— Story by Brian McLaughlin @
Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, many fans are uneasy about the current state of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds sit at 5-5, last place in the NFC east, and have plenty of question marks.
We all know what the most common concerns or complaints are…
“The receivers suck”
“The QB is showing regression”
“The team can’t win on the road”
… You get the point.
While these concerns and complaints are warranted, please do not forget where the Eagles were on Thanksgiving Day 2015
The Birds were in Detroit for a 12:30 game vs the Lions. They were coming off of two straight home losses, including a 20-19 debacle vs Miami and an embarrassing 45-17 beat down by the Tampa bay Bucs.
With Mark Sanchez under center, the Chip Kelly (and Billy Davis) led Eagles proceeded to get embarrassed yet again, but this time for the world to see, as they lost 45-14 to the Lions.
Getting embarrassed on Thanksgiving and falling to 4-7, with the Chip Kelly era spiraling out of control before our eyes; that is where the Eagles were just one year ago!
Fast forward 365 Days, the Eagles are in a much better state, and this Thanksgiving there is plenty to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for a franchise QB
For the first time since Donovan McNabb, I believe they finally have the guy. Yes he has struggled a bit as of late, but we can all rejoice in the fact the Eagles have a legit franchise QB. Keep in mind, there are plenty of franchise QB’s that struggled in their rookie seasons. You can see a list of those quarterbacks by clicking here.
In order: Wentz, Winston, Mariota, Prescott. Once Wentz has proper talent around him, will be a star. Can you imagine Wentz with Mike Evans? https://t.co/OKwAMob59H
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) November 21, 2016
I’m thankful that they got that first round pick back
Howie Roseman re-acquiring a first round pick from Minnesota is something I’m sure everyone is thankful for. It took a lot to get Wentz, but this team needs to continue to build and put more talent around him. Whether the Eagles can actually find that talent is an entirely different question, but at least they have the assets.
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) November 19, 2016
I’m thankful for Doug Pederson (for now)
I know Pederson has done some whacky things this season, but he still has this team exceeding all expectations. I honestly thought this would be a 6-10 team, but it is not. They could still make a playoff push and that’s pretty much all we can ask for. This doesn’t mean that I am saying he will be the guy to deliver a Super Bowl, but he has been a lot better than I thought. Maybe this time next year I won’t be as thankful.
Does he need to get better? Yes, but remember, we could still have Chip Kelly!
— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) November 21, 2016
I mentioned it previously, but just think back to where the Eagles were last year. It was UGLY!!! The future looked bleak, but in 1 year that has all changed. This season has been far from perfect, but this has been a very solid year 1 of a rebuild.
The fact pple even think this could be a game on Sunday shows just how much further along the #Eagles r in the rebuild than was expected
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 19, 2016
While there are questions and concerns about this Eagles team, my turkey will taste much better this year knowing the future of my football team is bright!