Jason Kelce: Expectations are f—ing nothing

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Center Jason Kelce has been one of the Eagles’ heart-and-soul players for years, perhaps best illustrated by his legendary speech at Philadelphia’s championship parade after winning Super Bowl LII.

But on Wednesday, he once again delivered a strong message to his team — though this time it was through the media. Kelce was first asked about having a greater comfort level with Nick Sirianni entering the head coach’s second season. Kelce began by saying it’s natural for the team to be more comfortable in Year Two of any system.

“But to be honest, I don’t like comfort. I think comfort is a fucking terrible place to be if you are in this league,” Kelce said, via Eliot Shorr-Parks of SportsRadio 94 WIP. “I know everybody expects us to be Super Bowl champions in Philadelphia right now and I think that can definitely happen. But it isn’t going to happen being comfortable, I can guarantee you that.

“It is going to happen respecting your opponents, it is going to happen respecting the game, and understanding if you don’t go out there and fucking work every single day, if you don’t go out there with the mindset that there are things we need to work on and improve on even single day — you don’t get to that mindset being comfortable. So I hope he is not comfortable. I hope he is very uncomfortable.”

Kelce later discussed the Eagles’ raised expectations for 2022 after making the postseason last year and making several high-profile improvements.

“I think when the expectations are high you tend to let little things go,” Kelce said. “After a win, the tape gets assessed differently. After a loss, the tape gets critical very, very much because people start feeling it. You have to improve everything when you lose. After a win it is like ‘Eh well was that a bad play, it was 50/50, eh.’ It goes a little bit by the wayside.

“I think when you are expected to do well organizationally, player-wise, team wise, coaching wise, all of those little things start to be like, ‘Eh, we’ll get that fixed.’ As opposed to when the expectations are low it is, ‘We have to fix everything right fucking now otherwise we are getting fired. Otherwise, people are going to be on the streets.’

“I think we have enough older guys around this building, I think we have enough executives, coaches, or players to understand that expectations are just that — they are fucking nothing.  And we have to go out there and play. We have to go out there. And the moment you are comfortable in this league, somebody is coming for you. We got Mr. T in Rocky III. He is going to be hunting us every single week. We haven’t won fucking nothing yet. We aren’t even the champion. So we better work our asses off.”

High expectations or not, it’s difficult to think the Eagles won’t work to fulfill their potential as long as Kelce is around.

28 responses to “Jason Kelce: Expectations are f—ing nothing

  1. I don’t get the hype for the Eagles, they are a team that is still in need of a QB. 9-8 team at best.

  2. Now THAT’S veteran leadership. Kelsey, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson and Fletcher Cox will keep the talented young guys focused and hungry.

    Now it’s all up to Hurts.

  3. He is this generations Dawkins, obviously he doesn’t censor himself like Dawk used to, but he’s the cornerstone of the team.

  4. So the eagles were 9-8 last year with a lot of young guys at key positions that are now more experienced and they added a bunch of good talent on top of that. You don’t think they’ll improve at all? Not even one game better? You’re lying to yourself.

  5. Vikings4Life says:
    September 7, 2022 at 6:08 pm
    I don’t get the hype for the Eagles, they are a team that is still in need of a QB. 9-8 team at best.
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    The Eagles went 9-8 last season and added talent since then. As long as they beat the Cowboys!

  6. Kelce is right. Gotta prove it on the field. Philly media does the team no favors by hyping them up.

  7. Youknowimright says:
    September 7, 2022 at 8:42 pm
    Jason kelce was the starting center for the luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL

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    Suoerbowl was in 2018. It’s 2022 and you’re still bitter. That’s sad

  8. Dude is still crying about SB LII in 2022. Its almost like it was the SB won where the opposing team scored more than any other SB team that lost. The Eagles were the most deserving SB team of all time because they earned it on the field vs a 500+ yard Brady.

  9. Youknowimright says:
    September 7, 2022 at 8:42 pm
    Jason kelce was the starting center for the luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL.
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    I know you just didn’t mention lucky while the man on the other side, Tom Brady, has to be the luckiest guy in sports history.

  10. Youknowimright says:
    September 7, 2022 at 8:42 pm
    Jason kelce was the starting center for the luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL.

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    Despite you saying this in every Eagles thread for the last 3 years, that’s hardly true. But keep fighting the good fight.

  11. Foles has an out of body experience for 2 and a half games of football…..terrible everywhereelse he played, no call for julio Jones pass interference at the end of first playoff game…should be an Atlanta win…..miracle by Minnesota to knock new Orleans out….Brees would have easily beaten that Philly team……has a history of doing it, belicheck sits starring cb for reasons still unknown, bobbled td catches for tds in sb…clement was no td…..luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL. Philly knows it……how do u even count that as a championship…..like how do u count the Phillies beating Tampa for a ws…..Boston and NY got decimated by injuries that yr or else they wouldn’t have beaten those teams….so sad.

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