by Lawrence Dow
On Sunday, Feb. 4, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. The game was an exhilarating affair coming down to the very last second.
The Patriots and Eagles accounted for more yards in the Super Bowl than in any other game in National Football League(NFL) history and scored 74 total points which is second most in NFL history.
If you had told prognosticators before the game that final score would be 41-33 most would’ve picked the Patriots because a high scoring game did not favor the Eagles, especially against the Patriots vaunted offense.
The Patriots are one of the greatest dynasties in NFL History. Since their first championship in 2001 the Patriots have won five titles, more than any other team during that span. The Patriots dynasty has spawned arguably the greatest coach and quarterback duo in NFL history.
However, the Dynasty that has defined the NFL for the past two decades, seems to have finally seen its end. The Patriots will lose their defensive coordinator and now their star tight end, Rob Gronkowski, has created some doubt about his return to the NFL next season during an emotional Super Bowl postgame press conference. Not to mention their star quarterback is on the wrong side of 40.
The Patriots won’t disappear overnight, they’re already the favorites to win the Super Bowl next year and will probably still be a force for the next couple of seasons. However, the dynasty is winding down and the question becomes which organization will become the next force in the NFL?
It might be The Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles are constructed to have a dynasty similar to the Patriots. The Eagles key players are all young Carson Wentz is 25, Fletcher Cox is 27, Brandon Graham is 29, Lane Johnson is is 27, Jay Ajayi is 24, and Zach Ertz is 27.
Baring multiple catastrophic injuries the team that dominated the NFL this season should be able to do it again. Almost all of these young players are inked into contracts with the team for the foreseeable future. Only Brandon Graham will need to be resigned soon, Doug Pederson at 50 is also relatively young for an NFL head coach.
Also, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has proven that he has the insight to be able to add and subtract integral pieces to a strong core of players. The Eagles this past year hit home runs on every short term contract except maybe Torry Smith. Chris Long, Legarrette Blount, and Alshon Jeffery were all key parts of Philadelphia’s championship run.
It seems that the Eagles are in a prime spot to achieve historic greatness. As long as the Eagles can avoid a Seattle Seahawks like implosion over the next couple of seasons, there should be no other reason why this team should not dominate the NFL for years to come.