Sal Pal Strikes

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 51 Comments »

What a piece of work.  Sal is “flabbergasted” that the Cardinals have any interest in Reid.

Check out this PFT story.  Classic Sal. The man has a gift for ripping Andy Reid and the Eagles. 

Sal’s “logic” is that the Cards gave the Eagles a major beatdown.  Why hire the guy who your team dominated?  Also, the Eagles were a handful of plays away from going 0-16.  Reid was really awful and the Cards are nuts to be interested in Big Red.

Sal fails to point out the Eagles were a couple of plays from starting the year 5-1.  If that happens, who knows how things go after the bye.  Castillo isn’t fired.  The defense doesn’t have the nightmare ATL-NO-DAL-WAS-CAR-DAL stretch.  I’m not saying we’d have shut those teams down, but if things had stayed intact…I bet the D would have played better.  I sure don’t think the team falls apart the way it did.

Anyway…you want Reid for his past success, not what he did in 2012.  There’s a Catch-22 in play.  If the Eagles had been good this year, Reid wouldn’t be on the market.  Arizona might be lucky that the team did struggle and he is available.

Finally, using Sal’s “logic”…the Rams made a mistake when they hired Jeff Fisher, who went 6-10 in his final year with the Titans, and the Broncos made a mistake when they hired John Fox, who went 2-14 in his final year with the Panthers.  Idiots.

I don’t know why Sal hates Reid, but it will be interesting to see how Sal covers the Eagles now that he’s gone.


  • Mark Sitko

    Sal will do what he has always done – placate to the typical WIP caller…thanks for coming with strong arguments and research with all of your opinions…we love you Tommy

  • Cliff

    What a terdburglar.

  • Ark87

    You know, in a weird way i respect his jerky-ness…EVERY other long time Eagles member who was starting to get left off of the leagues top 10 at the position or what have you, they are getting old, they just don’t have it anymore. They’re a liability. The MINUTE we let them go: HOW DARE THE EAGLES! DMac never had so many fanboys in the national media until he wasn’t wearing green. Next thing you know he’s popping up on top QB lists etc…same with Dawk (they were right). But before we let him go he was old and slow and a major liability.

    Sal is a major jack-ass for piling it on like this and he’s wrong, but I’m kind of grateful he isn’t going to pretend Reid is the greatest coach in the league now that he’s not wearing midnight green.

    (i Still despise Sal Pal)

    So now It’s interesting to find out. Which beat writers hate the city, and which ones hated the coach who didn’t play their bs games.

  • the guy

    Still better than Marcus Hayes.

    • Cafone

      Yeah, that piece by Hayes was horrible. That guy has some nerve disrespecting Jerome Brown by calling the death of Garret Reid the worst thing to ever happen in Philly sports history.

  • Cafone

    I love to see Reid get hired by Arizona and SalPal assigned to cover the Cardinals.

  • bdbd20

    I think we may be looking at the 2013 Heisman winner here in Bridgewater.

  • dislikedisqus

    Have to agree with Sal -and glad he let it rip.

    • TommyLawlor

      Figured someone would.

  • Kevin

    Tommy, I always enjoy when you or Jimmy rip one of these windbags a new one.

    • TommyLawlor

      Jimmy is better at it than I am, but I do what I can.

      Just wait til Jimmy and I have a falling out and we start to battle each other. Those will be fun days. And it’s all his fault. If he had just buried the hitchhiker better, the cops wouldn’t be a problem.

      • Michael Winter Cho

        Song about burying a hitchhiker…
        …possibly can use for your podcast.

      • Gary

        Tommy, are you referring to a specific movie here? Made me think of Blood Simple, but that’s not right. Just curious.

        • A_T_G

          And which one of you squealed like a piggy?

          • fran35

            That movie was just on last night. Burt Reynolds was the man in his day.

        • TommyLawlor

          Just random goofiness.

  • SteveH

    Sal just caters to the angriest Eagles fans, I’m not sure he even believes what he’s saying. Listening to him on WIP he’s perfect for it because the people that call in on that station are about as victimized as you can get.

  • izzylangfan

    Sal is not one of those reporters that people should actually read or listen to. The way he used to cover the Eagles is that he would go to the Novacare complex and then come on ESPN and paraphrase whatever was on the Eagles website that day. The funny thing was that his tone was as if he was broadcasting a big scoop, when in fact he had nothing. Henceforth, nobody should consider anything Sal does as worth comment or note. And as a pat on the back for myself please note that I have been saying this for years.

  • Baloophi

    FACT: When you rearrange the letters in Sal Paolontonio, you get “Anal Piano Stool.”

    • TommyLawlor

      Oh my. Actually had a big laugh at that one.

      • Mac

        FACT: you and jimmy need to get this anagram on twitter for some serious play. Would Adam Caplan retweet, maybe dave spadaro?

  • Aleandro green

    No ones mentioned the fact he said mcnabb could reunite with Reid in Arizona?

    • Cliff


    • Steven Dileo

      haha. I didn’t even bother reading that article, I honestly didn’t think he’d say something that stupid.

  • GermanEagle

    may you kindly tell us your personal top 3 coaching candidates before the Eagles will actually hire one?

