RANT……PHILLY FAITHFUL?

SUNDAY’S DEBACLE IN D.C. HAS MADE ME AS ANGRY AS ANY OTHER PHILLY FAN. I MEAN THE OFFENSE, LED BY DMAC, LOOKED HORRIBLE, ANEMIC AND PEDESTRIAN AT BEST. THE DEFENSE & SPECIAL TEAMS ONCE AGAIN GAVE THE OFFENSE SEVERAL CHANCES TO WIN THIS “MUST-WIN GAME”. IF THAT WAS A HOME GAME IN THE LINC, I MYSELF WOULD HAVE STOOD NEXT TO MY BROTHERS FROM THE CHURCH OF THE 700 LEVEL AND BOOED JUST AS LOUD AS THE NEXT MAN. I MIGHT HAVE EVEN LAUNCHED A SNOWBALL OR TWO IF THE WEATHER PERMITTED. IT WAS A MONUMENTAL DEFEAT THAT HAD LARGE IMPLICATIONS IN OUR PLAYOFFS HOPES, AND WE JUST DIDN’T SHOW UP ON OFFENSE. AS ANGRY AS I AM WITH THIS GAME, WITH THIS SEASON, I NEVER ONCE LOST ALL OF MY REASON THE WAY THIS CITY HAS……

PHILLY FANS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR THEIR PASSION FOR THEIR TEAMS. THE PHILLY MEDIA ARE NOTORIOUS FOR HOW THEY FUEL THE FIRE WITH THEIR FANS FOR THE GOOD AND ALMOST ALWAYS FOR THE BAD. EARLIER THIS YEAR (JUNE I THINK?), PHILLY MEDIA AND FANS WERE CALLING FOR THE REIGNING MVP TO BE TRADED??? WHAT OTHER HOME CROWD BOOS THE MVP, LET ALONE YOUR OWN? BY OCTOBER, THAT MVP LED THE TEAM TO ITS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN 27 YEARS! DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD HAVE WON THAT CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT ROLLINS? I DON’T THINK SO.

WELL TODAY’S ROLLINS IS QB DONAVAN MCNABB AND COACH ANDY REID. AT MIDSEASON, THE EAGLES LOOKED DEAD IN THE WATER. A BLOWOUT LOSS TO THE RAVENS (EVEN THOUGH IT WAS 10-3 WHEN DMAC GOT BENCHED), AND A TIE AGAINST A LOWLY CINCY TEAM SURELY MARKED THE END OF THE SEASON AND THE ANDY REID/DMAC ERA…..RIGHT? WELL NOT SO FAST PHILLY.

THE BIRDS WON 3 IN A ROW ON THE BACK OF DMAC (ALL 3 PLAYOFF TEAMS), AND CONTROLLED THIER OWN DESTINY HEADING INTO THE SKINS GAME. THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED(SARCASM ON). THE EAGLES RECEIVERS STARTED ACTING THEIR AGE AND PLAYING AT THEIR SKILL LEVEL. A SERIES OF DROPS, INCLUDING 2 SURE TD’S BY ROOKIE DESEAN JACKSON, SEELED THE FATE OF THE EAGLES OFFENSE AND ALSO KILLED ALMOST ALL OF ITS CHANCES AT THE POSTSEASON. NOW THE BOO BIRDS HAVE SWOOPED BACK INTO THE PICTURE CIRCLING THE STADIUM LIKE VULTURES.

MY QUESTION TO THE FANS AND MEDIA CALLING FOR DMAC’S HEAD IS THIS: WHO DO YOU WANT AS YOUR QB IF NOT #5? KOLB (I THINK ED REED JUST PICKED OFF ANOTHER ONE)? FEELEY? RESIGN KOY? VICK WHEN HE GETS OUT OF JAIL? THE DRAFT? EVEN IF WE HAD #1, NEITHER OF THE “MR HEISMANS” AVAILABLE WILL BE ABLE TO REPLICATE WHAT MATT RYAN DID IN ATLANTA. EVEN THE BEST FREE AGENT AVAILABLE COULDN’T MAINTIAN THIS TEAM, LET ALONE TURN IT AROUND. DO YOU THINK MATT CASSELL COULD TURN REGGIE BROWN AND KEVIN CURTIS INTO RANDY MOSS AND WES WELKER? GTFOH!!!!

DONAVAN, WHILE NOT CONSISTANTLY ACCURATE OR UP ON HIS OVERTIME RULES, IS STILL THE BEST OPTION FOR SUCCESS. HE IS GIFTED. HE LED THE EAGLES TO 4 STRAIGHT FINAL FOURS! HE KNOWS THE OFFENSE. WHEN HE’S ON, THERE IS NO ONE BETTER IN THE LEAGUE AT RUNNING THE PASS HAPPY WEST COAST OFFENSE. HE DOES IT WITH NO LEGITIMATE RECEIVERS. THE LAST TIME HE HAD A LEGIT THREAT WIDE, HE WAS PLAYING AGAINST THE MODERN DAY NFL DYNASTY IN THE BIGGEST GAME IN THE WORLD. ANY OTHER CITY IN THE LEAGUE WOULD NEVER LET A GUY LIKE THIS GO EASY, LET ALONE FORCE HIM OUT???

OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, ANDY REID HAS BEEN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COACH IN EAGLES HISTORY. HE HAS MADE PHILLY FOOTBALL RELEVANT IN ALMOST EVERY YEAR SINCE HE FIRST ARRIVED IN 1999. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HIS FIRST SEASON AND 1 OTHER SEASON, HE HASN’T HAD A LOSING RECORD. IN FACT HIS WINNING PERCENTAGE (.607) PUTS HIM IN EXCLUSIVE COMPANY WITH THE LIKES OF BILL BELICHICK (.614) AND BILL WALSH (.609). HE HAS LED THE EAGLES TO THE PLAYOFFS FOR 6 SEASONS INCLUDING THE DIVISIONAL FINALS 4 STRAIGHT SEASONS AND A SUPERBOWL BIRTH. AFTER ALL THE DRAMA OF THIS SEASON, HE STILL HAS THE EAGLES PLAYING FOR THIER PLAYOFF LIVES IN RELEVANT GAMES IN WEEK 17. IF THEY CAN BEAT DALLAS THIS WEEK AND GET A LITTLE HELP FROM THE RAIDERS IN TAMPA AND THE GIANTS IN MINNESOTA, ANDY WILL BE LEADING HIS TEAM INTO THE POST SEASON AGAIN FOR THE 7TH TIME. EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY WOULD ACCEPT THAT.

IF THIS SMALL MIRACLE WERE TO HAPPEN, I WILL BE THE GUY STANDING NEXT TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TELLIN THE PHILLY MEDIA AND “FANS” TO EAT CROW. IF NOT, I MIGHT CUSS SOMEBODY OUT IN MY LIVING ROOM, BUT I STILL WOULDN’T WANT ANYBODY ELSE CALLING THE PLAYS OR EXECUTING THEM ON THE FIELD NEXT SEASON. GO EAGLES! GO RAIDERS! GO TEXANS OR GMEN!

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