Jason Kelce is my new favorite Eagle, but Rick Lovato might be #2 on the list after he revealed some amazing details about the Birds’ Minnesota practice routine.
In order to combat the lying and cheating* New England Patriots, Lovato says the Eagles essentially ran a FAKE walk through to thwart potential espionage.
Lovato explained what happened during an appearance on Tampa radio station WTAE, which was written up on Pro Football Talk:
“I believe our whole walk-through was just a complete fake walk-through,” Lovato said. “We did it at the stadium. There were certain people walking around. . . . I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays we were running weren’t even in the playbook for the Super Bowl.”
But why not take advantage of the opportunity to practice the actual plays in the stadium where the game was going to be played, one day beforehand?
“We already had our game plan set all week for the last two weeks,” Lovato said. “We had two weeks to prepare for that game. A measly walk-through the day before the game, we weren’t going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium.”
I like it. Actually, I love it, because they were confident in their approach and didn’t seem to face any distractions at all.
That’s another W for Doug P, the real coach of the year.