Theres a difference in being a good offensive mind and a head coach. The two do not correlate.Reid is a brilliant OC and Qb coach, he has flaws in game management, roster management and those sorts of things. however he knows how to hide flaws and how to attack defences as well as any coach out there. I doubt that the eagles troubles come from his coaching.
The one thing Reid has always been good at is developing quarterbacks and hiding their flaws.I always felt that Philly's offensive success had more to do with Brian Westbrook than it did McNabb.
Company ? The Eagles may well be worse than the Skins, and could stand a-bottom the NFC East all alone.Fare thee well Eagles fans. Fare thee well. The Dream Team is laying a huge, cracked, and rotten EagleEgg tonight against the SeaChickens.
They had a chance to make a comeback and as the saying goes - Vince Young happens.
The dream died tonight in the Pacific Northwest.
We still love ya Matt and our Redskins are pathetic too. Misery loves company, eh?
A Requiem for the Dream TeamThe Dream Team is dead. When David Hawthorne ran Vince Young's third interception back to the end zone for a 77-yard touchdown, the Seahawks put the finishing touches on a 31-14 victory that essentially knocked the Eagles out of playoff contention. It stamped a firm failure upon the lofty expectations created by Philadelphia's offseason signing spree, and unless Andy Reid can find a reset button on the 2011 season somewhere inside the NFL offices, the people who created and abetted the NFL's biggest disappointments are likely to pay for the failure with their jobs.
Of course, while Young was the one calling his new franchise a Dream Team, other people were matching his giddy optimism about the 2011 Eagles. Namely, us. (Sorry, Andy.) While we had a few reservations about the Eagles, their quick-strike offense and deep defense led us to make them the favorites to win the NFC. And oh, were we wrong.
But what exactly happened to the Eagles? Sure, it's easy to wrap some explanation around egos and lack of grit or whatever other old-man football clichés fit into sound bites, but what were the tangible aspects of Philadelphia's plan for winning a Super Bowl that didn't come through? With the dream in pieces on the ground, it's time to write the obituary for this Philadelphia Eagles team. There are five key concepts that the Eagles struggled with in 2011, and while some of them will self-correct, whoever is left in the Philadelphia organization will need to address the rest of them this offseason in building the next Dream Team.
Problem 1: Serious Deficiencies on Both Sides of the Line
It's easy to get caught up in fantastic skill-position players and forget to recognize the key roles played by the guys in the trenches. In many of their losses this season, the Eagles have been dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, including their loss to the Seahawks last night. And while the Eagles didn't totally ignore their line situation during the offseason, the changes they made and the excuses on offer for possible weaknesses simply failed to hold up.
After starting 10 different offensive linemen during the 2010 season, the Eagles rightly expected to have a healthier season up front with a system that featured a lot of depth to go alongside star left tackle Jason Peters. Although they let go of middling veterans like Nick Cole and Mike McGlynn, they drafted 26-year-old guard Danny Watkins out of Baylor in the first round and signed former Broncos tackle Ryan Harris to serve as a reliable pass protector on the right side of the line — Michael Vick's blind side. Despite a shortened training camp, the Eagles expected new offensive line coach Howard Mudd to mold an entire new side of an offensive line. And hey, if the offensive line sucks, Mike Vick can just scramble out of trouble anyway, right?