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5 Eagles takes after boring Super Bowl LIII

Dave Uram
February 04, 2019 - 1:26 pm
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Yesterday afternoon I went to Wikipedia and printed out a list of the Super Bowls I’ve been alive for. I don’t have any recollection of Super Bowls XXIII through XXIX, but I do remember various aspects about where I was and what I was doing for Super Bowls XXX through last night’s forgettable display of football.

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Super Bowl LIII was arguably the worst I’ve seen. In fact, I won’t hedge. It was the worst I’ve witnessed. But, while the 13-3 Patriots victory over the Rams was a snooze fest that actually made me doze for a brief moment, it did show me things about the Eagles and NFL.

1. Eagles would’ve won this game

If only Alshon Jeffery made that catch. OK, that’s a little unfair. I’m not like others that blame the loss to the Saints on that one play. However, if Jeffery didn’t let Nick Foles final pass of the season (and likely as an Eagle) go through his hands, I believe the Eagles would’ve beaten the Rams in Los Angels and the Patriots last night.

Yes, New England’s defense was outstanding, but not unbeatable, which leads to my next observation.

2. Pederson is a better coach than McVay

Can we stop the debate, please? Not only did Doug Pederson get robbed of Coach of the Year in 2017-18, and not only is he 2-0 against Sean McVay, but he’s a better coach than McVay.

The 33-year-old “boy wonder,” as so many people call him, wasn’t aggressive at all against Bill Belichick’s defense. True, the Patriots secondary was outstanding and Jared Goff was awful (stay tuned for the next take), but that means McVay needed to get creative, risky and adjust so Goff wasn’t as ineffective.

You could make the argument that McVay and the Rams should’ve gone for it on 4th-and-3 from the New England 42 late in the first quarter with the game scoreless. Instead, the Rams appeared confused and committed a delay of game penalty. That’s just one example of how McVay lacked the aggression that Pederson usually possesses.

3. Wentz is better than Goff

I thought this anyway, but Goff’s dismal performance against the Patriots was the confirmation. He was inaccurate and lacked the assertiveness you saw from Carson Wentz when he was fully healthy in 2017.

Wentz should be the happiest person on the planet that Goff loss, and did so falling on his face. Both are eligible for contract extensions and it’s not a stretch to assume one player’s deal will affect the numbers on the other’s.

4. NFL robbed its fans of a good Super Bowl by botching the NFC Championship

If the Saints played this game instead of the Rams, there would’ve been more offense, and ultimately, more action. It should’ve been New Orleans in the Super Bowl if not for that horrendous no call in the NFC Title game that allowed Nickell Robey-Coleman to get away with pass interference and a helmet-to-helmet hit.

If the NFL made the right call, the Saints would’ve won the NFC and football fans would’ve gotten a better Super Bowl. The league must solve it’s officiating problem. Referees factor too much into outcomes.

5. How in the world do the Patriots keep winning?

I know Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are a legendary one-two punch, but the Patriots weren’t even that good in 2018. They benefited from a bad division and underwhelming conference, and then got hot in the postseason.

This was their sixth Super Bowl in the past 18 seasons. How does that happen? Is it literally the magic of Brady and Belichick? Not only that, but the city of Boston won 12 major professional sports championships since 2002. Philadelphia’s current four pro sports teams combined for 10 since 1948.

Yikes.

One of these other 31 NFL teams need to do something about the Patriots winning three out of four Super Bowls last decade and three out of five this decade. It’s the same…old….thing.

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