We saw a team yesterday that played tough, physical football. I’m speaking of the Bucs, of course. I’ve re-watched part of the game and the Bucs were more physical and more aggressive. They lost due to awful pass defense and an offense that was really sloppy in the 1st half.
LB Lavonte David knocked Brent Celek out of the game with a clean hit. Watch some of their blitzes. You see Eagles RBs going backward as a LB runs them over. Watch Tampa’s DEs over-power the Eagles bigger OTs.
The Bucs just have a vibe about them. They’re young. They play hard. They play like the Eagles did a decade ago.
It was great to get a win, but please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that changes anything. Andy Reid will still be fired in January. The Eagles have won 4 games by a total of 6 points. This is not a good team, not even close.
For my SB Nation Philly column I wrote about the Eagles need for a culture change. I think Sunday was evidence of that. Tampa is a completely different team under Greg Schiano than they were under Raheem Morris. The team had 2 awful years under Morris and one 10-6 season. The players liked him. Morris, by all accounts, is a great guy. He is very much a players coach.
Schiano is a jerk. He was a jerk at Rutgers. He’s a jerk in the NFL. He’s also a winner. He has a very set way of doing things. You fall in line or he’ll get rid of you. Tampa would not have the worst pass defense in the NFL if CB Aqib Talib was still there. Schiano traded him because he’d rather struggle with his type of guys than deal with an underachieving turd.
Andy Reid threatened to bench DRC and Nnamdi last week. That got their attention and they played better, helping the team to win. Why now? Why not have this talk 2 weeks ago? Reid is a patient guy and trusts his players, but part of the point here is that DRC and Nnamdi aren’t guys that he drafted and developed. They needed a stern talk a few weeks back. It took them hitting rock bottom vs Dallas for Reid to do something.
That kind of lack of accountability is part of the problem with the 2012 Eagles. I don’t think you bench a guy the first time he has a bad game or struggles. You don’t even do it after 2 games. A good coach just knows when the right time is. He has a feel for his team and knows what buttons to push. Reid pushed them…too late.
How do you think it made guys in the front seven feel to play their butts off only to watch the Grey Poupon Patrol (my new nickname for Nnamdi, DRC) back there being passive as receivers ran into the endzone? That’s not good for team morale.
DRC has been in a major free-fall since Juan was fired and Bowles promoted. He needed a talking to a month ago. Maybe Andy did try to get through to him, maybe not. We know he did last week and it was only by threatening his job that he got results.
I don’t want to be Debbie Downer here. Winning yesterday was fun and it is good to be happy about the Eagles, but I don’t want people to mistake winning a game for any serious change. We still have yet to see the team play a legitimately good game.
I got several Andy Reid questions on Sunday so I felt it was important to address the issue. I’ll put up a Nick Foles post later on. There is plenty to be happy about with that young man.
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Jimmy Bama and I talked about the game this morning. Folesmania was in full effect.