots 03/04
Ok, that doesn't look great... but let's take it a step further.
The Patriots and Cowboys were both dynasties.
If you're like me and subscribe to the theory that the Eagles are building or have built a team that is capable of a dynasty, then you should feel good about their chances.
Brady and Belichick won their first Super Bowl in year two. Obviously Carson Wentz didn't play in the Super Bowl, but just like Brady and Belichick, Pederson and Wentz hoisted the Lombardi trophy in year two.
Since the Patriots dynasty started in 2001, there has been seven Super Bowls won by NFC teams.
Next season: Missed playoffs
Next season: 12-4, # 1 seed, lost to the Eagles
Next season: 11-5, lost in wild card round
Next season: 15-1, lost to Giants in the divisional round
Next season: 7-9
Next season: 12-4, lost in the Super Bowl to the Patriots
The good news is that only the Giants in 2012 and the Bucs in 2003 missed the playoffs. Both teams were cooked.
The 2008 Giants were a really good team but ran into the red hot Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2011 Packers were a disgrace. They were 15-1 and lost at home to the Giants as an 8 point favorite.
Of course we all know what happened to the 2014 Seattle Seahawks....
Come on Pete! They should have absolutely repeated as SB champs!
One other team that should have also repeated is Doug Pederson's (Brett Favre's) 1997 Green Bay Packers.
The Packers won the Super Bowl in 96, then came back stronger than ever in 97 going 13-3.
They were 11 point favorites for Super Bowl 32, but lost to Elway and the Broncos.
So at least the Eagles head coach should be very familiar with the road to a repeat.
If this bit of history tells us anything, it's that the 2018 Eagles should at least be in a position to repeat.
Here is one theory I'm throwing out the window: "Super Bowl hangover."
Look at the list. Only two teams didn't make the playoffs, and those two teams were done. The Eagles are just beginning.
I only believe in the Super Bowl hangover if you lose the big game.
It's tough to get that far only take the L, and then come back again next season to try and do it all again. Just take a look at the 2005 Eagles. You can also look the Falcons from last season. They just weren't the same team.
Of course, there are plenty of things that need to happen for the Eagles to actually pull off a repeat. But for today take all of their current issues out of the equation and let the history tell you that it's indeed possible.