As the old saying goes “it ain’t over until the Fat Lady sings” but unfortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday afternoon that Fat Lady started singing halfway through the first quarter.

Carson Wentz could only survive two offensive series and took a huge head blow from the Seahawks Jadeveon Clowney and in that brief moment, the Eagles’ season seemed to come to an end. Yes, backup QB Josh McCown made a truly valiant effort to keep the Eagles in this game and to his credit, he helped move along some offensive drives and he threw everything but the kitchen sink into his scrambles for yardage.While Eagles’ fans should be understandably disappointed at the results of this 17-9 loss to Seattle, the Eagles’ entire season cannot be truly defined with one game.

The Eagles had a number of successes this year and should have some momentum (or at least a feeling of unfinished business) carry them through the off-season, the NFL Draft and into the next mini-camps.

NFC East TitleYes, the Eagles pulled off the unexpected with an NFC East divisional title on the last week of the season, holding off their arch-rivals the Dallas Cowboys and rightly claiming to be the Beasts of the East.  Under head coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles slapped together a team composed of whomever they could find as healthy players and finished the season strong with a four-game winning streak and a chance to make the postseason.Despite finishing up with a chance to go to the playoffs and a winning record, the Eagles must spend this winter and spring very hungry and feel that 2019 left a lot of “unfinished business” or “what if’s” and they must find an answer to these questions in 2020.Pro Bowl SelectionsThe Eagles once again had multiple Pro Bowl selections including G Brandon Brooks, DT Fletcher Cox (undoubtedly and rightly the Eagles defensive MVP this season), TE Zach Ertz, C Jason Kelce and LS Rick Lovato.  These players prove that the Eagles were successful in all three phases of the game since there were offensive, defensive and special teams players selected to represent the Eagles and the NFC in the upcoming Pro Bowl.LeadershipIf Carson Wentz can stay healthy, he has proven to be the spark plug for the Eagles and shows his true leadership potential.  There are quarterbacks and there are leaders; only a few QB’s can rally the troops and lead them and have the complete support of their teammates and Carson Wentz fits into this small leadership category.  We will never know how far the Eagles could have gone this season due to another injury- if Carson Wentz can stay healthy all season and the entire roster can avoid costly injuries then the 2020 Eagles should again be a team to be reckoned with not only in the NFC East but all of the NFC.Offensive WeaponsDoug Pederson and his offensive staff have finally started to figure out exactly what they have in the passing and run game “twins” of TE’s Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert along with the run game weapons of RB’s Boston Scott and Miles Sanders.  By using both of these threats next year, the Eagles should easily be able to produce substantial amounts of offensive yardage and TD’s to keep the Eagles fully in playoff contention in 2020-if they can stay healthy.

Sometimes the biggest word in the English language is two letters long and success down the road is predicated on the Eagles staying healthy all season long.

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