Byron Maxwell: Super Bowl talk 'wasn't a prediction'


PHILADELPHIA -- Byron Maxwell got a fair amount of attention for his prediction that the Philadelphia Eagles would be in the Super Bowl this season. That's especially interesting since Maxwell doesn't think he did any such thing.

"It really wasn't a prediction," Maxwell said. "It was more confidence in my teammates and what we could do. And what I think we should do. I think every team has that goal when they start the season."

In an interview last week with MMQB.com, Maxwell said he thought the Eagles would play in Super Bowl 50 next year.

"We're gonna go that far," Maxwell told reporter Jenny Vrentas. "You can take that as a guarantee. That's just me believing in my team and the product we're going to put out there on the field. I really do believe that. I have no choice but to think that way."

Maxwell's new teammates and coaches took that as a prediction.

"My coach, Cory [Undlin], got me pretty good in the meetings," Maxwell said. "They had warned me about the Philadelphia media and what comes along with it. I was a little surprised."

In fairness, the interview Maxwell did wasn't with the Philadelphia media. It was with a national website. But when any player, anywhere, makes a bold claim, it is bound to draw attention.

Maxwell played in the past two Super Bowls as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. He said he senses the same sense of purpose with the Eagles.

"We definitely have a winning culture here," Maxwell said. "Just the things we do and the belief that we've got. I do see it. We've got a lot of guys who have won, especially in the secondary. We've got a lot of guys who have come that far."

Maxwell and Walter Thurmond have rings from the Seahawks' Super Bowl win two years ago. Safety Malcolm Jenkins won the Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints as a rookie after the 2009 season.