And I agree...
With all the fan hysteria and hoopla going on right now in Philly about the Eagles at 3-3 going into their Bye week, and folks calling for the firing of Andy Reid and his staff, you'd think the Birds had just blown a 24-0 halftime lead...ahem, like the San Diego Chargers just did to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on MNF.
Wow. I guess we have been spoiled by the relative success in the W-L column by the Eagles over the past 20 years...
We as Eagles fans were called out last night by former NFL player and current NFLN analyst Heath Evans, who in essence said we are a bunch of spoiled brats.
Direct quote from Evans on NFLN last night: "Philly fans love their football...but they don't know their football..."
He might be right...
Heath Evans, former player and current NFLN analyst...
Basically, Evans said the majority of Philly fans who have given up on the Eagles and their coaching staff after only 6 games in the 2012 season are a bunch of coddled ninnies. NFL football, he pointed out, is a 6-month-long reality TV series, with a bunch of twists and turns, and true fans hang on to every episode, knowing full well that the plot can change at any moment.
Head coach Andy Reid is certainly hanging on to the hope for a better script next time out.
He plans to spend the team's open week ensconced in his office at the NovaCare Complex, searching for solutions to the problems that contributed to Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit and left them with a 3-3 record in the first six games.
"We need to rip this thing apart and and find out how we can get better," Reid said Monday during his weekly press conference. "I'm going to go back, evaluate everything, tear things apart and make things better."
When Reid is analyzing and reviewing the offense, he can start with the stats. Sunday's game against the Lions marked the fifth time the Eagles have been shut out in the first quarter. Their only early touchdown came on running back LeSean McCoy's 1-yard run against Baltimore the second week of the season.
There is a possibility that Reid will take over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after the break, or at least assume a bigger role.
"We started poor," Reid said. "I mean poor. We lead the league with 17 turnovers, which is ridiculous. I'm going to look at everything and every aspect of what we have (on offense)."
Defensively, Reid wants to examine the finishes. Sunday marked the second straight game in which the Eagles took the lead in the fourth quarter and then promptly gave it away.
Reid indicated that defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will retain his playcalling duties for now, but that could also change if the defense can't figure out a way to get off the field in clutch situations.
Reid has a reputation for using the open week to his advantage. They will enter their next game, against undefeated Atlanta on Oct. 28, with a 13-0 record under Reid in games played after a regular-season bye. They usually get on a roll afterward. Since Reid took over in 1999, the Eagles are a combined 84-39-1 after their bye and have had winning records afterward in every season but 2005, when they went 3-8 after the open week.
"Obviously, this was a tough loss," Reid said. "But there is still a lot of season ahead and I still believe we have a good football team. There are 10 games left and anything is possible in the National Football League."
For all the haters out there who have come to bury Reid and Vick prematurely, I'd like you to spend a few minutes with our resident analyst and former collegiate player Leo Pizzini...
Rare photo from Leo Pizzini's collegiate days as a safety and punter (courtesy of the NCAA)...
Leo had a good take on the media madness surrounding the Eagles this week.
His basic take echoed my own, which is: CALM DOWN !!!
So much of this modern NFL game is about parity of talent and in-game flux and adjustment, it is absurd to panic when your team is "struggling" at 3-3...and going into a healing Bye Week at that!.. Philly fans who are already jumping off the bandwagon may be missing the boat.
That's what Heath Evans says, that's what Andy Reid thinks, and here's what Leo Pizzini has to say about it:
You get a Bye holiday at just the right time. You get a chance to do a Re-Set. You can sit home with family and friends this coming weekend and watch some other highly-favored team blow a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter.
Watch and learn.
We're still very much alive in 2012... and there are 10 more regular season games to state our case.
Beans - good for your government.
This game may be ho hum type as all either team needs is a draw to advance to next round
@AbeLinc64 Our government is like....' Oh well mate, you pissed off a super-power that happens to be a close ally of ours... GOOD LUCK Dickhead!!!!'
