by Dave Spadaro & Chris McPherson
A loose locker room is a good locker room and the general consensus, based on a large handful of interviews conducted at the NovaCare Complex, is that the Eagles are treating the moment in the moment and that, without question, the theme for this team at this very moment is "Keep the main thing, the main thing."
"It's just keeping it real," wide receiver A.J. Brown said. "That's just how it is here."
With that, we march on with our Eagles Daily Roundup ...
Will this be Jason Kelce's final game?
Jason Kelce has debated whether or not to hang up the cleats after the last few offseasons.
Will the result of Super Bowl LVII make it an easy decision?
No, says Kelce.
"From everybody I've been told about when you know it's time to retire or not, you just know when you know and it's going to be when you don't want to play football anymore," Kelce said. "I don't think that winning this game is going to determine whether I want to play football or not. I remember talking to Stout (Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland) maybe two years ago, I was like, 'I don't know when that time's going to come or how I'm going to know when to stop,' and he's like, 'You'll know.' He was like, 'You won't want to do it anymore.' I was like, 'I don't think that's ever going to happen.' He's like, 'No, it will happen. Trust me, it will happen.'
"(Former Eagles Offensive Line Coach) Howard Mudd, before he passed, gave me the advice, 'When in doubt, don't.' He said you can use that for anything, not just retirement. I don't know when that's going to happen. Obviously, I contemplate it every offseason at this point. I'm just going to appreciate the next week and a half with the guys in this room and all of the coaches and hopefully put together another special game for the season." - Chris McPherson
Josh Sweat: Defense out to prove itself - again
"Honestly, it hasn't hit me yet, to be honest with you," defensive end Josh Sweat said. "The craziness of it hasn't hit me. They're doing a good job of making it feel like it's regular workdays. I know that once we get there it will be different, but right now it's normal."
Sweat is a key member of the Eagles' defense, of course, and he knows there is zaniness ahead, particularly on Monday's Opening Night. He watched a clip of former Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and laughed out loud at some of the questions he received.
"I'm going to have fun with it," Sweat said. "That's the only way to approach it."
What he knows is that the Super Bowl will be the largest stage of his life and the prize is something he's always dreamed of winning. He wants this moment. He wants this spotlight.
"This is big time, and I'm excited to be part of it," Sweat said. "I know we're going against a great team and a quarterback (Patrick Mahomes) who can escape, who's smart, he can throw, and he is what you want in a quarterback. All I can say is that we have to get after him, put pressure on him, and try to bring him back to being average."
Then, and maybe then, in Sweat's eyes, the Eagles' defense will get the respect it deserves.
"It seems like every game we go into, people are talking about how the other defense is better than our defense," Sweat said. "Hopefully, after this one, we will prove to the world who we are and what we work for." - Dave Spadaro
Fletcher Cox admires Jalen Hurts' demeanor
Jalen Hurts was drafted to serve as the long-term backup to Carson Wentz. By the end of his rookie season, Hurts was thrust into the starting lineup. In his second season, Hurts was a team captain and the full-time starter, leading the Eagles to the playoffs. We've all seen how Year 3 has gone for the MVP finalist.
On the other side of the ball, Fletcher Cox has witnessed Hurts' transformation from rookie to an All-Pro at the game's premier position. The captain says that the quarterback's approach makes his teammates "want to go out there and play harder for him."
"His approach, number one. The way he approaches things, the way he approaches the team when he's speaking. He's always the same Jalen every time you see him. He don't get too high. He don't get too low. I respect a guy like that," Cox said. "Even at times when things aren't going our way or his way, you never see him really frustrated. You never see him screaming at each other on the sideline or screaming at a teammate for messing something up or it didn't go the way he wanted it to go. When your quarterback is like that, you definitely want to go out there and play harder for him." - Chris McPherson
Kyzir White: What to do with Kyrie Irving?
Kyzir White wants to talk basketball, so that's what we're doing. He is mystified by the trade request put in earlier that day by Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving - "Why doesn't he want to play with KD (Kevin Durant)? What is wrong with him?" - and then we're talking about who is the greatest basketball player of all time. My answer: Michael Jordan. His answer: LeBron James.
"What could Jordan do that LeBron can't do?" he says. "Plus, I never saw Michael Jordan. I'm too young."
Oh my goodness I'm on the floor ...
The point is, there is such a looseness here. The Eagles are treating things like normal.
"Nobody is uptight, we're treating it like business and I hate to say this, but it's just another game," White said. "We know we're here for a reason, so we aren't going to put more added stress on each other. Let's stay calm, cool, and collected."
White knows the Chiefs from his seasons with the Chargers.
"I'm real familiar with them and it's always a great challenge going against a quarterback (in Patrick Mahomes) like that, but we have a pretty good defense, too," he said. "It's going to be a great battle." - Dave Spadaro