When the Philadelphia Eagles signed safety Chris Maragos in March they knew they were getting an experienced special teams expert, fresh off championship experience with the Seattle Seahawks. What they may not have known is they’d get a surprise inside bit of information:
According to Maragos, the Eagles were the team that the eventual Super bowl champions wanted to avoid in the playoffs the most.
Speaking with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, Maragos had this to say about his old team’s feelings on his new team:
“The Eagles, for sure. That was the one team we didn’t want to play. We were always talking in the locker room and we felt like, man, they’re young, they’re hungry, they’re coming on strong with what they’re doing… They’re young, talented, aggressive, and one of the teams that we thought were really dangerous.”
When Gowton asked if that included their rivals the San Francisco 49ers, Maragos did not hesitate to say yes:
“Absolutely, because we knew them so well. We were looking at the Eagles going, man, this is new stuff.”
You can read the entire interview here. Here’s my perspective on Maragos’ comments:
Our staff here feels the exact same way about the Eagles. Several months ago Brice Burge wrote an article about Philly being Seattle’s biggest threat in 2014, not the 49ers.
Personally I think it would have been a really interesting matchup. Seattle cannot be beaten by pass-heavy offenses. The Saints found that out the hard way in the playoffs, as did the Broncos. The 49ers took the Seahawks to the limit and the NFC Championship could have gone either way. Philly would have represented a much different challenge. They run the ball extremely well, but also can spread the field and beat you with multiple receivers. None of the teams the Seahawks faced in the playoffs excelled at both.
On the other hand, the 49ers defense last year was far, far tougher than the Eagles and Seattle’s offense doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it should. Russell Wilson is at least a top ten quarterback in my mind and his receivers simply do not drop the ball. I could easily have seen the Seahawks dropping four touchdowns on Philly, but it’s all hypothetical.
Who would have won? It’s impossible to say. Maragos might just be blowing steam and pumping up the Eagles like a good teammate should, but he’s not the type of guy to say things out of hand like that. I have to think the Seahawks really were glad that they didn’t have to face Philly.
There’s a lot of football to play and anything can happen over the course of the season, but right now, assuming both teams are healthy I would predict that the NFC Championship will probably be decided between these two teams. If that’s the case then we’ll get a front row preview Week 14 when the Eagles host the Seahawks.
Let’s open this up to debate. How do you think it would have played out if Seattle and Philadelphia met in the NFC Championship instead?