Is Eagle HC Reid on the hot seat?

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Several months ago on I mentioned that Eagles HC Reid was on the hot seat.  This
was just one more example of my information and instincts being right.  More than a year before OC Weis left the
Chiefs for a lateral move to the OC spot at Florida, I reported that there was a conflict between him and HC Haley.

Last Sunday, a local Philly paper reported that the Reid era of the Eagles may be coming to an end.  There
are several reasons that is happening.   First, and most significant, there is a growing split between Eagle
owner Jeffrey Lurie and HC Reid.  The clearest evidence of that split was the issue of the starting QB between Mike
Vick and Kevin Kolb.  Reid named Kolb the starter for the 2010 season.  When he got hurt Vick became an exciting fan favorite.
But Reid announced that when Kolb recovered he would regain his starting spot.  Less than a week after that Vick
was named the starter for the rest of the season.  As the 2011 season finally got underway, Kolb was traded to the Cards and the spitting contest between the owner and coach over this issue was settled.

But there are other reasons that the relationship is cooling.  While Reid has led his team to multiple NFC Championships, he has gotten to only 1 Super Bowl which he lost.  While some blame the talent and tendency of long time QB McNabb to perform under pressure, others say that Reid was outcoached by the opponent.

To try and get over Lurie has gone all in this season.  As I was the first to report on my radio show before the lockout was over, he committed to spend the money on UFA QB Vick, all pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha,  WRs Sinorice Moss and ex-Giant Steve Smith, RB Ronnie Brown, DL Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, TE Donald Lee  and backup QB Vince Young.  The feeling in Philly is that now Reid has all the toys he needs to win it all.
But it takes a lot more than talent to win in the NFL.  It also requires teamwork.  It is clear that there is a team chemistry
issue with the Eagles.  Now the team is 1-3 with a very tough game tomorrow at 3-1 Buffalo.

But there is another reason that coaches’ lose their jobs after 10 years or so that is unique to pro football.
In high school and college ball, every year a new group of players comes into the program and the oldest guys
leave.  That keeps the coach’s messages and techniques relatively fresh due to the turnover.  However, in the NFL key players often stay
for 8 or more years.  Even the best coach can lose the ear and the heart of long term players after a while.  Even Bill Parcells  admitted that 10 years is about the limit of how long a coach in the NFL can be effective.   Reid has been the Eagles HC for 13 seasons.

So unless the Birds turn things around and get to a Super Bowl don’t be surprised if Reid is not the HC in 2012.

That is what I think.
Tell us what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color
on radio for
college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at

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Eagles Looking Strong in 2011/2012

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Philadelphia Eagles

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Preseason is over, but the war has just begun. Football fans have been coming out of summer hibernation to support their favorite teams with fervor, body paint, beer, air horns, and dreams of the Super Bowl dancing in their heads. Many teams are already proving their worth in the pre-season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of them.

Football fans alike are excited for what the season and these teams will bring, and Eagles fans think that the Eagles may have what it takes this year to make it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2012.

“They signed a bunch of free agents that just makes them incredible,” Dr. Ken Siegel, a dentist and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan comments. “Besides having Michael Vick, they signed a bunch of free agents that are just kick-ass!”

The Eagles are packing a hefty roster balanced on one hand with well known and fantastic players, and on the other with rookies, and really cleaned up during the Free Agent acquisitions. Couple that with their 3 to 1 winning streak during preseason, and this may make the Philadelphia Eagles the team to beat this season.

Key Players That Could Lead to Victory

The Eagles are looking more fresh and alive than ever this season, and hopefully this overhaul will lead them out of their 51 year slump. The team recently signed on a number of key players, which is in itself revitalizing the already die-hard fans of the football team, and many fans are already picking out their player of choice that will make the most difference in rising this team from the ashes, especially during their rival game against the New York Giants.

Tom Jackson at Eagle’s Eye Blog ( is throwing most of his cards in with former Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who he believes will be the biggest game changer for the season. “Jenkins has brought a huge dimension to the Eagles’ defensive line—a huge guy who can really move. This guy not only gets pressure on the QB pocket, he bats down passes, forces fumbles and blocks kicks. I think he is a potential game changer against the Giants, and not many fans outside Green Bay really know that much about them.” The element of having a defensive lineman that is the equivalent to a refrigerator heading down a steep hill can really give the Eagles an edge against the Giants’ offense seeing that Eli Manning has been somewhat off his game and out of sync with his receivers during the preseason games.

Along with Cullen Jenkins, Jackson thinks that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Babin, back-up running back Ronnie Brown, and back-up quarterback Vince Young can lend great things to his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

Look Out New York Giants…

Eagle’s fans are biting their nails in anticipation for the big game against the New York Giants, scheduled for September 25th. Gauging from last year’s intense games against New York, along with the teams new roster, the Giants has better show up with their game faces on.

“Last year the Giants were in first place and their downfall came right after the Eagle’s game,” Dr. Siegel recalls, “They were up by like four or five touchdowns and the Eagles came back and beat them.”

Though the rivalry was won by the Eagles in 2010, this year can always prove to be a different outcome. Most fans believe that the Giants are going home with their tails between their legs and the Eagles will taste sweet victory once again, but the probability of an Eagles win may be too close to call.

