Wake-Up Call: Trotter Evaluates the LBs

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This morning we yield the floor to Jeremiah Trotter. 

We asked the Axe Man to give his take on the Eagles’ linebacker play through six games, and he obliged. Pretty simple exercise: we fired a player’s name at Trotter, and he shot back with some analysis. This is how he sees it. Read more »

Trotter: Reid Got Out-Coached In Big Games

Jeremiah Trotter is an Andy Reid fan.

He played a total of 116 games for Reid, serving three different stints with the Eagles. In fact, Trotter has gone as far as to say he loves Reid.

Which is what makes his criticism of his former coach even more intriguing.

Speaking during 97.5 The Fanatic’s Football Roundtable with Mike Missanelli, Sal Paolantonio and our very own Tim McManus, Trotter offered up his assessment of Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia.

“I do believe if it came down to both teams were even talent-wise, I think the opponents’ team would win if it came down to coaching,” Trotter said.

“Andy Reid got out-coached a lot of games, a lot of big games. The timeouts, running the football, we’re sitting on the sidelines as a defense saying… obviously, we can’t say anything because when you’re a team, you win as a team, you lose as a team. When the head coach makes a decision, you’ve got to roll with it. No matter what the offense does, it was our job to go out and stop their offense.”

But the defensive players did talk about Reid’s inefficiencies among themselves?

“As a defense, we understood we passed the ball too much,” Trotter said. “There were times we’re sitting over there like, ‘Just get us a couple first downs so we can get a break.’ And I’m sure it frustrated Jim Johnson also.”

Trotter didn’t stop there.

“We knew we weren’t good in the two-minute offense,” he said. “We knew it as a defense that if it came down to two minutes and we had to score, we were up the creek.”

As I mentioned at the top, Trotter actually likes Reid. He said if he had to grade him on a scale of 1-10, he’d give Reid a 7.5 or an 8. But clearly, he saw some of the same flaws many others saw.

To listen to the entire show (highly recommended), click here.

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Eagles Predictions, From Jeremiah Trotter to Billy King

We reached out to a handful of local sports figures to get their predictions for the upcoming season. What will the Eagles’ record be? Here’s what they had to say:

Name: Jeremiah Trotter
Credentials: Star Eagles linebacker, 1998-2001, 2004-06, 2009. Four-time Pro Bowler. Analyst, 97.5 The Fanatic.
Prediction: 10-6

Michael Barkann
Credentials: Seven-time PA Sportscaster of the Year. Emmy Winner. Host at Comcast Sportsnet since 1997. Talk-show host.
Prediction: 10-6

Vai Sikahema
Credentials: Philadelphia Eagle, 1992-93. Two-time Pro Bowler. NBC 10 Sports Director. Goal-post puncher.
Prediction:  9-7

Ron Jaworski
Credentials: Eagles quarterback, 1977-86. One Pro Bowl. 28,190 passing yards. ESPN Analyst.
Prediction:  9-7

Keith Byars
Credentials: Eagles running back, 1986-92. Former 10th overall pick. One Pro Bowl. Analyst, YES Network.
Prediction:   11-5

Herm Edwards
Credentials: Eagles defensive back, 1977-85. Scored “Miracle at the Meadowlands” touchdown against the Giants. Former head coach.
Prediction: 11-5

Billy King
Credentials: Sixers team President, 2003-07. Philadelphia-area resident.
Prediction: 12-4

What King lacks in football experience he makes up for in sheer optimism.

Consensus: 10-6

Meanwhile, another former Eagle believes that Andy Reid‘s club is Super Bowl bound.  Here’s what Mike Golic had to say on Wednesday.

“I’m kind of buying all-in on them this year, to say this will be a year they stay healthy enough to get there,” said Golic. “Obviously this one could implode on me.”

Golic also has Michael Vick as his offensive MVP.

Follow Tim on Twitter and email him at tmcmanus@phillymag.com.