“It was important for us to play hard and play well and win the game,” tight end
In the big picture, nobody is going to remember a lot about what happened on this final Eagles Sunday of the 2015 season. The offense piled up 435 total net yards, converted 10-of-13 third downs, scored three touchdowns on three trips to the red zone and started things off with a
In this game, though, the Eagles minimized their mistakes – just three penalties for 11 lost yards – and picked apart the New York defense and held just enough in the red zone to keep the Giants out of the end zone. New York gained 502 total net yards, but scored touchdowns on just two of five trips inside the Philadelphia 20-yard line. It didn’t hurt that safety
“It’s an exciting time. It sucks, but now that it’s here we might as well embrace it,” linebacker
“This is a part of the business that nobody likes,” linebacker
Another looming question is the quarterback position. Bradford ended his season on a high note, completing 175-of-256 passes for 1,959 yards, 10 touchdowns and a 99.1 passer rating in his final six starts. Bradford set team records with 346 completions and a 65.0 percent completion percentage. Bradford had five 300-yard-plus passing games, tied for most in an Eagles single season. He is scheduled to be a free agent in the spring, and those around him hope that Bradford stays. Count
“He has to be the guy,” Matthews said. “Point blank. Period. He has to be the guy. You gotta build. You’ve got to continue to grow with people. I think it goes without saying his maturation, what he’s been able to do these past couple of games and how he’s ended the season. You look at the numbers, OK, yeah, I knew he was going to get that regardless, you look at his leadership, how the guys are really starting to gravitate towards him, how they’re starting to trust him and then the reps he’s building with all of his receivers.
“You can look at Zach from the first part of the season to this part? It’s night and day. You can look at me from the first part of the season to this part? It’s night and day. So, like I said, he has to be the guy and I want him to be the guy.”
The season, then, is a wrap. Players lamented the missed opportunities and the failure to step up in the wide-open NFC East as they dressed after a game for the final time as a group. That’s the thing about the end of an NFL season. So much changes, and now the Eagles have a looming decision to make to hire their next head coach. A final look back at 2015?
“Can I just forget that it happened?” Barwin said with a chuckle.
It’s over, at 7-9. That’s a far cry from where we thought the Eagles would finish, and now the team hurtles into the future.
“I have full trust that Mr. Lurie (Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO) and Howie (Roseman, executive vice president of football operations) will bring in the right head coach,” Ertz said. “All I can do is wait and see what happens.”
Welcome to the offseason, far too early but here. A win ended it, and a team full of questions follow. Stay tuned for the answers in what is going to be another massively important offseason for the franchise.