A simple question about battling potential complacency evoked a thoughtful response, as usual, from Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins on Monday.
"I think the biggest thing is understanding that this team is going to be different than last year's team. We have new guys. Just the dynamics of it all is different, so we can't expect to have those same results by just walking on the field," he said. "You have to treat 13-3 the same as being 9-7. That same mentality that we had last year has got to be the same way we approach this year.
"And that's going to be a difficult thing to do when you've got a Super Bowl sign in your locker room."
Well, that's not the case anymore.
Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro reported during the telecast of Thursday night's preseason win over the Jets that the Super Bowl LII Champions sign has been removed from the locker room at the NovaCare Complex. Head coach Doug Pederson met with his players committee and listened to what the group thought of the matter.
"I think that's good," said tackle Lane Johnson after the win over the Jets. "I got kind of annoyed looking at it every day. Hey, we won one. It's great. It's terrific for the city, but as far as a new year I think it's good to be fresh with our approach."
The Eagles have to turn the page as the regular season opens next Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field in a rematch with last year's Divisional Round opponent, the Atlanta Falcons.