5 more days. 5 more days until we find ourselves on the RIGHT side of history. On the right side of sending the Evil Empire packing for good. A change of the guard is upon us. Much like a young Tom Brady beating the Greatest Show on Turf in the ’01 season Bowl, kicking off almost two decades of excellence, the Eagles find themselves in a similar spot this Sunday. Brady is 40, still at the top if his game, but Father Time takes a major tick this weekend. The Eagles have an MVP QB … who ISN’T EVEN PLAYING THIS WEEKEND! And a coach that will grow with him. Bright days ahead, boys and girls.
Day 6 Jersey: Hugh Douglas
Hugh Lamont Douglas played 6 seasons for the ‘Birds, culminating in a final Swann song in the failed Super Bowl run of 2004. But Hugh is most important for another reason for which he earns a finalist slot in our 6 Days of Super Eagles, Day 5 Jersey: He reversed the curse of inept pass rushers that the Eagles tried in vain to acquire ever since the heralded Reggie White days. How can we forget such luminaries as Brandon Whiting, Juqua Parker, Jerome McDougal, Jon Harris, and the epitome of the era, Mike “Almost Got There” Mamula? With the brief exception of William Fuller, the position was a dumpster fire by anyone’s standards. The Hughster reversed this trend, and was arguably THE catalyst to a revamped defense that took us to the precipice of greatness 13 years ago.
Day 5 Reason for Eagle Victory: Familiarity
This reason could end with one sentence: Each side has two players that has played with the other team – the Eagles have Legarrette Blount and Chris Long … two MAJOR pieces of the ‘Birds success in ’17; the Pats have Patrick Chung and Eric Rowe – two Jabrones that the Eagles cut due to SUCKING! Add the fact that Blount (offense) and Long (defense) have both sides of the field covered, you cannot deny, Advantage: EAGLES
You can’t underestimate the importance of knowing the ins and outs of your opponent. It’s why inter-division games are always so close as the talent gap shrinks due to knowledge of the other side’s personnel and planning. Look back at the ’02 Super Bowl, won by the Tampa Bay Bucs and new head coach Jon Gruden, beating the Oakland Raiders … who Gruden coached for the previous 4 seasons! So this is important, REALLY important. And bet your last dollar that both Long and Blount are front and center of team meetings ever since the trashing of the crying Vikings.
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