Here we are again with another disappointing ending to another Eagles season, Birds fans are fans looking at another long winter as they watch another team win the Super Bowl. I have actually become numb about it.
What really gets me is how Andy Reid, the man in charge of it all, gets a free pass on this team’s failure. Last year at this time, it was all McNabb’s fault. He was the reason why this team couldn’t win the big game. If you listened to the arguments on talk radio it was always McNabb, who has taken us as far as he can.
With McNabb as the quarterback, the Eagles lost four NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. It was repeated over and over about how he just can’t win the big game. He is a choke artist. They would call him McClump or McChoke. You would hear that story about him throwing up in the Super Bowl (which was debunked last year but no one talks about it).
A year ago, we watched Dallas dominate us two weeks in a row with no adjustments made. McNabb got blamed for not finding a way to win even though we know it looked like every other playoff loss during Reid’s tenure. You had pass happy play calling regardless of whether it was working or not, and regardless of whether the quarterback was getting protection,
Michael Vick got a pass because fans could clearly see how predictable the play calling was and they could see how the offensive line was being physically dominated. When it happened a year ago, it was McNabb’s fault. Actually the venom flying around about McNabb was disturbing.
You didn’t hear one thing about the head coach and his philosophy. Abandoning the run a year ago was translated as McNabb’s fault, but that excuse can’t be used this year with McNabb gone. Sean McDermott was fired but he didn’t hold the Eagles offense to 16 points at home in the playoff game against the Packers.
McDermott wasn’t the guy who didn’t have an answer for the blitzes which the Giants, Vikings and Packers used to shut down our pass happy offense. Shouldn’t somebody have to pay the price for our offense not being able to adjust to the blitz?
Every off season we hear from all the media types about what a great coach Reid is. They say, how could you even think about firing him? We hear that Reid has taken the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl? Who are we going to hire who is better?
You have to admit you have probably heard that stance to defend Reid. Why isn’t that an argument in defense of McNabb? Those same stats that make Reid a great coach make McNabb a choke artist!
I can tell you that the only constant with all these failures is the big fat red-headed head coach. There is no McNabb to blame but keep your ears open because when the topic comes up about Reid, listen to the praise of him for the same achievements that made McNabb a choker.