Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Freddie, 4th and 26 will live in our hearts forever, but...

Yesterday Tom Silverstein wrote "General manager Ted Thompson took a pass on former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell and instead claimed former Packers receiver Andrae Thurman on waivers from the Tennessee Titans." So, FredEx denied in Green Bay huh? Over the last 4 years, how many times did I complain to anyone who would listen that our STARTING receivers couldn't even land a job elsewhere? Yes, that's right, our starting receivers were barely good enough to MAKE another team. Only in Philly would we attempt 4 Super Bowl runs with one of the best Ds and best QB in the game but with no one to throw to. Poor McNabb - such a talented athlete wasting his best years playing for an organization that just is not serious about winning a Super Bowl. He, Dawkins and Trotter are gonna have to do it themselves or not do it at all.


Blogger Dave Popstar said...

Yep, you were constantly criticizing our receiving corps, always for good reason. And now, even though we have one of the best WRs in the league, he can hardly ever get open, since teams know they can drop another guy back into coverage because we don't run the ball, like, ever.

But how crazy is it to think about FredEx's football hara-kiri? I always thought he was amusing, at least until he went after No. 5, which is unacceptable. But think about it -- he was a starter on a once-superbowl-caliber-team, and just criticized the team as part of his carefully devised plan to leave so the other 31 teams could fight over him? Did he forget that, um... he wasn't very good? Sure, I think he had very good hands and could really take a hit over the middle, but he was small and slow, had problems getting open and followed the Pinkston school of how to get YAC. All in all, he was not a good receiver. And now he's unemployed, probably for good. And we all saw it coming. Just crazy.

...But again, I agree that this team just doesn't seem to have that intangible desire or will to really do what it takes to win. Football is not just a business. It's not about a steady ROI or market share. It's about winning. The goal isn't just longetivity; at some point, you need to act as if there is nothing else important but winning the one game you're playing. Appraoching it like it's the last game of your life.

And I'm talking about the front office. Akers played that way. Of course now, after his sacrifice to the team, they'll undervalue him as he tries to renegotiate his contract. Seems like the players are willing to sacrifice, but the front office isn't. What kind of message does that send?

10/26/2005 9:23 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

Yes, that's the biggest problem IMO and we've discussed that at length. The Birds treat their players like fungible commodities. Eventually, the players realize that the organization doesn't care as much as they do and things start falling apart. It's sad.

10/27/2005 10:59 AM  

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