Eagles removing Super Bowl champion sign in locker room
The Philadelphia Eagles are planning to remove all Super Bowl champion signs from their locker room before the 2018 season begins, per Chris McPherson of the team’s website.
The Eagles outplayed the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII to secure their franchise’s lone Super Bowl title in its 85 year history (they won three NFL championships prior to the Super Bowl era).
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has made public statements saying he hates seeing the Super Bowl champion signs in the locker room. The team hopes to avoid the Super Bowl hangover that has plagued so many teams over the years. As everyone knows, it’s very hard to make it back to the big show in consecutive years. The birds are feeling pressure to live up to expectations.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson called complacency “the number one evil in our sport” in an interview with Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams.
The Eagles have seen their fair share of injuries throughout the preseason and look beaten up heading into Week 1. After beating the New York Jets 10-9 in their preseason finale Thursday night, they need all the rest they can get before taking on the Atlanta Falcons to kickoff their schedule. The team is expected to be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey for the first two weeks and have yet to decide on who will be under center to begin the season. Nick Foles has looked shaky and Carson Wentz has not been cleared for contact.
The first half of their season features matchups with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Philly wants to avoid resting on their laurels by being content with one championship. They’ll need to maintain their hunger as birds of prey as they chase another ring.