At this point, you will find very few reasonable people willing to argue that New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is not the greatest coach in NFL history. If he wins his sixth Lombardi Trophy today, there will be no reasonable people left to make that argument. The Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson has seen his reputation grow a great deal this season and if he manages to coach his team to a victory over the most dominant team in the modern NFL with a backup quarterback he will be in the conversation for the best non-Belichick coach in the league.
At quarterback, the Patriots have one of the second-best quarterback of his generation in Tom Brady and the Eagles have Nick Foles who may or may not go back to being a backup quarterback after this game. It will be fascinating to see if Foles can repeat his amazing NFC Championship Game performance against the Pats. New England’s defense is far less talented than the Vikings, but giving Belichick two weeks to prepare for Nick Foles seems like a recipe for disaster for Nick Foles.
The Eagles’ defensive line is amazing. They have some of the most talented players at their positions in the league and have better depth than any other team can claim. It will be interesting to see if the Patriots can wear them down by going no-huddle and preventing them from rotating to stay fresh.
Anyway, we will get to find out how this plays out soon enough.