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The Offensive Revolution Will Be Televised

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From suffering Philadelphia Eagles fans, to insufferable Eagles fans, the rest of the NFL world must now bear witness to a revolution, and it will be televised.

Gone are the days of the Fog Bowl. Gone are the days of season ending injuries proving insurmountable. Gone are the days of disappointment after disappointment in Championship Games. There are no more worries of having a superior team, only to see them come out flat when the bright lights hit the big stage. There will be no upchucking in our huddles. The Eagles will no longer be out coached in defining moments.

It took 58 years and a lot of pain and suffering to get to this point. The payoff, preceded by the unlikeliest of circumstances, was worth the wait.

It’s well documented that the Eagles took punches to the face all season. First it was RB Darren Sproles, then came LB Jordan Hicks, followed by the devastating loss of LT Jason Peters. Despite all that, the Eagles continued to roll. Then QB Carson Wentz went down, but nobody took notice that the Eagles came back against the Rams in that very same game. Nobody gave this team a chance in the playoffs.

The mental toughness of this team has been tested time and time again throughout the season. Each time the media declared a death knell, the team pulled together, with increasing intensity at every incidence, and came out on top, proving all of the doubters wrong.

A major contributor to the Eagles resiliency has been head coach Doug Pederson. His cool, calm demeanor has permeated throughout the team and the city of Philadelphia. Never once did he show a moment of doubt. In the face of losing his franchise QB to injury, he could have gone the conservative route. Instead, his playoff playbook blossomed into a multi-faceted offense capable and daring enough to test every level of the field.

Pederson had faith in QB Nick Foles to execute his offense with shocking efficiency. Often knocked for an unwillingness to make tight window throws, threaten vertically, and maneuver the pocket, Foles checked every one of those boxes on his way to becoming Super Bowl MVP. It was perhaps the most unlikeliest performances on the biggest of stages, one that Eagles fans will tell their grandchildren about decades later.

What comes next is unknown. Winning the Super Bowl is a tall task, repeating as Champion is exponentially taller.

With Pederson’s success in the biggest track meet in Super Bowl history, the notion of “defense wins Championships” is under serious fire. Front offices will be quick to borrow, if not outright steal, the concepts utilized to produce such an outpouring of offense. If Pederson’s system, a perfect balance of the college spread and West Coast offense, can turn Nick Foles into a Super Bowl MVP, why wouldn’t owners put stress on its general manager’s to find the next Pederson? Coaches that fail to adapt will likely turn to dust in this new age of offense.

Much like how every team wanted to have their own Legion of Boom, with a rangy centerfielder, a thumping box safety, and physical press corners, the new revolution in the NFL will happen on the other side of the ball. How will defenses adapt to a system whose core principle is ensuring the defense is always wrong?

While teams scramble to figure out how to stop the Eagles offense while simultaneously trying to copy it, the Eagles will be at the forefront of the revolution. The Eagles Super Bowl win felt like a passing of the torch and the beginning of a new dynasty. While there are many trials ahead, Pederson has shown the creativity, confidence, and resiliency that would suggest he will ultimately come out on top.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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