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An Honest Opinion From an Always Loyal Eagle's Fan



I feel like the Andy Reid led eagles have a fundamental flaw in their approach to coaching. I feel a team should find each players best attributes and find a way to put that player in position to best use his best attributes or to play him to his strengths. It seems the eagles, more recently, seem to try to pigeon hole players in roles that the coaches would like. As in, they come up with an ideal type of player at each position and try to mold the players that they have into that ideal type of player. They try to change the player, break him down and build him up into a "perfect player" for that position. This is the fundamental mistake.

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You cannot change a player, or ask him to be something he has never been before, and expect him to compete at a successful level in the NFL. Andy Reid should focus more on making the best out of what he's got. He should, after making his final cuts and having his roster for the season in place, find out how to utilize his already existent talent and create his defense/offense and game-plans off of that. He should figure out what player X's best strengths are, the best way to position him and play him for player X to be comfortable and make plays off instinct. Andy should not try to mold and change everyone in hope of creating perfect players for the perfect system. That is ridiculous and frankly, Andy is asking way to much of his players.

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Sure, Andy might be very good at molding players and teaching them new things. But none of that matters if all you're doing is upping someones talent from low to average. He may have them coming a long way, but that approach is stupid. He should, instead find a players best attributes, play him at a position which requires those attributes, and coach him on a few small thing that the player needs to become complete / well-rounded at that position.

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Take Michael Vick for example. Andy has done his best to turn Mike into a pure pocket passer, al a Peyton or Brady. This a ridiculous idea as Vick will NEVER be a player like that. That's like training a cat to play fetch (terrible?). Why would anyone do that? Why not recognize Vick's strengths: running, throwing on the run, keeping plays alive, arm strength, making plays with his feet, being a dynamic player. Use those tools and coach him on a few small things (al a: pocket presence, short accurate passes) and enhance Vick's already above average game. Why try to break a man's game down (in his 30's) and try to build him up again in Reid's mold of perfection. No one is perfect. And no one will be what you want them to be mearly because it would be perfect to you. Andy needs to get out of his dream world and open his eyes. Let the players be who they are and do what they do. Add a few wrinkles to their game to make them a more complete and dangerous player.

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I see no reason to believe Andy will change. How many times will Andy have to bash his head against a wall until he realizes it hurts. This is getting ridiculous and pissing me off. I remember, a long time ago, when Andy was a great humble coach. When Donnie, Westy, the O-Line, Hugh, Corey Simon, Carlos Emmons, Bobby & Troy, and Brain "King" Dawkins were all doing their thing and were all very successful as were the Eagles. I hate to say it, but Andy has grown overly confident in his abilities to think he can completely reshape a man's game when his career is more than half way over. Let Vick be Vick, Let Nnamdi cover one side of the field all game, Let Nate & Kurt play to their strength's, let Trent Cole play the run & pass (specially if the wide-9 isn't even bringing pressure), let Shady either run the ball more or get more catches (if he can't get passes thrown his way then RUN MORE). Take pressure off of Vick with, you know, one of the best RB's around.

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Im sick of Andy's over confidence in himself, his stubbornness & and his predictability. I know some people want to blame position coaches or whatever, but truth be told Andy has an iron grip on all decisions made in this organization and he could easily make changes whenever he wants. Obviously we have yet to see any real changes in the way the team plays or when we do see changes, they happen to late. With all that said I love Andy just as much as the next guy and have been giving him the benefit of the doubt for far too long. It's time for Andy to get humble, open his eyes, and make changes to coaching philosophies, strategies, player use / positioning, ect. From the ground Up. I hope Andy is able to make whatever changes he needs to get this team back to a respectable place (shit my idea's of what needs to change could be completely wrong, but I do know their needs to be changes). If Andy can't do it, then it's time for the Eagles to move on (that didn't hurt to type as much as I thought it would). We've been enduring this for far too long.

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