Enemy Intel: What they're saying about the Eagles

Enemy Intel: What they're saying about the Eagles
December 22, 2012, 8:45 am
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The focus of the Philly media is more on the possibility (probability?) that this will be Andy Reid’s last home game with the Eagles than it is on the RG3 and the Redskins coming to town.

On Philly.com, Zach Berman quotes the running back who will be playing for the first time since he was knocked out of the last Eagles-Redskins game with a concussion:

"If you sat here and tried to name five to eight coaches that are better than Coach Reid, I would like to hear them," running back LeSean McCoy said. "I guess people have their own opinions, and their minds are made up. I think the thing about the team is, we know how good of a coach he really is."

McCoy said that Reid "gets blamed for everything" - the coach also takes responsibility for everything - but that an examination of the team's shortcomings this year will reveal mistakes that are the faults of the players, not the coach.

"Sometimes as players," McCoy said, "we feel we've let [Reid] down."

On the same site, Les Bowen talks about the lack of individual accountability on the part of the players:

There is no "I" in "team," you might have heard, but there are two of them in "accountability." When it comes to the Eagles and crushing mistakes, the locker room has offered a lot of "we" talk this year - "We need to do this and that, we aren't doing such-and-such." Very few players, Brent Celek most notably stood out, have said: "I failed, I didn't get the job done, I didn't do what I was supposed to do. I let people down."

So it might be prudent to take with a grain of salt all the sentimental speeches. ("Alas, poor Andy; I knew him, Horatio - a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times . . . ")

But Sunday is an extraordinary occasion in the life of this franchise, the last home game for the only man to coach the Eagles in this millennium.

The Redskins, by the way, are on their seventh head coach since Reid started in Philadelphia.

On the Birds 24/7 blog, Tim McManus fielded a reader question about what the fan reaction to Reid will be on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Tim doesn’t think there will be much of one:

I have been mulling this over, and I just can’t picture any chill-worthy moments happening at the Linc Sunday. Maybe the Eagles pull off the upset, helping the fans to get in the right frame of mind for an ovation at the end. But odds are the team will walk off the field in defeat, dropping the Eagles to 4-11.

Given that the organization has not said anything about Reid’s job status, the fans need to make a small leap of faith to firmly conclude that Reid is gone, and then be inspired to show appreciation in the midst of their current disappointment. I believe there will be a smattering of applause, an effort by some to generate a moment, but I think the circumstances are such that the moment will fall flat.

Maybe it will feel different come Sunday. I’m anxious to see how it unfolds.

McManus also took questions on who will replace Reid and how long it might take the Eagles to rebuild. Nothing about RG3 or the upcoming game.