Hope

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This was a good week for the Eagles faithful. With a solid win over a terrible Redskins team, a few upsets and timely victories by the NFC division leaders, the Eagles are now a play off team again. As a matter of fact, if the play offs were held today, the Birds would be the fifth seed. The Steelers won the Super Bowl last year as the sixth seed in the AFC. They flashed a stat during the game saying that 2 teams started the season 5-4 and went on to win Super Bowls. They were the 2000 Ravens and the 2001 Patriots. Since 2000 Andy Reid’s teams are 21-6 in November and 17-8 in December. These are very hopeful statistics but these numbers did not help raise my expectations. You can find, or generate, statistics that will support your point of view no matter what it is. No, for me hope springs eternal because Coach Reid took a step back and examined what was wrong with his football team. When he realized what the problem was, he did something about it. The problem, ultimately, was him. This is a coach coach who has paid us nothing but lip service after a loss and who reeks of arrogance when anybody has the audacity to question him about anything concerning his much ballyhooed “plan.” But this week he showed us something different. As opposed to just saying it’s his responsibility, he actually took responsibility. Reid showed a willingness to delegate the play calling to offensive coordinator Marty Morningwheg and Donovan McNabb. A fresh change of pace for a man who just swallowed a large dose of humility. A change of pace was precisely what this team needed.

The Eagles Colts game in two weeks has been moved to Sunday night with NBC’s extremely expensive “flex time” option. It’s amazing what a decent win can do. I’m already fired up for it but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Classic mistake to look past a perceived inferior opponent.

The Eagles are 13 point favorite at the Linc. They have the distinction of being the most favored team on the board. Once again, it’s amazing what a decent win can do. I think the numbers are inflated and although I am very confident that the Eagles will win this one, I’m not that confident in a two touchdown victory. I smell a late game back door cover.

Two weeks off were very helpful. It was a much needed break. But now, I’m ready for some football.

Go Birds!

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6 Comments

  1. November 17, 2006

    Best play of the game:
    Dawkins all out, diving, Superman effort to deflect away a pass the corner of the end zone. Saved a touchdown, saved the momentum, saved the game.

  2. Pete Dawson
    November 18, 2006

    Good solid win. Terrible team. Test will be Manning/Colts. Team will reveal itself that game.

    Team will be 9-7, outside shot at #6 playoff seed.

    Go sixers.

    Dawson

  3. November 18, 2006

    One of the things I saw in the game to give me a glimmer of hope is that the Eagles had a game-ending drive where I think 10 of the 11 plays were runs, and they chewed up the final 9 minutes of the game. I think the final play balance was 30 runs and 29 passes. When they commit to the run, play-action fakes on passes actually mean something. This couldn’t have been demonstrated better than during the long pass play to Stallworth.

    If the Eagles end up doing anything this year, I think we all might be able to look back on a single play that turned the tide of the whole season. It was when Dawkins broke up that pass from WR Randle El intended for TE Cooley in the end zone. He absolutely sold out on that play, 100%, and I think his incredible display of effort and heart inspired the rest of the team. This didn’t really register to me at the time, but the more I’ve thought about it, the bigger that play seems to be.

    Of course, they did have a 2-minute drill screw up again at the end of the first half. They came off the sidelines, and McNabb completed like a 15-yard pass. They then went up to the line and spike it. I turned with disgust to Smitty and said, “What, they can’t call more than one play at a time?”

    Because of their crappy play during the first half of the season, the Eagles now have to win a few games that they aren’t expected to win. If they beat the Colts, I’ll be back in the nest full tilt. Until then, I will continue to play the part of the jilted lover and feign apathy until they earn my heart back.

    Oh, who am I kidding? Reiner, you are right; I am 100%, and I have no choice.

  4. Anonymous
    November 18, 2006

    Nice to see Big Red actually adapt and modify his approach… yes, the Skins quit on the game (and the season?), but good confidence boost for the Birds.

    Not sure why you feel NBC flex is expensive… they easily have the best of the current deals and not paying much more than CBS or FOX. ESPN is paying double for MNF and gets no playoff games or Super Bowls out of it.

  5. November 18, 2006

    I don’t think the birds will ever win a super bowl. The main reason is due to their over thinking, anlayzing, second guessing coach who limits them from ‘letting lose’. The Eagles need to score points. Not just 30 or 40, but flirt with 50 or 60. They need to build themselves up in a way to really set themselves apart from the rest of the league. Parity Sucks! The eagles are the one team that has the ability to do many things well, one of them is scoring at will against anyone. The one other thing they do well is stop the run. Their investment in Patterson is the biggest move they have made in a long time. McNabb, Patterson, Dawkins. These are the Playmakers that make this team tick. It is up to the coaching staff to not be afraid (safe) and let these guys dictate the game by their play and their abilities and run the score up to unattainable heights. This will enable them to gain confidence in themselves as a team, and ride this to a Super Bowl Victory.

  6. November 18, 2006

    The Birds will win games and have great seasonal records, but I don’t think the birds will ever win a super bowl. The main reason is due to their over thinking, anlayzing, second guessing coach who limits them from ‘letting lose’. The Eagles need to score points. Not just 30 or 40, but flirt with 50 or 60. They need to build themselves up in a way to really set themselves apart from the rest of the league. Parity Sucks! The eagles are the one team that has the ability to do many things well, one of them is scoring at will against anyone. The one other thing they do well is stop the run. Their investment in Patterson is the biggest move they have made in a long time. McNabb, Patterson, Dawkins. These are the Playmakers that make this team tick. It is up to the coaching staff to not be afraid (safe) and let these guys dictate the game by their play and their abilities and run the score up to unattainable heights. This will enable them to gain confidence in themselves as a team, and ride this to a Super Bowl Victory.

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