Re: What is wrong with the Eagles?
Opinions vary on this; this is mine...
The way this team, or any other team for that matter, has executed on the field is a combined function of player inferiority and second-rate coaching. On-paper greatness does not win championships; it takes on-field prowess to do this, even when sports prognosticators have already anointed the on-paper team a defacto Super Bowl winner.
Right now, the most positive thing I can say about the Eagles is that they can PROBABLYóthe emphasis is on probablyóbeat any mediocre Pop Warner football team in the United States. But, at the rate theyíre going, Iíll probably have to re-assess this in a couple of more weeks.
While this team currently wallows in myriad problems, the most serious is super-inflated egos, the largest of which belongs to the head coach, Andy Reid. He started on the down slope of his obsolescence curve around 2005 and has attained terminal velocity as he plummets toward its bottom. Itís time for him to leave the premises.
GOOD coaches know how to soothe individual egos without diminishing the contributions of the non-superstars. Their teams are cohesive, consistently good. Theyíre not great, but good enough to win the big one from time-to-time. However, Andy Reid was absent too many times during his enrollment in head-coaching school.
GREAT coaches, on the other hand, not only know how to soothe myriad individual egos, they know how to meld those egos into a positive, huge aggregate TEAM ego and win it all on a consistent basis. During his many absences above, he completely missed this lecture series altogether.
As for the karma theory concerning the team signing Michael Vick, I understand the frustration and sheer anger on the part of many people. However, Michael Vick isnít the culprit in this teamís horrible on-field execution.
What he did relative to dog fighting and the killing of dogs was beyond despicable. But, he was caught, tried, convicted, and sentenced to a federal penitentiary. He served every minute of his sentence strictly according to all federal guidlinesó80% confinement and the rest in various release stages. And, he did it as a model prisoner. Also, since his release, heís met every condition of his parole.
As for his recent contract signing, only $20-million is guaranteed and all of that will go to the bankruptcy court to satisfy the conditions of his bankruptcy petition. Once this has been paid in full, with interest, he then gets to keep whatever is left overóif anything at all.
Many people suspect that his stated remorse for past behavior is based solely on his regret for being caught. You may count me among the first to admit that this may be true, but itís a trait of human nature to abhor being caught committing social and legal no-noís. But the problem is that you canít prove such motivation before the fact.
If he falls back into his former wayward mode of behavior, then we can pontificate away about his insincerity. And, society will have every right to cast him as a chronic festering boil on societyís aggregate derriere, whose future employment should never again go above that of a menís room attendant in a public bathroom.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.