Bowles: No Change Amongst The Defensive StartersBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Friday, November 30th, 2012
Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said the Birds will not be making any changes with their defensive personnel for Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. He says his best football players are on the field. They’re surely not playing like it.
Regardless of whether they are his best players, he should sit somebody down because they aren’t playing well enough right now. You can’t continue to tolerate blown assignments. If you blow assignments, you don’t even give yourself a chance to succeed.
The coaches want the team play better, but they’re not willing to shake things up. Nothing gets a players attention more than being benched. Getting rid of Jason Babin in order to play younger players isn’t going to get the attention of this group. Somebody out of the remaining group should have been benched. It’s that simple.
They’re telling the players that they won’t tolerate poor play and blown assignments, but their actions tell everybody that they are willing to tolerate poor play because they’re tolerated it all season long. Many of the Eagles defensive players have been tackling poorly all season long, yet none of them have been benched.
Another sign of a lack respect by this ball club for their coaches was seen yesterday with backup linebacker Casey Matthews. Right now, Andy Reid is still the Eagles head coach, yet Matthews is talking about how great his college coach Chip Kelly would be as the head coach of the Eagles here in Philadelphia.
“I think the fans here would love him,” Matthews said on Thursday during the media session. “They would love his attitude, his go-get-it mentality.”
Are you kidding?
“The way he carries himself, the way his mind-set is, I think they’ll really like him here,” the second-year linebacker Matthews said. “He would crack jokes. When he would talk to reporters at halftime he would give the most sarcastic answers.”
Reid has been too forgiving and easy on these guys. There’s no way in the world Matthews should be talking about somebody else being the head coach.
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