Andy Reid: “You’ve got to take care of business early.”BREAKING NEWS, Coaching Staff, Eagles, News Monday, December 26th, 2011
It’s like arriving at the Christmas or New Year’s Eve Party as everyone is filing out. The Philadelphia Eagles arrived to the NFL Playoff party too late and that’s why they won’t be able to get in it. Head coach Andy Reid knows this all too well, but he’s talking out of both sides of him mouth.
“You can’t do that,” Reid said. “You’ve got to take care of business early. We’re coming together as a team now. …We’re healthy obviously, and guys are playing good, aggressive football. As a head coach, I’ve got to make sure I get that part done sooner than later. The things I told you as we were going through this needed to happen sooner than the last three games there, from my standpoint.”
Reid went on to praise his defensive coordinator Juan Castillo after admitting that the team took too long to start playing good sound football. In truth, his admission that they didn’t start playing quality football until it was too late is a criticism of Castillo and the team’s defense. Praising Castillo while at the same time admitting they took too long to start playing well are totally opposite statements.
“They’re playing well as a unit,” Reid said after the win over the Cowboys. “Juan’s done a good with them, bringing them together. They’re playing their hearts out. You saw that today. They wanted the goose egg. We didn’t get it, but they were really shooting for that. They didn’t want them to get in the end zone.”
The truth of the matter is that Juan didn’t do a good job with them because they took too long to come together. Why couldn’t they have had a veteran defensive consultant on staff to quicken the development of the defense which added quite a few players in what was a strike-shortened off season under an inexperienced defensive coordinator?
They had so many chances. I can’t help but remember sitting up in the Lincoln Financial Field Press Box and watching John Skelton connect with Larry Fitzgerald time and time again at the end of the Cardinals comeback victory over the Eagles.
The Eagles defensive coordinator along with their young safeties and linebackers didn’t have enough sense or experience to tell cornerback Nmandi Asomugha to follow Fitzgerald wherever he went and cover him. On one of the Pro Bowler’s touchdown catches, nobody covered except one of the linebackers and he wasn’t focused on him very much.
The Birds playoff hopes were depending on the New York Jets to beat the New York Giants and Rex Ryan’s club let them down. I heard a number of Eagles fans expressing
“That’s a tough situation,” Reid said. “A couple lessons that can be learned. Number one, don’t put it in somebody else’s hands to get yourself into the playoffs. But number two, they focused in on the Dallas Cowboys, and that was the most important thing today, so I appreciate the effort.”
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