The sense of excitement that typically boils over for the upcoming Eagle season is somewhere between a broken stove-top and a slow-simmer. Some fans will fault the depleted offensive play-makers that Chip Kelly left behind or Howie Roseman resuming his old role. Others may single out the hiring of Doug Pederson as head coach or trading away multiple picks to draft Carson Wentz. Pick your reason and stand by it, it’s likely you will revert to it for comfort and clarity many times throughout the upcoming season.
The 2016 season is “odd.” The excitement rests in the hands of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and not the head coach. The talk of three tight-end formations does very little to spark intrigue that that the offense can generate game changing plays.
Out of all the current storylines and those sure to follow, the Sam Bradford situation is one that puts the fan base in an uncomfortable situation. Bradford is doing his best to say and do the right thing all why knowing it’s a ticking clock for his tenure in Philadelphia. Best case scenario, Bradford is successful under Pederson, warranting a draft pick next offseason; yet not enough success that the Eagles are forced to keep him as the2017 starter.
As for Carson Wentz, it’s like telling a small child they can look but don’t touch. No matter what transpires throughout the preseason, the smallest bit of excitement for the future franchise quarterback has to be tucked away until the head coach feels the time is right.
When there are more pros than cons with the level of talent available to be successful in the NFL, Eagle fans recognize what they have. NFC East champions or finishing under the 7.5 win total is open for discussion and debate. Staying positive will be tested, but fans sense mediocre talent, and are grounded with their expectations.