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The Andy Reid Farewell Tour

I used to love Andy Reid. I'm not sure when it started to fade, but it wasn't when they lost the Superbowl. I was still on board with both Reid and McNabb at that point...especially once we dumped T.O. It was a more subtle, cumulative thing: a build-up of small bad decisions (clock management gaffes, etc) capped off by colossal, franchise-destroying decisions (hiring Mike Vick). Somewhere along the line, you could feel something was wrong. That we were no longer on the rise. That although Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history, he really does not know how to get it done. And all along, I've watched enviously as other organizations have evolved and progressed. And I don't mean just the great organizations: the Patriots, the Packers, the Steelers, etc. I mean the up-and-comers: the Texans, the Falcons, the Niners, etc. I've watched these teams build and grow, make good decisions about personnel, take into consideration the long view. At the same time I've watched Reid (and Lurie) get more and more desperate, frantically grabbing big talent players wherever they can with no consideration for what makes a great team. You can feel their panic, especially Reid's. And so what do we have, now? A bunch of very talented athletes who are experts at jumping up after making a decent play to strut and preen (in-yo-face!! Oh yeah? In whose face, exactly?), yes...we have that for sure...but do we have a TEAM? There is one thing all of the great teams in the history of pro football share, and that's great leadership -- especially in the head coach and quarterback positions. Great leadership creates great teams. I would argue that, if we had a great coach and a great QB, we could get to the Superbowl, or close to it, with the team we have today. Because great leadership would get the many whining babies on our roster to play football at the highest level, every play, from whistle to whistle, or cut them loose. We don't have that, though, we haven't for a long time, and until we have great leaders in the head coach and quarterback positions, the Eagles will continue to let us down, game after game, season after season. It's going to take a massive rebuild, but it will be worth it if we can land the right guys. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later...especially for all the old guys out there -- the guys who remember the 1960 Championship game, like my dad -- who may not have many seasons left.


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