What the hell is wrong with people?
I was all about the Jim Washburn-Marty Mornhinweg dustup. After all, the Eagles have been lifeless all season, so a little bit of passion showed that at least someone cared.
The immediate speculation as to what caused the skirmish was that Washburn took exception to Mornhinweg’s (I seriously hate spelling his name– going with Marty from here on out) failure to utilize the league’s best running back.
That wasn’t the case– the showdown allegedly occurred following a three and out in which the Eagles ran the ball twice.
Howard Eskin then reported that it was over play-calling, in general, and likely the Eagles’ consistent failure to sustain any sort of useful drive. Washburn, never shy about his feelings, pushed back on Marty.
Well, it turns out that's not the case, either.
So, why did two frumpy men yell and push on the Eagles’ sideline Sunday afternoon? They bumped each other, allegedly.
From Jonathan Tamari and Jeff McLane (who knows a thing or two about off-the-field skirmishes): [Philly.com]
The sideline spat between offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive line coach Jim Washburn was set off by a bump on the sideline, according to an Eagles source.
Mornhinweg bumped into Washburn at one point Sunday night, and the fiery defensive line coach took exception. Mornhinweg wouldn't back down, and the two had to be separated by team personnel, the source said.
A bump? Even meatheads at Cavanaugh's give you a one-time pass on such invasions of personal space. We couldn't shake this one off, guys? Perhaps a "don't do that again, fatty"? No? Just yelling and pushing in front of 70,000? Seems reasonable.
So there you have it– Marty bumped Jim… Even the Eagles’ spats are pathetic.