Rodney McLeod: We have talent, need mindset to stay on top

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The Eagles will be celebrated during a parade through Philadelphia on Thursday, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson didn’t wait to get off a float to start talking about what’s next.

At a Wednesday press conference, Pederson said that his message to the team that they need to “get used to this” and called life as champions “the new norm” in Philadelphia. Pederson also talked about it being up to him and the players to keep the less glamorous aspects of success like contract desires and endorsement deals from getting in the way of on-field goals.

Pederson’s message appears to have been received by safety Rodney McLeod.

“We have all the pieces. It’s just going to be up to our mindset,” McLeod said, via ESPN.com. “We’re going to have the same focus, bring the same energy, have the same drive and determination that we did this year, even though this is our first one. If we want to be ever better, and great, then we’ve gotta win it again. So that’s going to be our focus as soon as we get back here April 16th. We got the schedule, and our goal is going to be the same: We want to be holding that Lombardi again at the end of the year.”

While this season’s Patriots and the 2014 Seahawks were able to get back to a second straight Super Bowl, no team has been able to pull off back-to-back titles since the Patriots did it in 2004. That leaves the Eagles with a lot of work in front of them once the parade comes to an end on Thursday afternoon.

29 responses to “Rodney McLeod: We have talent, need mindset to stay on top

  1. Going to be hard, but if you can win it all despite the many injuries you had and with a backup QB, then it wouldn’t surprise me. I believe this team will have the right mindset, they have proven to be a mentally tough team. Most of this roster will return next year and they are fairly young team, they could be good for a while.

  2. He’s absolutely right, the mindset of the players is by far the biggest hurdle to overcome.

    So many get heads so fat from winning the Super Bowl that they can’t fit through the door.

  3. I don’t see the Eagles dropping off the cliff anytime soon. They seem to have a great GM (Howie Rosman) and a really good coach. I think they have a good QB too, so that’s the most important position. Although, I do think they may have Cap issues and trying to keep everyone won’t be easy.

  4. .
    History shows that it is very difficult to stay on top when you have free agency, injuries and coaching defections to deal with.
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  5. The Seahawks completely dominated and manhandled you when you still had Wentz and they were missing Avril, Chancellor and Sherman. You’re not that good and don’t have the easiest schedule in the conference anymore.

  6. No reason the Eagles can’t do it again next year, they will be the clear favorite in the NFC, as long as Wentz and Foles are both on the roster, 20 of their 22 starters are signed for next year!

  7. And that mindset includes benching the Superbowl MVP….

    and we wonder why Philly is just winning their first Superbowl? Redskins were the best run organization from 81 to 91 … winning 3 Superbowls in that span…they drafted Rypien in ’86 and he was they guy…until Doug Williams went on his magnificent run in 87…just like Foles did…

    So to start the ’88 season did the Redskins force Rypien in over Williams because they had invested in him? No…they started Williams because when something is working, you don’t change that until it isn’t working anymore…

    That’s how we’ll run organizations operate…did NE force Bledsoe into the lineup after giving him a record deal at the time? No…Brady was working. And since Belichick is the Mastermind behind the Patriots success, don’t think for a second he couldn’t have won with Bledsoe…

  8. It’s very hard to repeat, but the Eagles have 2 things going for them:
    1. 95% of their starters are already locked up for next year
    2. They have several key players, Wentz, Peters, Hicks…that didn’t play down the stretch, and those players will be HUNGRY to get theirs. I think they will be motivation for the rest of the team to not rest on their laurels.

  9. only two teams in the past 15 years have had the ability to walk thru the distraction of winning a super bowl – New England and Seattle.

    Next year is a different year. What works one year, might not work the next.

  10. seahawkboymike says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:48 am
    The Seahawks completely dominated and manhandled you when you still had Wentz and they were missing Avril, Chancellor and Sherman. You’re not that good and don’t have the easiest schedule in the conference anymore.

    All that got you was a seat from your couch..
    BTW- Im in Renton..
    #ComeAtMeBro
    #BirdGang
    #BleedGreen
    #SeaPigeons
    #EaglesRChanps
    #HowsYourViewFromTheCouch

  11. seahawkboymike says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:48 am
    The Seahawks completely dominated and manhandled you when you still had Wentz and they were missing Avril, Chancellor and Sherman. You’re not that good and don’t have the easiest schedule in the conference anymore.
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    The Chiefs beat both the Eagles and the Patriots in the regular season. But in the post season, all that gets you is a seat on the couch.

  12. From what I have read, they will be in cap space hell next year. However, you can only believe about 10% of what you read.

  13. AWESOME tackle RODNEY on Cooks denying the 1st and goal! Stopped Brandin in his tracks as he tried to “hurdle” my man McLEOD! One of top 10 plays in SB52, maybe top 5!!!

  14. Having the easiest schedule from being in last place would mean that your really saying Carolina and the rams were the easiest teams this year….i know they played the west anyhow, but the rams held that spot. Chicago was the only cakewalk game from their last year finish.

  15. ajzinnecker says:
    February 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    The Eagles had the one of the easiest schedules due to being last in the NFC East the year before. The Schedule will be much more difficult this year.
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    Thanks for perpetuating one of the biggest myths in sports.

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