    • Ark87

      I’m wondering what the timeline is on a coach hiring….are agents wheeling and dealing, with a prolonged stand-off where none of the teams get a coach? Then one hire happens, contract details get out, and then like the music went out in a game of musical chairs all the teams snatch up a coach.

      Maybe all after the superbowl when the off-season officially begins? Maybe coaches will get hired as they finish out their separate seasons and become available?

      The excitement/terror of it all is too much to be prolonged. It’t like a blind date that a friend is setting up….or rather an arranged marriage that our corporate overlords are setting up…hope they pick a hawtie!

      • GermanEagle

        I happen to believe that the Eagles won’t wait after the Super Bowl to make a hire.
        It took Lurie two weeks after the regular season 1998 has ended to hire Andy Reid. I’m assuming a similar timeline this time around!

        • Ark87

          I’m hoping they get their coach very soon, then fill in the coaching staff soon after the superbowl (hopefully we can poach some promising assistants)

    • TommyLawlor

      I’m working my way through this.

      Short list & in no order: Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien, Greg Roman, Mike McCoy, Gus Bradley, Lovie Smith

      • GermanEagle

        We want rankings, buddy, rankings! 😉

  • Mac

    Question: Is there a HC candidate that would amplify the possibility of the Eagles acquiring Lovie Smith to be our DC?

    • Steven Dileo

      There are just so many coaching vacancies. There are jobs out there and at this point in their careers, I can’t imagine either Reid or Lovie taking coordinator positions when other HC positions are offered.

      • GermanEagle

        Dito. I can’t see Lovie Smith NOT be a HC in 2013.

        • Mac

          Yeah I just read he is heading to Buffalo for an interview.

          • GermanEagle

            Which would mean you could cross Jairus Byrd off your list..

    • Baloophi
      • Mac

        Its hard to argue with that kind of logic. I can see our players being really inspired by this kind of thinking, especially DRC.

  • fran35

    Sal is an absolute moron. No more a journalist than Dave Spadaro. Except that Spuds is mostly logical.

    • Mac

      I forget what site I was on, but somewhere in the past couple of months I blasted Sal and took flack for it. Which makes me wonder who is more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows the fool?

      • Baloophi

        Sal Pal always writes in single file to hide his idiocy.

  • Steve
  • T_S_O_P

    Tommy which charity in the future would you be more likely to give too? ‘Save Sal’ a retirement pool for deadbeat writers; or ‘Destitute Dan’ help him fly Air Marino again?

    • TommyLawlor

      Destitute Dan, for sure.

  • GermanEagle

    According to Mort AR is heading to KC. Which I’d honestly be happy with. Keep him out of the NFC!

    • Crus57

      somehow I misread this and thought it said that AR was going to KFC.

  • Steven Dileo

    Teams that have success with balanced and run-based offenses have QBs that can be relied upon to make the right throw and read on critical plays. Offenses with a Roethelsberger, Manning, Ryan or a Schaub can get manage to get 3-8 yards from the running game on 2 plays and have confidence that their QB will deliver the right play at least 67% of the time when they drop back to pass.

    Run-based offenses with a QB like Sanchez will fail because the inconsistency of their QB will lead to a lot of 3-outs.

    Did Andy’s lack of confidence with players like McNabb and Vick lead to his pass heavy offenses? If he can’t rely on those players to make the right read on limited snaps, would his philosophy be to increase the number of passing plays to account for that unreliability? If McNabb and Vick dropped back to pass once on every set of downs and made the right throw 50% of the time, they’ll only manage to move the chains 50% of the time. If they drop back to pass 2 or 3 times on every set of downs, they have more chances to move the chains since passing plays generate more yardage than running plays.

  • Fred

    It is a crappy article by Sal Pal, but in some respects i’m afraid I have to agree with him. Whilst it’s hypothetical, to win three games by four points like we did early on must count as lucky in some regard, and the team has been trending downwards for years now. I don’t know how many of you guys are soccer fans, but I’m from England and I tend to compare Reid to Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager. Both had a lot of success early on with inherited players, then their star gradually faded. Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since 2005 despite being one of the biggest clubs in the country, and obviously the Eagles have rarely challenged for a SB since the 2004 run. The only real difference is that Wenger actually won the Premier League three times with Arsenal, which I guess is why he’s still in a job and Reid isn’t.

    • Anthony Hart

      Just to confirm, are you saying Reid struggled without players from the Ray Rhodes era? That Ray Rhodes is responsible for all those NFC championship games? Examine that thought for a minute.

      • Fred

        Not entirely, but he did inherit Dawkins, Vincent, Taylor, Douglas etc. on the defensive side. Although he replaced some of these names adequately he clearly failed to replace Dawkins. Of course Reid deserves credit for the likes of McNabb and Westbrook, to name two, but he did step into a job with a lot of exceptional players on defense especially.

  • aub32

    I don’t understand how out of the 4 wins we had, how was the Ravens win not legit. We moved the ball up and down the field and ended the game by taking a knee. Also, Ray Horton can be Reid’s JJ.There’s no super star RB there. So you won’t have worry about being criticized for not using Beanie Wells, and it’s one of the few cities that will jump for joy when the next 3 first round picks are O linemen. Not to mention having his guy in Kolb and possibly McNabb behind center. I honestly think this is a better landing spot than SD would have been.

    • GermanEagle

      It looks like AR will sign with the Chiefs. Which would make sense as he’d have absolute power there.