Found November 12, 2012 on The Broad Street Journal:
BOOM!That’s the sound of one of the longest tenured coaching career in the NFL coming to an end. That’s the sound of a tired and emotionally drained fan base finally exhaling. That my friends, is the sound of an NFL franchise being blown up.Yep,…. it’s about that time folks. It’s time to start over from scratch.Everyone needs to go–even the damn towel boy. He blows too.There’s really no point in being angry anymore. I’m past that.You should be too.It’s obvious (and has been for years) that this team will never win a championship under the current regime.There are just too many flaws, at every level of this organization.Why get your hopes up? Why waste your energy? I know I’m not.If you’ve noticed, I haven’t been writing about the Eagles, even though I turned this blog into and Eagles-only site.Why? Because I’m tired of constantly writing about the same old **** every week. It gets old after a while.Why don’t we use LeSean McCoy more? Why doesn’t Michael Vick slide? Why can’t Andy manage timeouts? Why do we throw the ball 50 times a game with a quarterback who can’t read defenses and the league’s worst offensive line? Why aren’t these draft picks not doing anything? It’s Juan Castillo’s fault. No wait, it’s Todd Bowles fault. No,…it’s Nnamdi Asomugha’s fault.Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Aren’t you bored of this?Andy Reid is a good man. He is a god awful head coach and personnel evaluator. I don’t care what his body of work says. His mistakes and misjudgements are blatant and obvious and to make it worse, he doesn’t learn from them.Hell, I’m not sure really if they can even be classified as mistakes, because I think he does half of this **** on purpose.Jeffrey Lurie is also a good man, but, he needs to grow some balls and fire the man that has transformed his franchise from a joke, to a perennial contender, all the way back to a joke again.It’s like a baby. The Eagles started out with no teeth, ******** their pants while someone else fed them with a spoon. They then turned into a strong young man and had a long, healthy life. But time gets the best of us all and now, they have no teeth and they’re ******** their pants again.Nature always runs its course, and it has with this regime.In the NFL, you’re only as good as your coach and your quarterback. Look at the last 15 teams that won a Super Bowl. Sometimes a great coach can make an average quarterback look great, and visa versa. In Philadelphia, we’ve had average coaching, and average quarterbacks, and you simply can’t win that way. Jim Johnson buying the farm didn’t help things either.Reid’s entire coaching career could have taken an entirely different course had he not hitched the wagon that is the Eagles franchise to Donovan McNabb, and then Michael Vick. Of course, you can’t blame those two players solely, but clearly neither of them fit the style of offense Andy Reid insists on running.It’s an offensive philosophy that has worked brilliantly for teams like the Saints, Falcons, Packers, Patriots. The difference is, those teams have Pro-Bowl caliber quarterbacks, and coaches that have half a brain. I’ve never been mad at Andy’s philosophy, just his ineptitude to get the right personnel for it.Still through the years, the Eagles managed to have sustained success, under McNabb at least, and in spite of not having an even average wide receiver until Terrell Owens came to town, and a quarterback who ended the lives of countless, innocent worms. On top of that, they had a coach who just couldn’t bring himself (or didn’t know how) to make in game adjustments, or take what the defense gave him.Looking back on it, it’s really amazing they won as many games as they did.Now? This team just doesn’t have the heart. They don’t have an attitude, and they don’t have a leader.Instead of putting the Eagles logo at mid-field, they should air brush a picture of Brian Dawkins’ face. Maybe that would breath some life into them.Andy Reid is rumored to be “turning the page on Michael Vick” in a last ditch effort to save his job. But why?Why would he want to continue coaching this team? A majority of the fans hate him. It’s clear that he can’t win here.He’s made millions of dollars so it can’t be for the money, and if he gets fired, which still isn’t a guarantee, he would be hired within 24 hours by another team, so it can’t be for job security.His private life was aired out in front of one of the most critical media markets in the country when his two sons were caught repeatedly with drugs. His son’s lifeless body was found in a dorm room during training camp–dead from a herion overdose.His weight, constantly picked at.Wouldn’t you want to start over fresh somewhere? I would.One thing is for sure, he is done in Philadelphia, at least in the minds of the fan base, and eventually, that will be bad for business. I recently had the opportunity to score some tickets to the game this past weekend, but I passed. This team just isn’t worth spending money on.We are approaching the kelly green days, when watching re-runs of Full House and playing ToeJam & Earl on Sega Genesis was more entertaining than watching the Eagles. Back in those days, I couldn’t name more than a handful of players.Why? Because I knew they were terrible, and I had no interest in watching them.Joe Banner said it best. You can’t continue to do the same things over and over again, year after year, and expect different results.This is what Andy Reid has been doing for 14 years.The same old ****.
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