Maybe it's karma for being the only team to beat Vince Lombardi in the playoffs, but the Lombardi trophy has always found a way to stay out of the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coming off an 11-5 season and a first round playoff exit, the Eagles enter what will likely be a rebuilding year in Philadelphia.
Here are five reasons why the Eagles will not win a Super Bowl in the near future.
Eagles fans are notorious for being the worst fans in the league, and maybe the worst fans for any professional sports team. Whether it be throwing snow balls at Santa or booing Donovan McNabb, you never really know what's going on inside their heads.
They go back and forth on their players more often than Brett Favre does on retirement. They couldn't appreciate talent if it hit them in the face.
Let's throw some numbers out there: 2,801 completions, 32,873 yards, 216 touchdowns. Who's numbers are those? None other than Donovan McNabb.
After being arguably the greatest player the Eagles have ever had, he was booed on multiple occasions and chased out of town. Not exactly how I would show my appreciation for 11 great seasons.
They may not realize this, but players notice the mistreatment Eagles fans give to their players. What player in his right mind would want to go to a place where he has just as good of a chance of getting booed at home as he does on the road?
Being a blue-collar city, Philadelphia has been hit as hard by the recession as any city in the United States. With the possibility of an uncapped NFL for years to come, this would put the Eagles at a distinct disadvantage.
Due to the recession they could have to lower ticket prices if they want to sell out, and they will make less money on merchandise and other revenue boosters. Other teams will have the ability to go out and buy all the talent they want, while the Eagles budget will be affected by the recession.
Instead of going out and picking up missing pieces, the Eagles basically cleaned house and started from scratch this offseason, at least on the offensive end.
As everyone who has not been stuck under a rock this offseason already knows, the Eagles got rid of Donovan McNabb, who now plays for division rival Washington.
They also lost running back Brian Westbrook and wide receivers Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown. Westbrook and Curtis have been hurt much of the last few seasons, but they, along with McNabb, provided a lot of the leadership on the field and now this team doesn't have any proven leaders on the offensive side going into 2010.
To make up for these huge losses, all the front office has done is pick up Hank Baskett, who sees more airtime on his wives reality TV show than he does during games, and Mike Bell, who hasn't done anything since his rookie season. They also picked up defensive back Marlin Jackson and linebacker Ernie Sims.
The Eagles have some really promising young talent, but no one who can lead the team right here and now. The front office either needs to go out and pick up a veteran leader or it will be a few years before the Eagles have a group of leaders a Super Bowl caliber team needs to have.
The Eagles are in arguably the toughest division in football, the NFC East. That is in part because of the Eagles, but with talent comes competition.
They have to play the Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins two times a year and that can take a toll on a team. It takes a great team to have the fortitude and enough juice left in the tank to make a playoff run after such a grueling regular season.
The Eagles have the ninth toughest schedule in the NFL next year and as long as the NFC East is as good as it has been in years past they likely will never be outside of the top 10.
The Eagles have made it to two Super Bowls in their franchise history but have never been able to win the big game.
If that saying about history repeating itself is true, then it looks like the Eagles won't be winning any Super Bowls any time soon.
Obviously, history will not keep a team from winning, but it does get thrown into players heads and adds pressure to perform.
As much as fans like to think that pressure does not affect players, it often times does and not usually in a positive manner.
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