Wish List

Posted: November 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 5 Comments »

When I started following the Eagles about 100 years ago, I wanted to see the team win a Super Bowl. It wasn’t a life or death desire. That only comes with time, and lots of miserable losses and bitter ends to promising seasons.

I put in my years (more like decades) of suffering and then was finally rewarded in 2017 when the Eagles won it all. That glorious day made the pain of 1994, 1998, 2005 and 2012 worth it.

Does that mean my wish list is complete? No, not even close.

As a fan, you focus on the Super Bowl but other things arise. As the Dallas dynasty was at its peak in the early 90’s, I wanted two things. Beat Dallas and keep Emmitt Smith under 100 yards. Neither happened all that much, but it did give me something to cheer for.

Those of you who have followed my writing for a while know that I obsess on shutouts. The Eagles shut out Washington to close the 2018 season. Before that you have to go back to a 2014 game vs the Giants. Before that…you go back to the Ray Farmer game vs the Giants in 1996. Farmer was a rookie LB and played the game of his life. He had 2 FFs, 1 FR, a sack and an INT in the 24-0 win.

Shutouts were common in the Buddy Ryan/Bud Carson days, but have been a rarity since then.

Beating Dallas is still a regular goal, but over time, other teams joined the list. After losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2004, beating them became a must. It didn’t happen until 2015, but that was sweet. It was important to beat the Pats with Bill Belichick as coach and Tom Brady as the QB. That got even sweeter when the Eagles beat them in Super Bowl LII.

The Colts dominated the Eagles in 1996 (37-10) and again in 1999 (44-17). Beating the Colts and Peyton Manning, who joined the team in 1998, became important to Eagles fans. There were ugly losses in 2002 and 2006. Finally in 2010, the Eagles beat Peyton and Indy. It was just a regular season 26-24 win, but it felt like a landmark game to those of us who had suffered through the blowouts.

Enough of the past.

So what are some things on my list now?

I’d love to see the Eagles have the #1 defense at the end of a season. Heck, I’d settle for being #1 late in the season. The team finished 3rd in 2008 and 2017, but hasn’t been the top dog since 1991’s legendary Gang Green unit.

I want a stud LB. He doesn’t have to be an elite player like Seth Joyner. Just give me a LB who is a legit Pro Bowl player and playmaker. Look at young guys like Fred Warner in SF or Darius Leonard in Indy. I’d kill for someone like that in the middle of the Eagles defense. We’ve been teased by good seasons (Jordan Hicks in 2016, Stewart Bradley in 2008, Shawn Barber in 2002), but Jeremiah Trotter was the only guy to have multiple good years and his tenure was broken up by a nasty contract dispute.

There aren’t a lot of grudges for me right now. I’ve seen the Eagles beat Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees and Big Ben. I’ve seen them beat Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt, George Kittle, Khalil Mack and Von Miller.

There is one group that I’m dying to see the Eagles beat…the Seahawks. I hate Pete Carroll with a passion. I hate Russell Wilson with a passion. I hate D.K. Metcalf. I hate their stupid uniforms. I hate their obsession with “12”.

The last time the Eagles beat Seattle was way back in 2008. Doug Pederson was working as a roadie for Nickelback. Carson Wentz hadn’t even been born. Greg Ward was in his first year on the Eagles practice squad. That really was a long time ago.

Wilson has tortured the Eagles over and over and over since coming to the NFL. There have been blowout losses, close losses and ugly losses. All losses. Even the 2017 Eagles couldn’t manage to beat Seattle.

Winning on Monday night would take some of the sting out of the miserable season. At this point, you have to find joy in the little things and beating Wilson, Carroll and the evil Seahawks would put a big smile on my face.

Asking for a shutout would probably be a bit greedy…

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