WHILE it’s true that the media tends to downplay achievements (sometimes for years), made by Eagles players, it’s just whining to say that they want to see us fail.
I’m a member of dozens of Eagles groups and I keep seeing Eagles fans who seem to think that the national media is supposed to expect the Eagles to continue what they did last year. Many fans already want our young QB anointed as a Top 5 passer. A large number don’t get why we aren’t seen as a Top 5 team. Fans feel the NFL is just not seeing how great we are. And that’s a joke.
Fact is, outside of Philly just about everyone considers our last season as sort of a fluke. Many in analysts say they want to see Nick Foles over a full 16 games. So ours is a team with ton still to prove. Paramount among those things is consistency.
>Two years ago we were 4-12, then we found a QB, and the following season went 10-6 with a loss in the Wild Card round. Now some fans here (many who expected 7-9 n 2013), are talking like we’re supposed to make a deep playoff run in 2014, and they get pissed if someone says “Not so fast”.
>Three years ago the Redskins went 5-11, then found a QB, and the following season went 10-6 with a loss in the Wild card round. I can’t recall hearing one Eagles fan say that Washington would repeat as division champs, let alone make a deep playoff run. (And you know damned well, that you didn’t think Washington would be the team to beat in 2014.)
It’s the same situation, but because it’s us, it’s somehow different. C’mon man. I’m a fan, but reality is reality regardless of who you root for; and being delusional doesn’t make you a better fan, it just makes people realize what you have to say doesn’t count.
Truth: The Eagles have never been one of the NFL’s darling teams. If we suck, no one puts a silver lining on it like they do for some teams (Giants). When we stumble, no one makes our effort sound grand and valiant like they do for (Saints) some teams. And if we wallowed in mediocrity for a decade (Cowboys), no one would care what a Papa John’s employee thought, or attach an undeserved nick name to us.
We are just not seen that way.
But c’mon people, the national media isn’t “out to get us” either. They just don’t view our Eagles through green goggles. They have no reason to overlook apparent faults, or give premature credit. (Like I said before, our guys sometimes don’t get overdue credit.) Saying crap like “they want to see us fail” just makes us look like city full of whiners. The national media doesn’t love us, but they aren’t “hatin’ on us” either.