One of the downfalls of the Eagles late in the Reid era was too much self-worshipping. “We’re a great team.” Or maybe “We’re a great (offense or defense).”
“Our goal and expectation is to win the Super Bowl.”
And so on.
One of Chip Kelly’s biggest victories so far is keeping the players focused on here and now. Sheil Kapadia offers up more info.
And finally, Kelly explained the Win The Day mantra that became so popular at Oregon and now has made its way into the Eagles’ locker room.
“Just about embracing the process and that’s what it’s all about,” Kelly said. “I think too many people see too far down the road. You can talk about championships all you want, but if you don’t take care of what you’re supposed to be taking care of today, it doesn’t matter what your long-term goal is.
“Just really making sure that you’re focused no matter what your long-term goals are, to be on the short-term and what can I get accomplished today? Maybe we just weren’t smart enough to look long-term. We can control what we can control today and if we do it, go to bed, get up tomorrow and do it again. It’s about being consistent with your behavior and I think too many times, everybody talks about the big picture. But they neglect to look at what the small picture is. It’s an accumulation of things on a daily basis that gets you to where you are a year from now. It’s not try to jump to a year from now. It’s take care of what you can today and what you can control is just today.”
I love it. Focus on today and quit dreaming about the future. Take care of your business right now and the big picture will play out better than if you ignore today and just stare down the road.