Fly, Eagles Fly


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) holds his son and waves during the victory celebration after Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Story by TJ Wall, staff writer

“Fly, Eagles Fly” could be heard all around the city of Philadelphia on Sunday night after the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

I think it is safe to say that at the beginning of this season, hardly anyone thought the Eagles would be able to pull off their first Super Bowl win. However, despite the circumstances they’ve faced, they were able to defeat Tom Brady and his crew with a final score of 41-33.

The fact that the Eagles’ backup quarterback Nick Foles had to come in and take over starting quarterback Carson Wentz’ spot and they still ended up winning the Super Bowl really speaks for the coaches and the players on that team.

The birds of Philly are on an emotional high after this game. However, on the other hand, the Patriots are facing a lot of uncertainty in this upcoming offseason. Tom Brady is not getting any younger, their defensive coordinator is leaving to be the head coach for the Detroit Lions and some players are expected to leave or are needing to agree to a contract extension in order to stay in New England. While this is a part of most offseasons, it seems especially questionable for New England this go-around.

One question that many people are debating over now is “does this loss diminish Tom Brady’s legacy and/or give Joe Montana the greatest of all-time title back”? Some say yes, some say no. Personally, I don’t believe it does one bit. Brady put up 505 yards and three touchdowns in this eight-point loss. For him to put up those kinds of numbers and yet still lose the game, that’s not his fault at all. If it’s not Brady’s fault, whose fault is it? Well, the Patriots’ defense didn’t do their job. They allowed Nick Foles, a backup quarterback, to throw for 373 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception that was caused by the receiver, not Foles. Also, their defensive line didn’t even get one sack the whole game. So, I’d say their defense needs to step it up next season or they need to find better personnel to do the job if they want to get back to the Super Bowl. However, with the expected departure of cornerback Malcolm Butler, the one who intercepted Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLIX versus the Seattle Seahawks to save the game, New England will have to be on the grind to make some significant additions to the team.

For the Eagles, the future is looking bright. However, there are some questions that they will have to face later on such as when will Carson Wentz be healthy again? Will there be any coaching changes? Will Nick Foles be leaving to sign with another team to be the starter? All of these are questions that they will have to address in the next couple of months. Although, they aren’t going to be worrying about any of that for a little while because they’ll be savoring every moment of this phenomenal season that they’ve had as the phrase “World Champions” accompanied by “Fly, Eagles Fly” rings through the streets of Philly.