As the Eagles begin preparations for another season, it is funny to think that with a few "what ifs", we could be talking about an Eagles dynasty!
The Eagles, and not the Patriots, could have been the team of the decade. Instead, the Eagles remain without a championship during the Super Bowl era. The city of Philadelphia remains without a sports title for 100 seasons.
But just imagine...one offseason signee not signed, one tricep tendon not torn, one no-huddle offense run, and one lucrative contract.
The end result is at least two Super Bowl titles and one NFC Championship.
2001: Why go overboard? The 11-5 record and the loss in the NFC Championship game can stay as is. 2001 is the bridge to the Eagles' run of championships.
2002: The Eagles never sign Blaine Bishop in the offseason. The touchdown by Joe Jurevicius does not happen. The Buccaneers never gain the momentum that carried them to victory in the NFC Championship game.
The Buccaneers went on to beat the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. It is not hard to believe that the Eagles would have beaten the Raiders in a similar fashion.
2003: Brian Westbrook does not tear his tricep tendon in the final game of the regular season. Westbrook does not miss the playoffs, and the Eagles are able to score more than 14 points in the NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers.
The New England Patriots will beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXVIII.