We're all over the map with Roob's 10 Random Eagles Super Bowl Observations Volume 5.
We've got a Jim McMahon comment from a quarter century ago, Zach Ertz talking Gronk, the Patriots' shaky run defense, the obligatory mind-boggling Nick Foles Stat of the Day and lots more.
Don't forget, we've got 10 random observations every day until kickoff. Heck, we might keep it up until next year's Super Bowl!
1. Watching the Eagles’ muted celebrations in the locker room after the Falcons and Vikings wins, I was reminded of a comment that McMahon made in 1992 ago after the Eagles beat the Saints in a wild-card game at the Superdome. Seven years earlier, McMahon had led the Bears to the Super Bowl title over the Patriots in the same stadium. He wasn’t speaking to anybody in particular but as he sat in his locker, he barked out, “It ain’t no fun till you win ‘em all.” That team got killed by the Cowboys a week later. Celebrating seems to be the farthest thing from this team’s mind. They seem to get exactly what McMahon was talking about. They understand that they haven't accomplished anything yet, and that will serve them well in Minneapolis.
2. My prediction for the 10 Eagles players who will draw the biggest media crowds at the Media Night frenzy Monday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul: 1) Foles, 2) Malcolm Jenkins, 3) Chris Long, 4) Lane Johnson, 5) Ertz, 6) LeGarrette Blount, 7) Fletcher Cox, 8) Brandon Graham, 9) Jason Kelce, 10) Jay Ajayi.
3. Patrick Chung is one of the oddest stories in this whole Eagles-Patriots storyline. Chung spent his first four years with the Patriots, then signed a three-year deal with the Eagles in 2013 and had a disastrous season. The Eagles released him the same day they signed Jenkins, and Chung quickly re-signed with the Patriots and has played at a very high level the last four seasons. Bill Belichick doesn't make a lot of mistakes, but he blamed himself for letting Chung leave after the 2012 season. "We took the guy in the second round, but for a combination of reasons — I'd say a big part of it mistakes that I personally made — it didn't work out the way that we hoped it would," Belichick said this week. "But we got it right the second time. I think we've been able to utilize him. I wish we had been able to do that when we initially got him, but it didn't work out that way. Like I said, I think we finally got it right."
4. The most passing yards by any quarterback in any game in the city of Minneapolis over the last 15 years? Foles, 428, in 2013. AN OMEN!
5. Mind-Boggling Nick Foles Stat of the Day: Foles has played in three playoff games and has completed at least 69 percent of his passes with no interceptions in all three. In NFL history, the only quarterbacks with more career performances in the postseason completing 69 percent of their passes with no interceptions are Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and Matt Ryan, with four each. Only Foles, Montana and Ryan have done it three games in a row.
6. I wish Shady were a part of this whole thing. Dangit, Chip.
7. I asked Fletcher Cox Friday what his reaction was to people doubting the sincerity of his statement on Thursday that he's never watched a Super Bowl. He responded, "I don't give a [bleep] what people think of me and I don't give a [bleep] what people say about me and I don't give a [bleep] what people write about me. All I care about is that there's nobody out there who can block me 1-on-1." Gotta love Fletch.
8. Ertz made his first Pro Bowl this year and will play in his first Super Bowl a week from Sunday. Pretty good season. But he spoke reverentially this week about the best tight end in the game — Rob Gronkowski: "That guy has been doing it for a long time. His second year in the league, he set the record for touchdowns from the tight end position (with 17) and yards — I think it’s at 1,327. So he set pretty much every tight end record out there. The guy is a physical specimen. He’s a freak, he’s able to use his body. He obviously has a very good quarterback throwing him the ball, but he would still be producing those numbers with or without Tom Brady. I’ve definitely learned a lot from him. He’s a beast after the catch. He’s able to use his body whenever he wants to get open. Even when he’s not open, the frame that he has and the ball skills that he has [help him get open]. So he’s definitely someone that’s been the pre-eminent tight end in this league for a long time and an unbelievable player." For the record, Ertz and Gronk rank sixth and ninth in NFL history among tight ends after five seasons with 321 and 308 catches.
9. The Patriots allowed 4.7 yards per carry this year, second worst in the NFL during the regular season. Only two teams in NFL history have ever allowed that high a rushing average and won a Super Bowl — the 1997 Broncos and 2006 Colts. The Eagles ranked fourth in rushing average (4.5) and third in rushing yards per game (132). Bottom line: I think the Eagles can run it down the Patriots' throats.
10. This is amazing: Foles is the first quarterback to win two games in the same postseason after starting three or fewer regular-season games in 25 years. The last to do it? Would you believe it's Frank Reich, now Foles’ offensive coordinator?