What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid.Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

The Eagles stayed at No. 13 in ESPN.com’s power rankings. Writes Dan Graziano:

Eagles stay right where they are after their bye week, which is fair. It was, after all, only the second week this year in which they didn’t commit a turnover. We are waiting to see which way to go with the Eagles as they welcome the poll’s No. 1 team to their home Sunday. Another loss could push them into the bottom half. A big win could give folks their anticipated reason to believe the Eagles are capable of big things. I have them 11th, which is down one spot from last week because I decided to make a correction on the Vikings and jump them up a bunch of spots. I’m waiting to see whether I’m wrong about how good the Eagles can be. Not sure yet.

Graziano also takes issue with Danny Watkins’ decision to stop talking to the media:

This always bugs me. Watkins had no problem with the media as long as they were chronicling his super-fun progression from Canadian firefighter on skates to first-round NFL draft pick. But once those same people start pointing out that he needs to play better, he’s got no more use for them. Be a grown-up, dude. You don’t get paid all that money to play football — you get paid all that money because you play football in public. There are plenty of places you could go where nobody would ever write a word about you, but your car wouldn’t be as nice.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles 14th:

The Philadelphia Eagles are your 14th-best team in football, firmly positioned behind an Arizona team that manhandled them 27-6 a few weeks ago. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has his work cut out for him with the high-powered offenses of the Falcons and Saints next on the docket. New Orleans is are third in scoring, Atlanta sixth. Andy Reid’s high-powered attack? 30th. Good thing Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was let go. Now that offense will really explode.

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 17th:

For as bad as it’s been in Philadelphia, the Eagles still maintain a .500 record and are have only one more loss than the first-place Giants in the NFC East.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 13th:

New coordinator on defense is just a sign that Andy Reid is trying to save his own ass. Mike Vick could be the next to go.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 16th:

Middle of the pack is just good enough for Reid to pack it in.

Pro Football Weekly publishes a list of anonymous nuggets from coaches, scouts and front-office people each week. Sounds like someone has an axe to grind with Howie Roseman:

“The front-office situation in Philadelphia is not a good one. Scouts are not allowed to talk to coaches during training camp. You’re talking about some scouts who have known the coaches for years. Coaches coach, scouts scout and that’s the way it is. It’s not a happy environment. It’s a divisive, paranoid place, and it’s hard to grow and jell as a team in that type of setting. That’s the result of hiring a very insecure GM who does not know football.”

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com looks at what could be next for Andy Reid if he’s let go after the season:

Reid would be a coveted coaching free agent should his tenure end in Philadelphia, and it may be worth noting in light of the Chargers’ struggles that Reid lives in the San Diego area. There has been speculation linking Reid to the Browns should he part ways with the Eagles after the season, with the hiring of ex-Eagles president Joe Banner in Cleveland last week fueling that speculation, but sources said it would be an extreme long shot to see Reid and Banner working together again.

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  • zbone95

    send him off to San Diego and Lets roll with Gruden. He said he will comeback for the right situation and this team is one good head coach away from being elite. That is if Reid doesn’t lead us to the superbowl this year :D

    • Loke2112

      Gruden is NOT the answer. He took Dungy’s defense littered with All Pro’s against an Oakland Raiders squad he had just coached and knew inside and out for the ring. Following that, and I lived in Tampa during the time, it was a downward spiral. The supposed offensive guru lead one of the most impotent attacks in the history of the NFL. The Eagles need the right up and comer with great leadership and intelligence not some name retread.

  • knighn

    Tony Wiltshire – you’ve got it. Gruden is terribly over-rated. He won in 2002 with Dungy’s squad against the team he JUST coached the year before. How did the Great Gruden do after that?
    2003 7-9
    2004 5-11
    2005 11-5, first round playoff exit
    2006 4-12
    2007 9-7, first round playoff exit
    2008 9-7, late season collapse, no playoff appearance
    2009 gone
    So, after John Gruden won with Tony Dungy’s team, he went 45-51, only reaching 10 wins or more once in 6 seasons, and with 0 playoff wins in only two appearances. Looking at Gruden’s record, success in the post-season appears to be an anomally – not generally to be expected. A HUGE part of the reason he never experienced sustained success is that he failed to pick, develop and stick with a QB. Theoretically, if he were to take over as Head Coach for the Eagles, he would need to pick, develop and stick with a QB. His recent history as a head coach gives me no faith that he would do that. If the Eagles move forward without Andy Reid, I would like for them to pick a BETTER coach. That doesn’t look like Gruden.

    • Loke2112

      Thanks! i’d give the D coordinator from ARZ a long look. Give me a football guy with pedigree and a high IQ. That said it would be just like Jeffrey to go after Chucky just for the big name and the excitement, translation ticket sales, it would generate going forward. If that happens or if Reid gets an extension I will be done with this team.

      • knighn

        I wouldn’t quit on the Eagles if they hired John Gruden. While I’m not crazy about the guy, he has proven that he can win if given the right circumstances. He’s had a long time to think about what he did right and wrong in Tampa and he’s likely more patient with his increased age… especially since he’s been away from actual coaching for a while.
        As for Andy Reid, the only way I can see him receiving an extension is if the Eagles do well the rest of the year. If Andy can get this team to win, especially with Dallas Reynolds and Demetress Bell / King Dunlap on the O-line, and Michael Vick playing “give-away”, he definitely deserves some credit. Depending on how well they Eagles do the rest of the way, Andy may actually deserve an extension (*gasp*)! However, if the Eagles continue to stink-it-up (or mediocre-it-up) for the rest of the season, Andy won’t deserve the extension and shouldn’t receive it. In that case, I think I would have to stop contributing to the Eagles in any way – I wouldn’t attend any games and I would forbid my family from buying me Eagles merchandise.
        As for future coaches… I would also like someone with a football pedigree and high IQ… on the O side of the ball. Yes, defense is important, but in an age where more and more of the rules help the offense and limit the defense, it’s more important to have a coach who fully understands O. Good points made by Tommy Lawlor here: http://igglesblitz.com/philadelphia-eagles-2/qa-2/
        As for going for “big name and excitement” with the Head-coach, remember that the last head coach Jeff Lurie hired was a relatively unknown QB coach from Green Bay. As long as the guy knows football and doesn’t have his QB attempting 50+, 50-yard passes all game long, I won’t care if I’ve never heard of him before, and would be more than willing to give him a season or two to get things right with the team.

      • knighn

        That’s an insanely long reply, I know!