I’m finishing up the DGR. Don’t worry, it won’t be the normal variety. I’m focusing on the young players and how they did. This won’t be a lengthy recap of the game so much as notes on the young guys.
I’ve read a couple of things this morning and something bugged me – Reid bashing. Listen, 2012 has been a nightmare season that I never saw coming. It is depressing beyond belief and as a result…Andy Reid will be fired. That’s the right move to make.
However, this isn’t to say Andy Reid is a bad coach. Nothing could be further from the truth. You don’t have the record that Andy does by accident. It isn’t all due to Jim Johnson. It isn’t all due to Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, or the other star players. Andy Reid is a good football coach.
I am unbelievably thankful that I was an Eagles fan during the Reid era. This man taught me a lot about the game of football. I’m a heck of a lot smarter in 2012 than I was in 1999 and Reid is responsible for a lot of that. Andy and I see the world very differently, but you can bet I sure as heck respect him.
Just because this season is falling apart, let’s not turn this into a hate-fest where we all swing our baseball bats at an Andy Reid pinata. The man took the Philadelphia Eagles from a laughingstock and built them into a top NFL franchise. This current team sucks to be sure, but that doesn’t erase what he built for 14 years.
I know some of you have hated Reid for a while. That’s fine. He knows that as an NFL coach being disliked by some fans is just part of the job. I’m not asking you to like him. I just hope that the Andy-bashing doesn’t get out of hand.
Jeff Fisher was 8-8 and 6-10 in his final 2 years with the Titans. He took a year off and now is doing a terrific job with the Rams. I don’t recall Fisher getting ripped to shreds in the media and he wasn’t as successful as Andy.
Andy Reid will coach another NFL team in 2013 or 2014, depending on if he wants to take time off. I hope he goes to the AFC because I don’t want to face him on a regular basis. That’s about as good a compliment as you can give to an outgoing coach. There are at least 15 teams who would be lucky to have Reid as their coach, if not more. I hope he does go to the AFC so I can pull for him.
Try not to forget all the good about Andy as the final month of this miserable season comes to a close. This isn’t like Rich Kotite, where we said good riddance and meant it. Andy has a special place in Eagles history. Big Red drove us all a little crazy at times, but he won games and gave us a team…an organization…to love and believe in.
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Tyrann Mathieu, aka Honey Badger, is reportedly going to enter the NFL Draft. HB was my favorite player heading into the 2012 college season, but he got kicked off the LSU team for drug issues. This followed a 2011 suspension for failed drug tests. Just recently HB was involved in a drug arrest (at his apartment). These are serious issues that will greatly affect his draft value.
Honey Badger still is a major playmaker and good NFL prosect. He could play Safety or slot corner. I hope the Eagles do have some interest. I think he’d go somewhere in the 4th round area. HB is undersized, listing at 5-9, 175. I would love to use him as a box Safety, believe it or not. He is a good tackler and physical player. His ability to blitz and make plays in the backfield is very impressive. In 2011 he led LSU in tackles. He had 1.5 sacks, 7.5 TFLs, and 6 FFs. Finished his career with 6 sacks. No matter what you do, you want HB near the LOS.
Still, that size might be too small for S in the NFL so slot corner is another good spot. The Eagles already have Brandon Boykin, but he can easily slide outside. HB cannot play CB on the outside and that does lower his value. He’s either a S or a slot guy. Better football player than athlete.
Also is a dynamic kick/punt returner.
The new staff will have to decide if they want to risk a pick on him. The Eagles had significant interest in Janoris Jenkins last year and took Jack Ikegwuonu years ago so they aren’t afraid to take chances.