Apparently, the Eagles were involved in a football game last night. Although saying they were involved might be too generous. Just when you think they can’t sink any lower, they go out and perform like that. And it’s not just the players who have given up, either. Watching Andy Reid’s press conference last night, it seemed to me like he has given up too. He wasn’t even pissed off or the least bit outwardly perturbed with his team’s performance in the post game press conference. If anything, Andy seemed like a man resigned to his fate, as if he’s just going through the motions until the regular season is over.
Ray Didinger told me after the Cardinals debacle that he doesn’t think Reid will be fired. Instead, Ray is of the opinion that Reid will resign. He called it a “gut feeling” and hypothesized that Andy was fed up and ready to move on. I didn’t believe him at the time, but I do now. Andy’s just as checked out as the players, and that, more than anything, is a sign it’s time to close the chapter on this era of Eagles football and start over. At least we have those five NFC Championship game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance to treasure. I can’t wait to tell my kids about the time I spent rooting for the homeless man’s version of the early ’90s Buffalo Bills.
That said, I’m fully shifting my focus to 2012 and the upcoming draft, just in time for conference championship weekend. Every other college football writer and draft pundit out there will spend their time writing about the SEC, Big 12, ACC, and/or Pac-12 championship games. I want to write about the conference championship game with possible BCS implications that no one seems to be mentioning. It pits undefeated Houston, ranked sixth, against 10-2 Southern Mississippi, ranked 24th, for the Conference USA title. Both teams feature NFL draft prospects who don’t get the publicity reserved for their automatic qualifier counterparts, so I’ll give it a shot and post the article later tonight.
For now, I leave you with this… I’ve already decided who I want as the next Eagles head coach: Vic Fangio, currently the 49ers defensive coordinator. The reasons he’s my preference are plentiful, and I’ll expound upon them in the near future. In the meantime, look him up on your own.
Edit: Before I forget, the worst part about last night wasn’t the lack of effort or that the players and coaches, overall, just don’t give a shit… it was the fact that one of the few players on this team who DOES give a shit, Colt Anderson, tore his ACL. The guy was playing at a Pro Bowl level on special teams and had numerous friends and family members in the stadium to watch him perform. It makes me sick to my stomach that Anderson suffered a season-ending injury that’ll probably hinder him next season as well, while the gutless loafers and sieves on this roster incur no retribution from the football gods (and if you think losing is a form of punishment that negatively affects these guys, uh, think again).