Jeremiah Trotter in his heyday with the Philadelphia Eagles. Image via BirdsFanBlog.com.
Andy Reid is beloved by his players, but that doesn’t mean some of them didn’t observe some of the coach’s shortcomings. On 97.5 The Fanatic on Thursday, former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter didn’t hold back on his opinions on Reid.
“If it came down to both teams were even, talent-wise, I think the opponent’s team would win if it came down to coaching.
Andy Reid got out-coached in a lot of games, man, a lot of big game.Time outs, running the football, you know.” Continue reading ‘Former Philadelphia Eagle Jeremiah Trotter on Andy Reid: ‘He got out-coached in a lot of big games’’
Philadelphia Eagles v. New England Patriots
Monday, August 20
Broadcast: TV – ESPN; Radio – 94.1 WIP FM and 610 am
The Eagles will face Tom Brady & Co. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro tonight for what will be Philadelphia’s dress rehearsal for the regular season. Andy Reid will play his starters for three quarters, the longest playing time they will see until Week 1.
That being the case, the Eagles-Patriots Monday night matchup will be an important test for Philadelphia’s first team and defense, both of whom were lackluster in the team’s 24-23 win against the Steelers on August 9. The task at hand is more simply stated than accomplished: The offense needs to put together scoring drives and the defense needs to limit the Patriots explosive passing game, which they couldn’t do when the teams met last season on November 27 and New England subjected Philadelphia to a painful 38-20 defeat.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is keeping mum on how long he plans to keep his starters in the game. Whatever he decides, the Eagles should have at least half of the game to go toe-to-toe with New England’s first team. Here’s what to watch for this Monday night. Continue reading ‘Eagles vs. Patriots Preseason Game Preview: 3 things to watch’
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and his family laid their eldest son, Garrett Reid, to rest on Tuesday. In a day of unimaginable sadness, over 900 people showed their support for the Reids. Their was a massive outpouring of support from the NFL. Current players attended en masse; former Eagles like Donovan McNabb, Jeremiah Trotter, and Brian Westbook were in attendance; head coaches Bill Belichick and John Harbaugh were present; and new Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, with whom coach Reid grew close during his time in Green Bay. Even commissioner Roger Goodell was present to pay his respects.
Of the funeral service, the words of team owner Jeffrey Lurie were particularly beautiful, expressing the duality of the grieving process: “It was filled with grief and love, and that’s the nature of sadness. There’s not a lot of grief if you don’t love, and there’s not a lot of love if you don’t grieve.”
Various perspectives on the day and related news: Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Sadness and support from around the NFL for the Reid family’
I hate you. Photo via Manningface.com
We are almost there, kids. We have almost made it through two-week long national “Aren’t Eli and Tom the best?” fest. We have had to endure pronouncements that the younger Manning may, perhaps, be better than big brother Peyton. That he is indeed elite. All sorts of proclamations of the Giants’ collective awesomeness. It’s been unbearable.
As for the national Patriots lovefest, in some ways it’s easier to handle. It’s nothing terribly new. Yes, Tom Brady is good–maddeningly so. Bill Belichick is an evil genius. Well aware of it. But it’s not like I can root for them.
The team that plunged Philadelphia into the depths of despair after defeating us in 2005 in Super Bowl XXXIX? Oh hell naw. Such a glorious time of happiness and hope in this city the last 2 weeks of January 2005 were, and then…here we sit, seven years later, still without a championship. Sigh.
I despise both the Giants and the Patriots. I don’t want a victor. I want a sinkhole.
UGG. I hate you, too, Brady.
It’s the perfect solution, really. Players and coaching staff for the Patriots and Giants would be the only ones injured. No fans. We all win. Gisele will just have to send another kind of email asking for prayers of a different kind from family and friends. Continue reading ‘Who Am I Rooting for in the Super Bowl? A Sinkhole.’
On the eve of the start of the 2011 season for the Philadelphia Eagles, what better time to look at the season ahead for the Birds?
Though I know you will be watching each and every game on the team’s schedule, here are a few that you should circle on your calendars.
Week 3 v Giants (Sunday, 9/25 – 1 pm on FOX)
So many reasons to look forward to this game. First, it is the home opener for the Birds. It’s the 1st game against a division rival. We get to see Steve Smith go out against his former team. New York with a slew of injuries already in the season. And last but not least, any games played against the Giants represent the opportunity to make fun of Eli Manning.
Bring it. Continue reading ‘The Season Ahead: Circle These Games on Your Calendars’