I hate this team. I’m not sure how many times I can say that before it gets repetitive, but since there is hardly else going on in Philly sports right now, that drum will get beat a little harder… and faster… and harder and faster and harder and faster and… oh, that’s nice.
Following the latest embarrassment for the Birds, there was, of course, a series of unfortunate quotes that would make Lemony Snicket jealous.
First, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who probably couldn’t come up with a scheme to defend a hamster from circling his wheel, blamed defenders for leaving Panthers slot receivers WIDE OPEN last night: [CSN Philly]
“It’s depressing. It’s not about me, it’s about the team. We’re just trying to win ball games, and for that not to happen and for us to lose as many games as we did in a row is inexcusable, it’s unacceptable, it’s disheartening. I feel like everybody else feels. It’s a messed up situation.”
“It should never have [happened]. First one was high school cover three. The ball was thrown down the middle of the field, we gave up a touchdown. Inexcusable.”
“The second one was inexcusable, too. The long one [to Murphy] was a bust. Inexcusable — shouldn’t happen. Everybody knew where they were supposed to be, they weren’t there.”
“I wish I could tell you. It’s not communication breakdowns, it’s a guy knowing his assignment and doing it.”
“Everybody’s got to do their own job and look in the mirror and try to get something done. If you can’t look at yourself in the mirror and take onus on what you do, then you’re not the guy you thought you were.”
“You go over the film as a staff, and if people need to be replaced, they’ll be replaced. If not, you correct the mistakes and you move on.”
In other words: Yo, I drew that up correctly (you hear that, other NFL GMs?!). Those idiots don’t know what they’re doing. Kurt Coleman has the intelligence of a brick and Nnamdi Asomugha just likes to blame others.
Ah yes, Nnamdi. He spoke after the game, too. Who’s fault was it? Not his, holmes. God forbid the supposed best corner on the team deflect some attention away from his younger teammates. Here’s what the Fresh Prince told reporters in a velvety smooth tone that always makes him sound like he's trying to seduce a cocktail waitress:
“There were pretty much two blown coverages that spotted them 14 points, and things like that just shouldn’t happen, especially when you go over the plays in practice. Stuff like that shouldn’t happen. This has kind of hit us two-straight weeks on plays that we knew were coming and then we blow the coverage.”
To be clear: he's not talking about himself. Because he's too smart for that. Cam Newtown said so: “He's (Nnamdi) a very smart football player, and sometimes he's kind of too smart and it's kind of his gift and curse.”
Spiderman has that problem, but at least he could drape a web over a receiver if he had to.
What about Brent Celek– he, incredibly, held onto a tough pass last night. He’s embarrassed and questions his teammates:
"I am embarrassed of losing to be honest and to be a team that was considered a powerhouse in this league and now to have teams come here and laugh at us; that is embarrassing," he said. "I don’t what to be a part of anything like that. I want to turn it around and win games. It just makes me sick."
“There are some guys on the team that I’m not really close with so I don’t know them too well and can’t talk about that. But that’s up to them. I hope they do [care]. I really do. And if they don’t, they better start caring because it’s embarrassing for them, too.”
“There are some guys on the team that I’m not really close with so I don’t know them too well and can’t talk about that,” said Celek. “But that’s up to them. I hope they do. I really do. And if they don’t, they better start caring because it’s embarrassing for them, too.”
Troy Vincent, who was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame last night (like having your birthday party a funeral), is disgusted by what has gone on and knows firsthand how bad it can get (he told reporters that fans repeatedly knocked down his mailbox when things got real bad under Ray Rhodes). Here’s what he had to say about the current state of the football team in Philadelphia, which, until Andy Reid gets fired, we shall call FTIP: [Jackson Sun]
"I'm offended. I'm a former player, but I'm passionate about the Green. I want to see the franchise do well.
"I see it from afar. I see a lack of leadership when you see things happening on the sideline. It's a want, a will, a desire. You have to hold each other accountable in the locker room.''
"I was asked a question about someone's hustle. Why are we talking about a professional not hustling? We need all 11 to the ball. Those are the things that leadership and personal accountability bring."
“Some of those things aren't Andy's responsibility. They're about the 53 guys in that locker room.”
"Don't cheat the sport. Develop the young guys. I don't know who that one individual (leader) is. Just from a distance, what I see when the camera goes to the sideline — whether it's offensively, defensively, special teams — it's just what I see … all those (things) eventually turn into losses.”
Make it stop.