Andy Reid and Eagles Pleased With This Year’s Training CampBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Yesterday the Eagles concluded their 2012 training camp and head coach Andy Reid was pleased with the work they got done during their time at Lehigh University.
“The thing I was looking for was, were they going to carry over backing up to last season?” Reid said following an indoor walk-through as it poured outside. “Were they going to carry over that energy they had at the end of last season that they brought into the OTAs? Now could they bring it into this camp here? They seemed to do that.”
I have a problem with how the entire Eagles organization played down the four wins at the end of last season, yet at every instance when they get the chance, they’re playing up the four wins they had at the end of the season.
They beat a 6-10 Miami Dolphins team, 8-8 New York Jets team , 8-8 Dallas Cowboys team, and 5-11 Washington Redskins team. They didn’t play a good football team in the last four games, so there’s no reason to take these wins as a sign of turning the corner. Instead it could be categorized as merely a weak part of the schedule.
“Do we have a long way (to go)? Absolutely,” Reid said. “We need the rest of this preseason to get ourselves right for the season. But at least there’s a foundation there to build on. I’ve got an idea of their personality, and I like that part of it. But we’ve got to go do it and finish up these next few weeks very aggressively.”
“You could probably take that young group of players and say that it was good to see them progress,” said Reid. “It seemed like they were taking steps forward, not steps backwards. If they had an off day, they got right back on the horse and were better the next day. Without picking one person out of the bunch, I think, generally, that’s what you saw.”
I agree with Reid in that this year’s group of rookies are what stood out at training camp this year. I felt Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry, Nick Foles, Bryce Brown and Damaris Johnson turned heads during this camp. I believe they’re all capable of making key contributions to a winning football team.
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