Over the years I have come to love and respect Andy Reid. I think that in his day, he was a great coach and a decent GM. Yes, I actually agreed with most of his personel moves (even though the mass majority didn't). However, over the past few weeks, I will have to admit, you must lay these latest losses squarely on the feet of head coach Andy Reid.
Why? Because he is predictable. On WMGK earlier last week, John Debella interviewed Tiki Barker. Tiki said that he was able to call the Eagles plays for the entire forth quarter versus the Bengals. Play by play, he knew what was coming. If Tiki stinking Barber knew what was coming, obviously so did the Bengals.
I knew the Eagles were gonna lose yesterday. I knew that Harbaugh was gonna have Andy's number. Harbaugh know that if you set certain defenses on the field, Andy will make the same adjustments and the QB will make the same predictable audibles.
For Example, if the Defense did not know what the Eagles were running, they only had to wait to see a specific formation, Once that formation has been identified, they would counter by dialing up (Play-specific) defensive adjustments, such as a certain blitz look. The Eagles would in turn audible out to a specific preset play. The defensive coordinator know what the audible would be, so the defense sits on that play.
Even if you don't cause the Eagles to audible, you can force the Eagles to play a specific offense, just by showing a certain defense. And thats exactly what happened yesterday.
The bottom line is, the Eagels are predictable. You can't blame Kevin Kolb (how I still love) or even Donovan McNabb. There were dropped passes all game, zero seperation from the receivers and the defense all but knew the play.
You must lay the blame on the coach. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Eagles fire Reid at the end of the year and just promote Pat Shurmur to head coach. You can't be sucessfull in this league if you refuse to be inovative and adapt. Unfortunately, Andy hasn't.