Dilfer: The Eagles Celebrated Too Long

There's Super Bowl hangover – and then there's the Philadelphia Eagles

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November 19, 2018 - 10:42 am

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There’s Super Bowl hangover, and then there’s the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6), who have lost three of four and got waxed in New Orleans on Sunday. 

The Saints bludgeoned Philly, 48-7, in the Superdome, as Carson Wentz finished with 156 passing yards and three interceptions.

Is Wentz responsible for the Eagles’ struggles, or is something else at play?

“They’ve all been part of the problem,” Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer said on The DA Show. “You don't play this bad after winning a Super Bowl without having everyone a little culpable.”

The Eagles started 1-0 and 2-1, but it’s been a disaster ever since. They’re 2-5 in their last seven games, with the only wins coming against the Giants (3-7) and Jaguars (3-7)

“They celebrated too long,” Dilfer said. “They didn’t press the reset button fast enough. I didn’t get the chance to repeat in Baltimore, but I’ve talked to a lot of buddies that either had a chance to repeat and didn’t do it well – kind of like the Eagles – or had a chance to repeat or make a run and really made a solid run. Every answer has been consistent: The guys that didn’t have success, they poured perfume on themselves and celebrated for too long. They didn’t re-create the edge it takes to make a run in the NFL. 

“The guys that did do it well, the teams that did do it well, their coaches, their management, their team leaders were wise enough that even before they got back in the building in March – in February, it was already about next season,” Dilfer continued. “‘We’re done talking about the Super Bowl. We’re done talking about what we accomplished. It’s all about having to earn it again.’”

Simply saying that, though, isn’t enough; players have to actually believe it – and act on it.

“It’s a mindset,” Dilfer said. “It’s an edge that has to be created, whether it’s freshman basketball or whether it’s the NFL or whether it’s World Cup soccer. To be really good the next year you have to understand it had nothing to do with the year before.”

Dilfer spent time with the Eagles this summer – and saw the red flags firsthand.

“They were still partying it up,” he said. "They were still talking about it. They were still living the glory of the Super Bowl and didn’t press the reset button fast enough. So I think that’s the biggest issue.”

But not the only issue.

“Losing Frank Reich is a big deal,” Dilfer said. “It’s a huge deal – not a little deal, but a huge deal. He’s one of the great coaches in the NFL, they lose him late, and they have to adjust to that – and they haven’t done a great job of that. They lose John DeFilippo, the other offensive coach that’s a really good coach.”

Reich, who served as Eagles offensive coordinator, is now the head coach in Indianapolis, while DeFilippo, who served as Eagles quarterbacks coach, is now the offensive coordinator in Minnesota.

“And they’ve had injuries,” Dilfer said of the Eagles. “They have been banged up. That’s a real thing, and I think that contributes to it. So it’s kind of a perfect crap-storm they faced, but part of it, they brought on themselves by not pressing the reset button fast enough.”

The Eagles will try to right the ship at home against the Giants this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.