A lot of you are completely fed up with Andy Reid. I totally understand that. Big Red can be maddening at times.
I’m still holding out hope.
Reid is the guy who took this organization from some really bad days to a period of sustained success. There were NFC title games in 2001-03. The Super Bowl in 2004. Division title in 2006. NFC title game in 2008. Another division title in 2010. Last year, so utterly miserable for us, was 8 and freaking 8.
Before I kick this man to the curb, I want to make darn sure that it is the right move.
The 3-3 start was frustrating. No question about it. If we make one play, we’re 4-2. If we make a couple, we’re 5-1. Would I want Reid gone at that point? Are a couple of missed plays enough?
For me, no.
The final 10 games will decide this thing for me. I need to see the Eagles go 6-4 or 7-3. I need to see the team play good football. Just winning isn’t enough. This team is too talented to be piecing together wins. That was fine back in 2000 when young Donovan McNabb was throwing the ball to Charles Johnson and Torrance Small and handing it to Darnell Autry. This is 2012. This team has big time talent. That means that Reid needs to deliver a big time team, or something reasonably close. Getting by ain’t good enough.
The Falcons are a good team. I’m not expecting the Eagles to go blow them out. I want to see a win, but just as important…I want the Eagles to look like the team I expected. The offense needs to score points, especially early. The defense needs to make plays, especially late. STs needs to contribute in a positive way. Is that unreasonable?
Reid has 10 games to show us that he’s solved the problems and can get this team playing at a high level. If not, we’ll all be done with him.
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Jimmy Bama and I did a preview of the game for our Helmet2Helmet show. The conversation bounced around and should be entertaining. Jimmy confessed that he doesn’t like the Blues Brothers. I confessed that I no longer like Jimmy.
We did cover one interesting game point. The Eagles DL was dominant for much of the game last year. However, the Falcons mixed in the no-huddle in the 4th quarter last season and that wore down Cole/Babin. You have to wonder if they’ll mix in the no-huddle throughout the game this year. The goal isn’t to speed up the attack, but just to keep us from substituting our DL.