As crazy as it sounds, since the final days of the Andy Reid era, the Philadelphia Eagles have struggled with mediocre football. They have plenty of playoff appearances and division titles, but the way the Eagles have been successful over the last decade and a half has been mostly about mediocre football finding the right matchups.
Mediocre football for playoff teams is usually thought of as 8-10 wins.
A mediocre era of Eagles football?
If a team has eight, nine, or 10 wins in a season, the stigma of mediocrity usually follows them: a team good enough to get in, but not good enough to compete for a championship.
Since 2010, the Eagles have recorded just a single 10+ win season. That season of course, culimated in the team’s first Super Bowl title. Surrounded by their championship run though, are several nine win, or seven win seasons.
The truth is, that although the Eagles front office and coaching staff have been among the most popular in the NFL, extended success has alluded the franchise for a long time now.
At 10-1, the current Eagles franchise has an ability to buck the trend of mediocre success in hopes of a greater prize. To do that though, the roster and coaching staff must be ready to face adversity that comes in any NFL season.
They’ve done so swimmingly so far. Top players like Dallas Goedert, Jordan Davis, Avonte Maddox, and now Chauncey Gardner-Johnson have all been listed as OUT for multiple weeks. Philadelphia has been able to make do with the recent roster constraints, but for how long will be the question.
In 2017, the Eagles were able to move past their key injuries due to the overall depth on the roster. While the 2022 team has similar depth strengths, moving past prior team history will be something that the Eagles need to get by as well.
Home wild card playoff games happen in the NFL and can happen to mediocre teams. In a loaded division and a conference that is open for the taking, securing the top seed, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs will be the clear point of emphasis for the Eagles to separate from their past history of 10-win, one-and-done, playoff success.
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