Jackson says, “The Giants and the Eagles always play tight pressure-packed games. The Giants have their injury problems right now. But in another month it could be the Eagles with key injuries and the Giants may have made all the right adjustments. I’ve seen it work like that a lot in the past.” Instead of a victory, Jackson is predicting a narrow defeat on September 25th for the Eagles, figuring that the Giants are probably due a win after so many losses in recent history. “I’m getting a feeling that the G-Men beat the Birds in a tight one on September 25th, which will set up a huge showdown in the return match later in the season. If I were writing a script based on probability, that’s how it would go.”

Super Bowl 2012 Champs?

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a great track record when it comes down to Super Bowl appearances, but fans are even more hopeful that this year will be the year to break their dry streak.

“I think they’re a front runner,” Dr. Seigel says. The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot going for them so far, and there are a lot of games to be played between now and February. It can be anyone’s ball game at this point.

Jackson thinks that it’s too soon to tell whether the Eagles have a shot at the Vince Lombardi trophy, and there are a lot of factors involved that could make or break the possibility before the Eagles can even think about the championship. “The real Super Bowl question in my mind is: can they win the Eastern division of the NFC? And if so, can they get home field advantage and a bye in the playoffs? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘No’, then the Eagles will not even be in the Super Bowl, let alone win it.”

It may very well be too soon to tell, but Eagles fans all over are still excited for the prospects of the season and await the next game against the Jets.

“I plan on trying to get as many tickets as I can,” Dr. Siegel explains. “It can be tough because they’re always sold out. You have to either know someone who has tickets that are not interested or buy them on eBay.” Eagles tickets sell for top dollar on sites such as eBay and Craigslist, as the team has some of the most dedicated followers in America.

So if you are waiting to get into an Eagles game, jump on the opportunity before it’s too late. You might end up watching Sportscenter in your living room if you wait too long.

Shanna Laub writes for Off-Topic Media. Tom Jackson is a football blogger at Eagle’s Eye Blog. Dr. Ken Siegel is a Philadelphia TMJ dentist. He can be reached at:

Dental Excellence of Blue Bell
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Blue Bell, PA 19422-1214
(610) 272-0828

The Packers hope the 3-4 will produce a better pass rush. Don't bet on it.

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The Packers offense is good enough to win. The D has been good but not good enough. The specific shortcoming was lack of a solid pass rush. The team is trying to convert to the 3-4 but still have 4-3 personnel. They may take a step back before getting enough 3-4 talent.

There isn’t much of a problem with the QB. The only area in which QB Aaron Rodgers has struggled in is 4th quarter comebacks. He also is not as productive inside the red zone as he is in the middle of the field. But that comes with experience. This is his second year as the starter and he should get better in that aspect of his game. He has all the physical skills to be a top QB. He just needs time to develop. Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm will battle for the 2nd QB spot.

HB Ryan Grant averaged less than 4 yards per carry. I am not a Grant fan. He tends to dance more than he should and seemed somewhat tentative after injuring a hamstring in the preseason. He is over valued in Fantasy drafts this year. The team plans to run more and we will see how that works out. FB Korey Hall is a good receiver and more than adequate lead blocker. Brandon Jackson backs up Grant and is just OK.

The receivers are outstanding. The starters are Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. In a somewhat short list of WR these two will have very good years for Fantasy Football. James Jones and Jordy Nelson are solid backup one of which will replace Driver when he retires or is traded to the Jets. Donald Lee. and Jermichael Finley are in a training camp battle for the starting TE spot. Both are a little above average receivers.

The line is back in tact. It has LT Chad Clifton, LG Daryn Colledge, C Jason Spitz, RG Josh Sitton and RT Allen Barbre. Clifton is getting old and his performance slipped last year no matter what you read elsewhere. RT Barbre is the weak link and is the most likely to be beaten out in training camp. The rest are OK and look better in pass protection because of Rodgers getting rid of the ball quickly. They deterioration of the running game is in part their fault. C Scott Wells and T/G T.J. Lang are the prime backups. The wild card is veteran free agent Mark Tauscher. He is recovering from knee surgery and may be signed if there is an injury or lack of production.

The D line starts rookie B.J. Raji and Cullen Jenkins at the ends and Ryan Pickett at NT. Jenkins missed most of the year with a chest injury and his condition is not clear yet. Pickett is new to the NT job and should be able to do a decent job. He is not going to collapse the pocket often. The team is betting that Raji has enough athleticism to handle the DE spot. The bench contains Es Johnny Jolly and Justin Harrell. Both have experience but Harrell is coming back from an injury again.

The real issue to the success or failure of the 3-4 will be the linebackers. The change to a 3-4 is a game of Chinese checkers. DE Aaron Kampman moves to OB. OB A.J. Hawk moves inside. Kampman was all pro at 4-3 DE. Whether he can or will be effective at OB is very much up in the air. He has been silent on the move. Hawk should thrive inside if he is allowed to use his instincts to blitz more. Nick Barnett starts inside but is coming off an injury and was inconsistent when healthy. He is still out due to surgery last season. Former DE Jeremy Thompson wasn’t very good at that so there is no reason to believe he will do any better at OB. Rookie Clay Matthews and former starter OB Brady Poppinga are the primary bench strength.

The DBs are solid and deep. Charles Woodson and Al Harris are as good as any in the league. They have excellent depth in CBs Will Blackmon, Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood. FS Nick Collins was all pro last year. The only semi-question in this group is SS Atari Bigby. He is recovering from surgery and did not participated in the OTA.

OVERALL: The Pack will be fine offensively. I think the change to the 3-4 will take a couple of seasons to improve the D. Look for them to battle the Bears for second in the division behind the Vikes.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

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