2012 is unofficially over. So, then, is the Andy Reid era.
He said something in the postgame PC that really bugged me. In regard to Bryce Brown, Reid commented that he felt bad about Brown’s fumbles and how they ruined his good night. I can’t remember the exact phrase and no one has it up yet, but it was words to that effect. This tells us all we need to know.
An NFL coach should feel anger that his young player fumbled and possibly cost him a game. I don’t expect Andy to shred Brown in front of the media, but he’s got to send the message that fumbles won’t be tolerated. Brown has to know that fumbles will cost him touches. Give the ball to Dion Lewis. Or Stanley Havili. We’d all rather have Brown toting the rock, but not if he can’t hold onto the ball. Turnovers cannot be tolerated.
It may seem like I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill, but little things like this give us a glimpse into why this team is so undisciplined. Play after play, the DEs rushed up the field and let Cam Newton get to the edge. This should have happened once. Just once. The coverage mistakes? I don’t know who is to blame, but I’d tell Nnamdi, DRC, and Kurt Coleman that I can put out Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, and David Sims if we’re going to see guys running free like that.
Mistakes must be punished. There must be accountability.
That isn’t happening right now.
Reid will be fired in January. Could be sooner if the team has a couple more ugly losses. There is no real benefit to making the move now, but Jeff Lurie is trying to read the fans right now. He doesn’t want complete apathy to set in. I don’t think tonight’s loss was embarrassing in any way. A ton of young guys played and did some things pretty well. Others…not so much. Last week the Eagles weren’t competitive. This week the game was back and forth up to the end. Huge difference despite disappointing result.
From this point on, feel free to go full on with 2013 talk/questions.
Per Jimmy Bama, Eagles are slated for the #5 pick right now. There is no player I’m in love with. And this isn’t a great top set of players from what I’ve seen right now. Too bad this isn’t for the 2014 draft, when studs will be available. Then again, I might yet find a player or two to obsess on.
The 2012 Eagles…a team that will live in infamy.