WHEN all the dust had settled from every game of the 2017 season, the Eagles were the last team standing. We’d defeated “the goat” with “The Back-up”. The number one seed with the NFL’s best record, that was somehow an underdog, proved to be neither fluke nor mirage. We were the Champions.
The 2017 season is over with now. It’s done. Finished. History. Preseason has also (mercifully) come to an end. Now we stand on precipice of the 2018 season, and to be called Champions again, we have to do it all over again. Being good last year, means nothing this year. We’re starting 2018 from the bottom. Just like everybody else in the NFL.
May 23rd was the last time I wrote for you. After the death of my Mother in April, thinking about football became difficult. Scratch that. Focusing on the small details is what became difficult. A few personal difficulties thrown in after that, made that focus impossible.
Understand, I wanted to write. I needed to write. However, when I reached down to find my voice…there was nothing. Years of being able to simply summon knowledge and conjure articles, meant nothing this summer. So this is me starting 2018 from the bottom. Just like the Eagles.
Granted, the Eagles didn’t offer much inspiration. With them choosing not to playing key players, I couldn’t get a good look to do a real evaluation. So I didn’t even try to write a Four Things Preview for these preseason games. Why would I? Just imagine me writing:
Given that none of our starting skill players are dressing this week vs Cleveland, what we’re looking for, is RB Wendell Smallwood to rush for at least 50 yards in the first half. (That way he can avoid having to flip burgers three weeks from now.) Given the Eagles ultra-vanilla approach this preseason, you have to wonder how much time the announcers will spend verbally fellating Browns DE Myles Garrett, since he’ll be one-on-one with LT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Smallwood is gutter trash at blitz pick-up. (“Would you like fries with that?”)
They gave me no inspiration, so I had no words to offer.
A football season and Life. Neither is sprint. They are marathons. Like me, the Eagles still have things to iron out. Like the Eagles, I have the depth to make it all the way back. So for me and for our Eagles, the 2018 season is
Tobias gets FUNKE! (LOL)