Monday, November 20, 2006

Spadaro Getting Real

Listening to Spadaro's post-game audio commentary and his articles, I actually have liked what ol' Mr. Blind Optimism has had to say about our current situation. Yes, I actually have been agreeing with Spads for the first time, ever. Spads has been openly critical of both the coaching staff and the players in attempting to get to the bottom of what's going on.

Below is his some commentary from "On The Inside" regarding the O-line:

"We know how big they are. We think they have the capability of being one of the best offensive lines in the league. Yet we don't really know how well the Eagles block in the running game for a consistent period of time because they haven't asked the line to do so. This is the time. I'm talking Brian Westbrook for 20 carries and Correll Buckhalter for 10 to 12. I'm talking using a move-the-chains principle rather than a throw-the-ball-around-the-yard theory. I'm talking 'bout managing the game offensively and winning the battle of ball control. I'm talking about short passes and pound-it-out offense."

I think this is the only way to go, so Spads is right on here. Force these guys to wake up and start playing smash mouth football. Our running game is actually pretty good when we use it - it's our receivers who can't catch or get open. Reid attempted 61 pass plays yesterday. Crazy. And stupid.

Spads continued by attacking the culture: "Intensity and focus sure seem to be fleeting for this team and these players. Andy Reid has always had a hierarchy in the locker room: The Players Committee reports to him with issues and then the veterans take it from there. The word filters down from above. The young players learn the ways from the older players. But now this team has so many young players that I wonder about the culture. I sure hope nobody is accepting losing at this level."

The culture is obviously very aloof right now. No leadership. The young players don't care because the veterans aren't leading by example. Leadership comes from the top and Andy Reid is providing no leadership whatsoever. He needs to light a fire under his veteran "player's committee" but I don't think he's capable of doing that anymore. The message has been lost on these players because they've heard it all before. Time for Reid to pack it in and someone new to come in. Look, coaching turnover is natural and has to happen from time to time to deliver a new message, motivating the same players in new ways.

It's nice to hear constructive criticism from Spads. It's about time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Reid needs to go. The game wasn't lost when McNabb went down yet he stilll had Garcia throw 48 times. Absurd. Reid's regressed into a dolt because of the massive echo chamber at the top of this organization.

Lurie needs to adopt Reid's "it all starts with me" mantra because he OWNS the frickin team - and in so doing he needs to start with replacing Reid.

Reid's "quiet confidence" just looks like stiffling arrogance and bungling imncompetence anymore.

ALSO - I was there, and the Linc seemed dead quiet when McNabb got carted off. Just sayin'

11/21/2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

I agree with all that -- especially about how the Linc seemed so quiet. It felt like NOBODY was excited for the game even from the start. I mean, even from the time they announced the players it seemed like the crowd wasn't really in to it. Bad karma, man. Bad karma.

11/21/2006 4:36 PM  
Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

If you want more comedy gold on Andy's management style, listen to the Monday press conference...same old lines: "that's on me", "we need to get better at that", etc. Even now, he's got nothing new to offer! If I was Lurie, I'd be saying enough already.

As for the crowd, how can anyone have any emotional energy left, even to cheer? I'm spent man. One more game to go to for me (Falcons on Dec 31st - yippee) -I'm not even excited for it.

11/21/2006 5:47 PM  

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