Well, the players feel that way as well. There is no joy in Eaglesville, no sense of "Great year, way to go" among the team. There, after three weeks, lingering pain remains.
Downright hurt, in fact.
"I haven't been watching the playoffs, not since we lost," said running back
"I thought we played well together this year. We jelled and we found ourselves toward the end of the season. I think we'll be a team to be reckoned with next season. We know that Coach (Chip) Kelly and Howie (Roseman, general manager) did a great job bringing in a coaching staff and the players to get us better and that's going to continue. We're going to get better and better. The best is yet to come. I really believe that."
In 2012, a 3-1 start went the other way quickly as the Eagles lost 11 of their next 12 games.
So, the 2013 was a turnaround year. No doubt about it. There is a measure of understanding there for all. The Eagles are headed in the right direction.
"It takes a while for you to swallow something when you don't want it to end," said Mathis. "You heal up and you have a chance to reflect and you look back at the year that we had and where we were before that and it's a good feeling to know what kind of team we became. We know we can build on what we have. But by no means are we satisfied with 2013. When you lose, it hurts. And it continues to hurt. It doesn't go away overnight."
Players react in all different ways when it comes to watching the rest of the league. Some are avid football fans who don't miss a game. Some don't have the passion once their team has lost. Some, like the Eagles at the Pro Bowl, still see the Shayne Graham field goal going through the uprights ending Philadelphia's season so suddenly.
"I wish we were still playing, but we're not," said wide receiver
Only one of 32 teams in the NFL is happy after a season ends. Thirty-one teams are still recovering from the physical toll of 16 games and, in some cases, the playoff experience. The mental recovery continues, too.
Nobody simply snaps his fingers and puts a season in the rear-view mirror. There is too much invested to process quickly.
In time, of course, the players move on. We all move on. Right now, though, the Eagles aren't preparing for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. They are scattered throughout the country, around the world. Four of them are here, preparing for Sunday's Pro Bowl.
And all of them are feeling the void, as are the fans.
"It's tough, because you want to play so bad," said quarterback
The players don't report back to the NovaCare Complex for the team's offseason conditioning program until April 21. There are many days and nights to pass, with the bitter taste of defeat present, a reminder of how much more hard work every player must put in for a better 2014, a season of big goals and expectations for everyone.