You know it is a bad habit I have of “liking” or “disliking” people I’ve never met. I think they call that shallow or judgmental, and I probably am. The thing is, though, I often am right (and I have fun).
I don’t care much for Andy Reid, head coach of the Eagles, and I don’t care much for Mike Vick. I’ve had Vick shoved down my throat as a fan all season; I am “Sick of Vick.” Announcers sing his praises for being a reformed criminal. That is sports. It is the same as news, and that is “Do what you can to get readership.”
Jonathan Tamari has posted an article on the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Eagles lose to Vikings with ‘pathetic’ effort.”
The Eagles are a young team and they had just come off of an amazing comeback win over the Giants. However, that is not why they lost. Coach Reid took responsibility, and so did Vick; they were both right.
Did you watch the game? Michael Vick was smacked down from the very beginning. It was noticeable to the announcers that he was acting woozy. All you had to do was watch his passes. He threw three that should have been intercepted, and they were right to defenders. He had other passes over the head of receivers, way over. Further, when he ran, he just wasn’t as effective.
In the post-game interview, Vick limped out. He also said perhaps staying in the game was selfish. Yes it was. Vick knows Kevin Kolb is a very good quarterback. I checked the injury report; he appeared to be eligible. Why was Kolb kept out?
When Vick was injured earlier in the season, Kolb did a nice job. It gets back to this “Vick is a Savior” mentality. Michael Vick is a cog in the Eagles machine. Last night, that cog wasn’t working right. I guarantee if the roles had been reversed and it was Kolb limping around, Vick would have been put in.
Ultimately, the responsibility for the Eagles’ loss is on the shoulders of Andy Reid. He saw what was happening to Vick. The Minnesota defense was beating up the offensive line of the Eagles. Reid is lucky Vick is not out for the year.
By not replacing Vick, Reid has guided the Eagles to the third seed, and further he has a beaten team, physically and emotionally.
I believe you will see what poor coaching can do to a postseason and contending team.
The Eagles will not go far in the playoffs.
Philaadelphia Enquirer Website, Jonathan Tamari, “Eagles lose to Vikings with “pathetic” effort”
Bleacher Report Website, Brian DiTullio, “Philadelphia Eagles: What Is the Future of Kevin Kolb”