A Former NFL Executive Rips the Eagles
Why hello there, Michael Lombardi.
Think and/or say what you want about Lombardi, but he’s a former NFL personnel executive whose opinion should count for something (except when it comes to predicting that the Redskins would win the NFC East). A week after penning a column in which he essentially echoed the same sentiments about Andy Reid that I made in August, he launched another attack on the brain trust operating within the walls of the NovaCare Complex while a guest on Bill Simmons’ podcast. Lombardi’s scathing critique should come as a breath of fresh air for Eagles fans, as it’s about time someone closely associated with the personnel side of the business publicly called out the Philly coaches and front office for their hubris.
Go access Simmons’ podcast with Lombardi, it’s the second link on this page (“The BS Report: 12/8 Part 1”). Then fast forward to the 30-minute mark and listen for the next few minutes. It’s actually a little cathartic. You know, I feel like saying, “FUCKING FINALLY, SOMEBODY ELSE GETS IT!” Naturally, this will fall on deaf ears… besides, what has Michael Lombardi ever accomplished? He certainly hasn’t directed a franchise to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. He’s no Gold Standard.
"Sometimes people think they’re smarter than they really are." Yeah, Mike, we know. We’ve known for a long time. Welcome to our struggle. The most ironic thing is if you ask the sharpest minds out there, an overwhelming number will likely tell you that one of the best traits about people who actually are smart is understanding they aren’t that smart. It’s called humility, which is something exasperatingly absent within the exemplification of brilliance that is the Philadelphia Eagles. Seriously, I bet one of the first things prosperous businessmen will tell you is how vital it is to surround yourself with smarter people who are also strong-willed and unafraid to voice different ideas. Conversely, hiring yes men and minion dick slurpers will only enable bad habits and delusional groupthink to fester, which in turn will eventually lead to disaster when those in charge run out of answers. That’s where we are with the Eagles right now. The big wigs running the show are so busy smelling themselves that they scoff at the notion of incorporating and reconciling contrary philosophies with their own. It’s why this organization has been unable — nay, unwilling — to adapt and evolve, and why it will NOT win a Super Bowl as currently constituted.
While it’s nice to hear Lombardi reveal a dirty little secret that Eagles fans have lamented for years, perhaps he’s neglecting to remember this: We’re merely fans, very stupid fans with no concept of what it takes to win in the uber-complex world of the National Football League. I mean, the majority of us have never even played football at the college level, so how could our opinions be valid? Just ask Jeff, Joe, Howie, and Andy. Then again, Andy is the only one of those four who’s a former player. Howie didn’t play college football and instead traversed a path to his current position that so many fans would love to emulate. He’s a beacon of hope to pissants like me with pie-in-the-sky ambitions centered around transitioning our exploits in Madden franchise mode to real life. But I digress.
In summation: Mike, on behalf of Eagles fans everywhere, well done. Your candor on this matter is greatly appreciated, and we thank you.