I’m finishing up the DGR, but saw a couple of stories that I found interesting.
Reuben Frank has a good column about why Lurie won’t fire Reid during the season. I agree with what Roob said. I was actually thinking of writing something similar to this. The key phrase in Roob’s piece is “perspective”.
Critics see Reid as a bumbling idiot that should have been fired years ago. That’s fine. They’re certainly allowed to feel that way. Lurie sees Reid very differently. There is a really strong bond between the two of them. Think about it…Lurie spent a year dealing with Rich Kotite and then 4 years with Ray Rhodes. They had strengths and weaknesses, but after dealing with them, Reid must have seemed like an angel sent directly from football heaven.
Roob also had an interesting nugget that Lurie could possibly ask for Reid’s advice in picking a new coach, should he get fired. To some this will seem ridiculous, if not insane. It actually makes some sense. Reid has to face a variety of head and assistant coaches each year. He knows which ones do certain things well. Lurie and even Howie Roseman won’t have that kind of perspective. And remember…it was thinking like that in 1999 that led Reid to hire Jim Johnson. Lurie would be smart to pick Andy’s brain on coaches who are completely outside the Eagles organization. This wouldn’t be a case of Reid trying to sell Lurie on Shurmur, Spags, Childress, etc.
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Les Bowen put up a column on Tuesday called The Day Andy Reid Lost His Way. He was referring to the fateful day when Reid made the switch from Kevin Kolb to Mike Vick.
Les’s piece got me curious about my old stuff. I was writing at Iggles Blog back then and posted a couple of interesting pieces.
My reaction to the move had some good nuggets. I titled it “Life on Mars” so that should tell you how blown away I was. Here is one blurb:
My Reaction. I don’t like the move. There are a number of reasons for this. Here are 3 factors that are the focus of my opinion:
1. After 2 games, I don’t think the 2010 Eagles look like a Super Bowl team.
2. Kevin Kolb is (was?) the future of the franchise at QB. He is a mystery and will be until he plays.
3. Vick is the better player now, but I don’t trust him long term so no matter what he does this year I will never truly be comfortable with him as “the guy”.
Harsh words at the end. Vick did win me over with his play and everything I heard about him behind the scenes. He really did make an amazing life change. You have to remember that I wrote this about 90 days after Vick attended a party where there was a shooting. I had my doubts about whether he could truly escape his old life (because of ties to old friends as well as his idiot brother).
Another good blurb:
Good Vick, Bad Vick. Right now Michael Vick is 4th in the NFL with a QB rating of 105. He’s playing very well. He’s fun to watch and the offense is clicking. Life is good. What happens when he does struggle? All QBs have a bad game. Vick is going to have some game when we all yell at the TV “Get that bum outta there and put in Kolb!!!”. Andy won’t. He’ll stick with the starter, as he should. If Vick struggled the next week…what happens? If he has 3 bad games in a row, do we move to Kolb? Riding the hot hand is logical, but it opens the coach up to a dangerous situation because now the coach is making moves based on short term performance. Andy can no longer play the “that’s our plan” card and have it believed. As Derek pointed out, the most dangerous thing is what happens if Vick is pedestrian. Good Vick should stay the starter at this point. Bad Vick (several games) should lose the job. Up and down Vick will create a controversy where half the world says bench him and half says give the guy a chance to work his way back into a groove.
This paragraph ties in to the thinking in the piece Les wrote. Going with Vick was a monumental change.