Eagles coach Doug Pederson addressed the mystique of the Patriots on Thursday, Tim McManus of ESPN reports.
“That’s obviously a real question, that’s a real issue that you have,” he said. “These guys have been there, they’ve done it, they’ve proven it time and time again. My biggest focus with the team is let’s just focus on today, let’s just win today, let’s get better today, and we’ll worry about that when we get to the game.”
“Obviously it’s a credit to what the Patriots have done and their careers and their history and everybody is trying to win championships like that, but we’ve just got to focus on today.”
The Eagles held their first practice of the week Thursday in preparations for Super Bowl LII. They are rolling in with a head of steam, having dismantled the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game to set up a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. This is just the Eagles’ third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, while the Patriots are making their third appearance in four years.
Pederson was asked how he can ensure that his players aren’t mentally impacted by the mystique of the “larger than life” Patriots.
“You know what? If I make this all about them, we’re in trouble,” he said. “Honestly, we’re in trouble. Everything’s going to be written about it — everything has been written about it — talked about it, debated, and it’s about us. I’ll keep saying that. It’s about what we do and how well we execute and I can’t worry about that.”
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