HERE'S WHY THE RAIDERS ARE AHEAD OF THE EAGLES.
FOLKS seem to have problem with ME saying things, so I'll let REALITY say them for me. Furthermore I'll let Reality say it without having to change the date, order, context or "spin" on any of it.
Offensive Co-Ordinator Greg Olson sat down with the media on February 13th (well after Chip Kelly was hired, but well before last Monday) and discussed what they would be doing. On Question #4 he's asked:
"Q: Have you been able to talk to the players?
Olson: They’ve dropped by. Contacted a few when we got the job. I’ve had a chance to talk to them. Terrelle Pryorhas stopped by, Carson Palmer and I, I had Jordan Palmer this last year, but a couple of players have been in for workouts so I had a chance to meet with some of the players."
Seems a neat way to get word out to your players, don't you think? Apparently the CBA allows players to work out at team facilities. I know Jeremy Maclin has been doing so at the NovaCare complex. So what, Pat Shurmur can't talk to him during curls?
Assistant HC/O-line Coach Tony Sparano sat down with the media on February 13th to discuss the new system and how it would affect the players. On Question #6 he was asked:
"Q: In your system, is it something the guys pick up quickly, or is it something that there’s going to be a pretty big learning curve?
Sparano: I think like anything else when you come in and there’s new terminology, it’s [offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s] system and I’m learning the terminology right now just as all the coaches here are learning the terminology. Greg and I, he’s kind of learning some of my line calls, and I’m learning how he’ll call things during the game. That’s something we’re all kind of going through right now. I think, when push comes to shove, I don’t see this being something that the players will take a long time to grab and get a hold of. In fact I think it’ll be something they’ll be excited about and I think that’ll be a really good thing as we get going here. All that being said, I’ve coached this position long enough, I’ve dealt with the questions long enough…this is probably the most difficult position to put together. It really is. You’re getting five guys that need to play like one by the end of this whole thing. In training camps and those things, you could have moving parts, in and out, to see other people. To get them all to do the same thing really requires a little bit of time. When the time is right and we get into those phases down the road and we can get started with the players I don’t think it will take long."
A similar question was posed to Greg Olson:
"Q: How long will it take for the guys to grasp this system?
Olson: Hopefully about four months. That’s what you’re hoping. It’s got to be player-friendly because you don’t have a lot of time. You aren’t given a lot of time in the National Football League. So whatever that system is, let’s make sure it’s something the players can assimilate and learn very quickly. If they’re thinking too much, they’re going to play slow and that creates problems. If there’s indecision or miscommunication type of things, you try to eliminate those as a coaching staff. It’s a system that will be player-friendly to make it easier on those players."
Expectations and a time table. From guys with experience and a track record for building productive ground and passing games. Our players will KNOW Day 1 that they're in good hands. Their resumes tell you it's safe to buy in.
"Q: You mentioned the transition and the unpredictability of the league in terms of contracts, etc. Do you have to be prepared for the fact that someone other than Carson Palmer will be the quarterback?
Olson: I think always. That’s the nature of the beast and that’s the nature of the National Football League. I understand that and I think Carson Palmer understands that. To me, that’s the importance of being flexible and be willing to adapt your philosophy as a coach in what you’re going to do and how you’re going to attack people."
This was FEBRUARY. Straight talk from the new Co-ordinator. Palmer would probably still be a Raider if he agreed to a pay cut (thankfully he didn't), but there was the possibilty of life with and without him. This was (by Eagles standards) an astonishing lack of coachspeak in these interviews. It's just stated plain. God knows Reid keeps his lips sealed; and Kelly after praising DeMeco Ryans, immediately afterwards forgot how to form a coherent thought, describing Nnamdi Asomugha as ""I think Nnamdi has the skills to be ... a football player." http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/21861775/eagles-release-cb-nnamdi-asomugha
If you think he sucks just say it. Don't rip him and then hold on to him for another week or two, (for no Earthly reason), when the WORLD knows what's coming! Be straight up.
Head Coach Dennis Allen doesn't have one of these media sit down listed on the site. If he did I would have ran to post them, so the best I could do was his lieutenants. Communication, Preparation, and Honesty is how you run ANYTHING well. The Eagles coaching staff lacks all of these things right now; and while you can learn communication and preparation, honesty is like a soul, you either have it or you don't.
So yeah. I'm excited about where the Raiders are heading. I've predicted no doom or gloom for the Eagles, but I am CLEARLY not happy about what I see so far.
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