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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Week 9: Reid Reduces Role

Two days after the Eagles actually ran the ball more than they passed it, I’m still a bit baffled. Halfway through the season this team decided to allow their stud running back to run, dominated time of possession, and easily won a game.

Then Andy Reid announced that he had relinquished play-calling duties.

I didn’t post a game review because all the questions and comments I had were already all over the place. They all boiled down to . . . what took so long?

Now, I’m wondering what this all says about Reid. A few weeks ago, I wrote that the Reid-Donovan McNabb duo would never win a Super Bowl together. Maybe Reid read my post.

Ok, maybe not. But at his post-game press conference, Reid didn’t really react at all when a reporter suggested he was little more than a cheerleader on the sidelines, then admitted Marty Mornhinweg called the plays for the first time.

It’s cliché to say you must run the ball to win in the NFL. It’s cliché because it’s true. You keep the other team’s offense off the field, wear out their defense, and keep your “D” fresh.

It would be silly to suggest an NFL head coach simply ignored this because he “likes to pass.” Right?

Admittedly, beating Washington is nothing to get excited about. But when the Eagles win for the first time in a month after the head coach decided to let someone else call the plays and it’s the first time the Birds had a 100-yard rusher, there may be something to worry about.

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