@AbeLinc64 meh.... he is screwed either way
Beans: Last I heard he was still hiding out in the Brit Embassy in Sweden. He may be somewhere else by now.
@AbeLinc64 or is it Ecuador?
@AbeLinc64 meh... I watched France play Spain earlier..... I 'little' bit more talent in that game....ahem..
Lets Go GUATEMALA!!!!!!!! Aren't they hiding Julian Assange from you Evil Mericans?!?
Todd BOWLES!!!!!!!!!!! Head Coach to DC.... that sounds HEAPS better than O-line Coach to DC!!!!
Who - da - F*** - is wiff me??!?!?!?
Look - I know you guys are a lot smarter.
Just saying that in my opinion - this D has NOT looked 'right' since start of PS.
I don't PRETEND to know why.
I just think this D is a bunch of really talented guys that have not GELLED of whatever.
They are a body with no soul or something.
WHOMEVER is the culprit..........
NO FRIGGIN WAY we are NOT the most feared D in the G-D LEAGUE...my opinion.
This D has gotten a lot of TLC, love and everything else that has come down the pipe in the last 2-3 years...
Result doesn't look all that different to me.
Stats be Damned.
The rubber AIN'T meeting the road - AT ALL.
OK - I'm Done
OK - not quite done yet.
It sort of reminds me of having a really talented employee.
For whatever reason - the supervisor is micro-managing him.
He has all of the talent - may be trying to do what that manager wants - but with micro-management he is 'forced' to do it the manager's way - not use his own gifts, talent - whatever to accomplish a task.
I often see guys that maybe have been promoted past their level - insecure maybe - that deal with their 'charges' by micro-managing.
OK - I'm getting boring and I'm done.
@Palm Feathers JUAN was a Great Friend and good man.....
But that doesn't make you a GOOD DC......... He got a fair shot at it... He couldn't cut it... HUGE respect to Andy for giving him a go... What does it say about him? What a Best friend to have.......
Another thought from my dusty old head that none of you asked for.......
Did our Defensive 'Leader' just rear up his head the other day.
ASO was pretty candid in the interview - while maintaining a respectful tone.
Still - showed a lot of 'guts' to step up - I thinky.
@Palm Feathers he sounded like a cry baby... he blames everyone but himself... it's not me it's KILLA... it's not me it's the scheme... it's not me it's Asante... it's not me it's the Dline not getting pressure... it's not me it's JC... blah blah blah
@Palm Feathers and even though he might be correct in some of these instances... it's starting to sound like one excuse after another.
and he's wrong - where?
@Palm Feathers leaders don't point to others faults as excuses for their own short comings... even AR took the blame for JC's firing
My favourite Beyonce lyrics of all time:
I could have another you in a minute
Matter fact he'll be here in a minute
I love the way she rhymes "minute" with "minute"
Another JUAN bites the Dust....PPW?!?!
@Palm Feathers Gudday mate!!!!! What a bit a fantastic news to start my day!!!!
Here I was thinking we two weeks more of fingernail chewing...
@Palm Feathers a bit of the old 'In oUt' aye guvna...any port in a storm...
Out - in - don't mean nothing.....
I likey Freddie!!!
@Palm Feathers Oh did this come out before...erm ....He did?
I'll see your 'Dust' and raise you a fat-bottom
Me Likey Freddie Mercury
@dutchrubb Oh I do fancy that one!,..
@BriChung At very least a better choice than your cousin's favorite..........Lady Gagme. And it ends the parade of over the hill groups or rock stars.
@Harry Pianos Dis is very true.
@dutchrubb wHatever.... Halftime suks in general....
@Harry Pianos No worse than the hag they rolled out last year.................or that assault on the ears the year before with the Black Eyed Peas.........tho Fergie is cute.
@dutchrubb Indeed,...cousin Bri sees something Asian in Lady Gaga,..or perhaps Russian,..whatever it is,..she turns him on,..
@dutchrubb Beyonce suks.....