When competing against the storied franchise of the New England Patriots the challenge is not only against the eleven men on the field but the fight is also against the mystique that follows the Patriots organization into battle.
The Patriots have dominated the NFL for nearly two decades now and Head Coach Bill Belichick, and starting quarterback Tom Brady have combined to form the most successful coach and quarterback combination in league history.
None of this is lost on Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson as he prepares his own team to face the patriots in Super Bowl 52.
The Eagles began preparations for their attempt at a world championship Thursday and team morale is at an all-time high after destroying the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in last Sunday’s NFC Championship game to earn their invitation to the Super Bowl.
To put matters into perspective the Eagles will be making their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. For the Patriots, the game will mark their third Super Bowl trip in the last four NFL seasons.
All agree that Pederson has performed a stellar job this year as leader of the Eagles. His young team has remained focused and undaunted in the face of any adversity. This focus has resulted in the team earning the top seed in the NFC playoff tournament that was parlayed into the present opportunity in the Super Bowl. The same focus will be needed for the next ten days as the team prepares for the ultimate challenge against the Patriots.
Coach Pederson expressed that although he has a healthy amount of respect for the Patriots he is not making this game all about them. He says that if that was the case that his team would be ‘in trouble.’ The first time Super Bowl coach goes on to say that everywhere else everything will be written and debated about all things pertaining to the Patriots but in Philadelphia, especially at the Eagles’ practice facility it is all about ‘us.’
When Coach Pederson was questioned about what he respects most about the Patriots he said that it was the resiliency they had shown on so many occasions. He then explained that one could look to last week’s comeback when against the Jacksonville Jaguars as the latest example of this trait in the Patriot’s team.