I hope the Super Bowl match-up leaves diehard Eagles’ fans ruing their team’s refusal to realize that their leader is an example of the type of wuss Ed Rendell loves to disparage. Andy Reid manages this team as well as he manages his diet. I was once a big boy, too, so he has my sympathy for his corporeal conundrums.
His coaching, however, earns no reprieve. I have always enjoyed the belief that people can learn from their losses. What excuse can Reid offer? Why, after 12 seasons, does he still seem like a fledgling novice? Too little oxygen going to his brain? An inherent desire for inhaling ho hos over examining x’s and o’s? Who knows?
What I do know is that two teams with far more pluck (my writing this for a family paper limits my vocabulary!)are Dallas-bound. The Packers twice came to Philadelphia, this season, scoring a pair of wins. The Steelers will appear in their franchise’s eighth Super Bowl and will chase their seventh win. The Eagles are the NFL’s equivalent of the New York Mets. While the New York Yankees contend for division titles and World Series crowns, the Mets pursue .500 seasons. While the Steelers chase immortality, the Eagles covet 10-win seasons that dupe fans even more.
What will it be next season, Andy? Can you convince the front office to upgrade the defense this offseason? If you do that, which I feel is the hugest task you have, this team could go far. I will not put you in next season’s Super Bowl, but you should score at least one playoff win. Your job will grow even safer and the front office will likely extend your contract. If those occur, your refrigerator will be the happiest appliance in town.