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Monday, October 4, 2010

Disgusting Loss

Andy Reid should not have been allowed to come out of the tunnel for the second half of yesterday’s game – at least not as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jeff Lurie talks about being the gold standard, aggressive, wanting to win multiple Super Bowls, and yet has allowed Reid to run his franchise into the ground.

What happened at the end of the first half last night was an absolute embarrassment to a franchise that gives a damn about winning. Sadly, the Eagles don’t fit that description. No, they’re apparently perfectly satisfied with Andy Reid’s weekly admission that he needs to do a better job.

I watched my nephew play pee-wee football on Saturday and another one play tee ball on Sunday, and it’s not hyperbole to suggest that I saw more comprehension of their respective sports from the 10 and 5-year-olds than the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles displayed.

Vinnie the Crumb said it on the 97.5 post-game show, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s time to forklift Andy Reid out of here.

The fact that this team got a delay of game penalty after a 5+ minute replay review and a timeout with the ball at the goal line at the end of the half because the moron of a head coach can’t decide on a play is utterly, completely absurd. His excuse that the spot of the ball changed only exacerbates how obviously stupid he is.

Reid literally said that they had a play called for inches and it ended up being a yard as an excuse for getting a delay of game penalty.

That’s not a reason! There is zero difference between a play call for inches and a yard. Zero. And if there isn’t, your playbook is too damn big.

And, oh by the way, even if your playbook is that absurdly long, you had 5+ minutes. Be prepared with two plays. How tough is that?

There are other issues with this game. The Redskins stink, and the Eagles defense couldn’t make anything happen. I have supported the idea of letting Kevin Kolb play as much as anyone, and I’ll be the first to say that he came up as small as possible yesterday. He looked like Brad Goebel in relief of Michael Vick. I don’t care that Jason Avant had the winning touchdown in his hands and choked on it – it’s called a Hail Mary for a reason. The Redskins had twice as many passes in their hands during the final drive.

Donovan McNabb can say all he wants that the Eagles made a mistake by trading him. He was 2-for-11 in the second half. The only difference between him now and the rest of his career is that he has a coach that can work around him.

If the Eagles defense made a damn play – just one damn play – the Eagles might have had a real chance to win that game. Stewart Bradley is supposed to be some great field general, yet he gives up a touchdown because he wasn’t ready? Then again, his head coach is Andy Reid. Quintin Mikell got steamrolled by some guy named Ryan Torain for a touchdown. Anybody think Brian Dawkins would have allowed that to happen?

But none of it matters when your head coach can’t think on his feet and the team’s owner doesn’t realize it’s time to deal with it after more than a decade.

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