When you see the outline of 2018 on your phone, it almost feels like a lifetime has gone by. The world has changed a lot since then, but in the world of sport, nothing is the same.
The Eagles' roster that won the Super Bowl in five years is the equivalent of a sporting eternity. The Warriors won their second championship and seemed poised to lead the next decade of basketball; Messi vs. Ronaldo was still a worthwhile debate; Tom Brady just lost the Super Bowl but never appeared likely to leave the Patriots.
Carson Wentz is being traded.
The Eagles' fortune really changed after his departure. Now, they are on the verge of victory once more, as they are one game away from defeating the Kanas City Chiefs. It would be a major turning point in a remarkable comeback.
Wentz has had a dismal career. This is not to deny his ability, because he is a solid quarterback capable of leading a team to a Super Bowl. During a week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz tore his ACL, leaving him out of the playoffs. Nick Foles stepped in and managed to win the Eagles to a Super Bowl.
The Eagles began to fall in the win column after the season. Eventually, the Eagles decided to go in a different direction and traded Wentz for a third-round pick in 2021 and a first-round pick in 2022. It became a new beginning for the Eagles' current quarterback.
Depending on the Defense
The Eagles have a strong roster, but their defense is heavily dependent on them. Their pass rush is massive and will have a significant role to play in the Super Bowl. Just this past regular season, they collected 78 sacks, the third highest in NFL history.
The Eagles' defensive line has developed this shaky defense in the offseason, which is surprising given the amount of speed they've developed. GM Howie Roseman signed Haason Reddick, Kyzir White, and James Bradberry, as well as trading for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, provided the final piece of the puzzle.
The Eagles have been aggressive this season – both on and off the field. Over the past few seasons, they've reversed a franchise that was headed for the bottom, making them a viable option for what may elapse for years to come.