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.


51 Comments on “Sal Pal Strikes”

  1. 1 Mark Sitko said at 7:57 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    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

  2. 2 Cliff said at 7:58 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    What a terdburglar.

  3. 3 Ark87 said at 8:03 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    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.

  4. 4 the guy said at 8:22 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    Still better than Marcus Hayes.

  5. 5 Cafone said at 8:41 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    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.

  6. 6 Cafone said at 8:38 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

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

  7. 7 bdbd20 said at 9:24 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

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

  8. 8 dislikedisqus said at 9:44 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

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

  9. 9 TommyLawlor said at 10:08 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    Figured someone would.

  10. 10 Kevin said at 10:16 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

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

  11. 11 TommyLawlor said at 10:36 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    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.

  12. 12 Michael Winter Cho said at 1:09 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  13. 13 Gary said at 2:46 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  14. 14 A_T_G said at 7:12 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    And which one of you squealed like a piggy?

  15. 15 fran35 said at 9:28 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  16. 16 TommyLawlor said at 12:00 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    Just random goofiness.

  17. 17 SteveH said at 10:29 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    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.

  18. 18 izzylangfan said at 10:30 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

    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.

  19. 19 Baloophi said at 11:36 PM on January 2nd, 2013:

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

  20. 20 TommyLawlor said at 12:13 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  21. 21 Mac said at 9:19 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  22. 22 Aleandro green said at 12:52 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  23. 23 Cliff said at 3:58 AM on January 3rd, 2013:


  24. 24 Steven Dileo said at 9:19 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  25. 25 GermanEagle said at 8:33 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  26. 26 Ark87 said at 8:45 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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!

  27. 27 GermanEagle said at 9:18 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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!

  28. 28 Ark87 said at 9:22 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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)

  29. 29 TommyLawlor said at 12:02 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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

  30. 30 GermanEagle said at 2:28 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    We want rankings, buddy, rankings! 😉

  31. 31 Mac said at 9:28 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  32. 32 Steven Dileo said at 10:06 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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.

  33. 33 GermanEagle said at 11:35 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  34. 34 Mac said at 11:49 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  35. 35 GermanEagle said at 11:50 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  36. 36 Baloophi said at 11:28 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    Nigel Tufnel?

  37. 37 Mac said at 11:43 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  38. 38 fran35 said at 9:30 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  39. 39 Mac said at 9:49 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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?

  40. 40 Baloophi said at 11:25 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  41. 41 Steve said at 9:31 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    good sortable info salary cap usage here:

  42. 42 T_S_O_P said at 9:52 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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?

  43. 43 TommyLawlor said at 12:03 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    Destitute Dan, for sure.

  44. 44 GermanEagle said at 11:35 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  45. 45 Crus57 said at 1:38 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

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

  46. 46 Steven Dileo said at 11:36 AM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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.

  47. 47 Fred said at 12:00 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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.

  48. 48 Anthony Hart said at 12:03 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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.

  49. 49 Fred said at 12:14 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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.

  50. 50 aub32 said at 12:01 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

    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.

  51. 51 GermanEagle said at 12:03 PM on January 3rd, 2013:

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