Temperatures and wind chill in the 20s Thursday morning couldn’t keep throngs of Eagles fans from lining Philadelphia streets for the team’s Super Bowl championship parade.
Schools and government buildings, along with businesses, shut down for the affair, which celebrates the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title, a stunning 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.
The parade began at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue and concluding at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (a.k.a. “the Rocky steps”).
When the parade was over, the players came down the steps in celebration, many of them holding their phones and cameras out to video the crowd.
To the contrary, they spoke collectively and individually after the big win Sunday over the Patriots about how unified they were as a team, along various fronts, at the exact same time some of them confirmed that they had no intention of being “honored” at the White House or of curtailing their activities, much less stopping them.
The lesson, then, should be that in groups as random as the hundred or so personalities in an NFL locker room, everyonehave different views and varied levels of engagement with society and the larger world outside of football … and still coalesce in the game that not only pays them well, but also constantly demands so much physically, mentally and emotionally.
“A quarterback going out on a route?” Foles told reporters after the game. “I was pumped to go over there and talk to Doug [Pederson], and we agreed on it. Like I said, we worked on it for a long time, and we executed it perfectly. That’s probably the best it has looked. So, we hit it at the right time.”
The Colts fired Chuck Pagano on Dec. 31. That was 37 days ago. That was 23 days ago. Obviously McDaniels had other matters to consider during that time. As the Patriots’ OC, it was his job to conjure ideas on how to move the ball past the Titans and the Jaguars and ultimately, though not quite successfully enough, the Eagles.
So the question of whether to leave New England to take over the Colts could not consume his waking hours, but let’s not be coy about this. It’s obvious that wasn’t necessary. He had made up his mind. The Colts stopped searching weeks ago. They were required, under league rules, to wait until the Patriots were finished losing to the Eagles before making it official.