How Eagles coach Nick Sirianni is trying to avoid a Super Bowl hangover

Ralph Vacchiano

NFC East Reporter

When Nick Sirianni gathered his team on Tuesday for the first day of what they hope will be another long grind, he told his players the story of a heavyweight title fight that happened long before most of them were born. It was the story of a champion who felt invincible but painfully learned he was not.

“He shared a big story about Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas and how unprepared Mike was and how overconfident he was,” Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce said on WIP radio. “Sometimes he’ll say the meaning behind [those stories]. Sometimes he doesn’t.

“This one really didn’t need to be said.”

The simple point of the story of that 1990 fight that was one of the greatest sports upsets of all time is one that Sirianni plans to hammer home to the defending NFC champions over and over again.

“Nothing that we did before matters,” Kelce said. “We’ve got to earn it. We got to go out there and work.”

“Whatever we’ve done in the past doesn’t matter,” added Eagles GM Howie Roseman. “It’s what we do going forward.”

It hasn’t even been six months since the Eagles lost Super Bowl LVII to the Kansas City Chiefs by the agonizingly close score of 38-35. The pain of coming so close to a championship clearly still lingers. It could even be a motivating factor for the Eagles’ drive to get back there again.

But what Sirianni knows is that the Super Bowl hangover isn’t a myth. It has proven to be a very real thing, especially for the losers. Only eight teams have ever reached a Super Bowl the year after they lost it. No NFC team has done it since the Minnesota Vikings in 1974. Only three teams have ever won the Super Bowl the year after losing it. And 17 teams that lost a Super Bowl didn’t even make the playoffs the following season, including the 2005 Eagles team that went from losing Super Bowl XXXIX to finishing 6-10.

Not surprisingly, the Eagles spent a lot of time this offseason studying why that happens and what goes wrong with teams that…

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