Andy Reid Made The Right Call In Closing PracticeBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Friday, September 14th, 2012
I don’t think Andy Reid made the right call in deciding to throw the ball so much against the Browns last week, but I do think he made the right call in deciding to close practice to the media, especially in this week before this upcoming battle against the Baltimore Ravens.
“My No. 1 priority here is to win football games and put the best product on the field,” Reid said. “Just to minimize any of the competitive advantages that take place, I want to do this.”
He pointed the finger at social media where information is instant and constantly flowing.
“It’s changed over time, between Twitter and just the whole instant messaging, everything is right now,” Reid continued. “I just want to make sure I’m staying up with that. It’s not about you (reporters), it’s about how we are in the NFL right now.”
I say that despite the fact that I love to go to practice and find out what they’re going to do each week. Winning must be the team’s single goal.
We all know about how much and how fast information flows on Twitter. It’s transferred instantly and can’t be retrieved. There’s no way in the world Reid and the Eagles can keep track of everything each media person at practice puts up on Twitter and sends to the internet. Truth of the matter is that finding out that it was sent does the team no good because it’s already out there on the internet and available to anybody who has a computer or cell phone.
If I were an NFL coach I would have somebody assigned to each Twitter account of all the media covering the upcoming team. Information is a premium prior to a game because it would allow you to use your time better in knowing exactly what to work on in preparing for the other team on both sides of the ball.
I have no idea what game plan the Eagles defense will decide to use against the Ravens, but it will be one of the keys to the game. How could Reid and the Eagles trust everybody in the media to keep it to themselves despite the fact that we have no benefit to keep it to ourselves.
You can be sure that John Harbaugh and the Baltimore coaches would love to know what the Eagles are going to do to counter the no-huddle offense, if the Ravens use it. You can be sure that the Cincinnati Bengals wish they had known the Ravens were going to run the no-huddle offense for the entire game prior to their Monday night battle.
What will the Eagles offense decide to do in case DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin aren’t able to play? The answer to that question could play a big role in the game.
You know a quarterback change would be impossible to keep quiet around Philadelphia.
Every week strategy plays a big role in each game. Reid and his staff have enough to worry about. They don’t need to be concerned that one of the guys in the media thought letting everybody know that they were working exclusively on two-tight ends offense isn’t a big deal.
The Eagles job is to find a way to win. They supposed to make themselves available to the media during the week, but they don’t need to have their practice open to the media. I do understand.
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