Would you consider me crazy if I told you that the Eagles were going to win Sunday night? Would it be out of line for me to say that Vince Young is going to lead them on a last minute drive to win the game?
It’s easy to dream, and even easier to lie when the answers are hard.
Football isn’t fun anymore. Andy Reid and company have made it a job to keep up with them. Instead of finding out when Mike Vick broke his ribs, I have to play a game of Clue to figure it out. Instead of getting an honest answer to why DeSean Jackson was benched, I’m told the New York Giants are the only thing on his mind.
Andy had no problem holding DeSean accountable for being 20 minutes late to a special teams meeting– I ask when the hell is Joe Banner and Jeffery Lurie going to hold him accountable for not putting his players in the right position.
I’ve got to do a better job. I’ve got to do a better job. I’ve got to do a better job.
It’s like an Adele song. It was good at first, but its been played so many times that you immediately tune it out when you hear it. We get it, some guy broke her heart and Andy has to do a better job.
Been there done that.
Now Joe Paterno is a terrible human being who put the idea of Penn State Football before the behavior of a monster in Jerry Sandusky. I don’t care about all the good he did before, his legacy is forever tarnished. Reid is in no way on that level, but there is a line that can be drawn between the two.
When you spend a long enough time somewhere you tend to take shortcuts and overlook the simple things. You surround yourself with yes men, and change your principles to match the moment.
The Andy Reid who took this team over in ‘99 was even keeled, and valued good character guys who put the team first. He had a philosophy that you built teams through the draft, and even took shots at the Washington Redskins, who would win the free agency Super Bowl every year. He was a man that was capable of outsmarting teams consistently, and most importantly he won football games.
In year 13 of his five-year plan, Reid has not only peaked, but he isn’t the same principled man he was when he took over the Eagles.
I’ve seen him change from building young kids’ careers to smearing him in the court of public opinion. I watched as his boss created the YPA stat, and am watching now as there is an concerted effort to smear a young wide receiver who has done everything they have asked of him and more. I watched as DeSean was TMZ’ed and said to be broke– the Eagles stood idly by.
That’s despicable behavior even for the Eagles, a team that always protected their players, sometimes much to our frustration.
That’s the type of people they have become down at One NovaCare Way, though. Spreading personal information about their own player to the media so they can justify not paying him after they have abused him. It’s a propaganda machine that is losing as much lately as their product on the field.
I really don’t know how much longer I can keep watching this team. I can’t be the only one who feels this apathetic.
For those of you keeping count, Tim Tebow has four wins this year — the Eagles, three.
I miss watching winning football.