For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.
Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look.
Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins.
Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins?
Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.
Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks.
There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense.
That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory.
Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.
What is definitely true?
The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.
Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance.
That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it.
Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl.
Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
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