“Let the celebration begin!” was the call by Eagles Play-By-Play Broadcaster Merrill Reese as Philadelphia won its first Super Bowl.
That is now the current state of the Eagles fan, who is celebrating something that its been yearning for nearly six decades, sharing it with loved ones and friends.
It’s something an Eagles fan has never experienced before – the thrill of winning sports biggest event, and then experiencing what took place down Broad Street Thursday.
Fans finally saw an Eagles team that understood what it took to win a championship. The saw a head coach take unconventional risks because he believed in that team so much, not to mention game-plan his butt off to put his team in position to be successful. And perhaps the best of all, they saw a front office that teamed up to make brilliant moves to set this all up.
But the mind of the Eagles fan is already thinking big picture – perhaps this Super Bowl championship could be the start of something greater.
Certainly the team is too.
“Get used to it!”
“This is the new norm!”
Those were phrases used by Doug Pederson and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman –messages that has carried down to the rest of the team.
And who’s to hold back the Eagles and their fans from thinking this way?
The team is already heading into 2018 with 19 of 22 returning starters and will look to resign guys like Nigel Bradham, and Darren Sproles, who’s already mentioned he wants to play more season next year. Among the 19 returning starters will be All-Pro and future Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters, who also indicated he wants to return next season to finish his career.
And of course, Carson Wentz returns, already ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Philadelphia is very fortunate to be in this position however, with not having many resources to continue upgrading this stacked roster this offseason.
The Eagles will have the No. 32 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, then they’re not scheduled to pick again until day three, having a pair of fourth and fifth round picks, and a sixth round pick. But having Vice President of Player Personnel Joe Douglas still leading the way, every Eagles fan should be confident every draft pick could be a good one.
But after seeing what Roseman did last offseason pulling off the trades to get Wentz and then finding a way to bring in Jay Ajyai in the middle of this season, every Eagles fan also has every right to think Roseman can’t pull something out of his hat again. Plus, Roseman has always been very cap savvy, and he’ll have his work cut out for him with tight cap space again this offseason.
Sure the Eagles will have a tough schedule next year with a big target on their back.
Sure the draft and free agency maybe a challenge with limited resources at the moment.
But if the Eagles proved anything this year – they can overcome the greatest of obstacles.
The bottom line is – Philadelphia is now a city of champions when it comes to the NFL. This organization has greatly changed its reputation around the league.
And that’s the best feeling of all for every Eagles fan.
Matt Catrillo is a Philadelphia Eagles Writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @MCatrillo. For more coverage on the Eagles and the NFL from Matt, tune in to the Next Game New Game Podcast.