Posted on: March 26, 2010 2:42 am
Edited on: March 26, 2010 2:47 am

Why Does Andy Reid Get a Free Pass?!

Rumors abound that one of the Eagles QBs (McNabb, Kolb, Vick) will be traded and the smart money is on Donovan McNabb being the one to be shipped out.

Now I'm not going to say this isn't a good time to trade McNabb.  Its a fabulous time to trade him - with no QB in the draft that is a sure bet (are 1st round QBs ever sure bets?)  and several teams needing a solid QB, this could be the type of trade that can help both franchises.  With one year left in his contract - now is the ideal time to trade Number 5.

What gets my goat is that everyone states that McNabb is to blame for the zero titles and that he'll never win the Big One.  His career passing stats are eerily similar to Tom Brady's.  The difference - Brady is a winner.  Ok, sure.  But how about the coaching and playcalling?!  Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl, I'm pretty sure a 60% passer that protects the ball and is +116 TDs to INTs will do.

Meanwhile coach and grand poobah Andy Reid receives zero slings and no arrows.  No coach in the HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE has a more imbalanced pass/run ratio than Dandy Andy.   He throws and throw and throws.  How in the name of Dan Marino is that going to work.  Even the record-setting Patriots and Brady's 50 Touchdowns couldn't close the deal, and their passing game was historic and a decent running game to boot.

In the NFL, you need to run the ball.  There is no mystery shortcut that Reid has discovered.  He is NOT smarter than the legendary coaches who have or currently man the sideline.  Reid used to say, his shovel passes, (usually to Westbrook) were *EXACTLY* the same as a run, since its just semantics, a forward pitch vs. a backwards lateral.  And I agreed with him.  But we haven't seen that play run with any regularity in many years. 

It was also Andy's call to not pay Brian Dawkins the extra couple million he was looking for in his last free agency season.  He concluded the Eagles needed to get younger and better and hopefully wouldn't miss the leadership and intangibles someone like Dawk brings to a team.

It backfired huge but Reid really didn't take a hit for it.  Philadelphia had safety issues ALL SEASON and the leadership quite obviously did indeed suffer.  Not to mention it sent a clear signal to the rest of the team, even if you perform at a high, Pro Bowl level, we will get rid of you to save a buck.  Let's not forget Dawk made only $2 million in his final year and didn't say a word - expecting the team would take care of him, if he was a good soldier.  Imagine his surprise the Eagles wouldn't budge even there were no cap issues to deal with.  A lot of people may say Dawkins didn't have a Pro Bowl year, that he got there on reputation.  Fair enough but he did record 116 Tackles - the most in his career!  Those tackles would've looked awfully good in Eagles green instead of Denver orange.

And despite his inability to take risks in the playoffs, his ridiculous pass/run ratio, his off-field distractions and his smug "I know better than you attitude" - he receives no arrows while McNabb takes them in the chest and the back.  All McNabb did during an "off year" was throw 3500+ yards yet again with just 10 picks.  

McNabb throws a pick every 47.5 passes.  That is exceptional!  Brady?  1 every 42.  Manning?!  1 every 36. 

So please don't tell me its the QB's fault.  Run the ball to setup the pass Andy.  Pass the ball to setup the run.

Everyone does it but you.

Kevin Kolb good luck winning the big one.  You may need a new coach before it'll happen. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 21, 2010 3:53 pm

NFL Overtime - SOLVED! (And it wasn't that hard!)

NFL Overtime SOLVED!

So why do we hate NFL Overtime football?!  We know deep down that we do, but its hard for us to admit it.  Saying you dislike OT football sounds like you may also dislike, babies, puppies, ice cream and March Madness.  Yet, if we were TRUTHFUL we know in our hearts, OT football quite often (not always) kinda sucks.

Well I know it has always, ALWAYS driven me crazy.  A solid kickoff return, one first down and the kicker is already getting warmed to end the game.  What I truly hate about the overtime version of gridiron is that it is NOTHING like the cling-to-your-seat intensity of the 4th Quarter .  Its a boring, glorified kicking contest with ZERO urgency.  I bet even the Television broadcasters don't like it, since it piles into their other programming with no end in sight.  Who can forget that incredible Bengals-Eagles tie in '08 - YAWN!

And don't even get me started on the zillion commercial breaks. 

End of the 4th quarter - HUGE LONG BREAK (UGH!)

It seems like 15 real minutes go by between the end of the 4th quarter and the first play from scrimmage in OT.  And then the team huddles after each play, the no-huddle of the 4th quarter long left behind.  YAWN.  And then some crazy soccer player nails a 47-yarder like its his full-time job - no big deal.  Game Over.  And the other team is always feeling screwed because one of their captains called Heads instead of 'Tails Never Fails'. 

"What were you thinking?!  Tails never fails. You know that!"
"I dunno.  I was feeling heads."
"Ugh. You know what I'm feeling?!  I'm feeling you suck at Coin Toss man."

I wonder if video games should put in a Coin Toss attribute for NFL players.  Who is the NFL leader in Coin Tosses won?!  Or Lost?  Has any player lost more than 2?!  Now THERE'S a trivia question.

So here is your new, improved, Fobeashyi-approved NFL Overtime Format.
  • 2  FIVE-MINUTE HALVES (game ends in a Tie after 2 Halves)
  • NO SUDDEN DEATH (but if one team is leading after the first 5-minute half, the game is OVER. BOOK IT!)
  • NO KICKOFFS to start either half, ball is simply placed at the 20 (however, kickoffs still occur normally after FGs/TDs)
  • if 2nd Half is needed the "other" team gets the ball (aka the team that DIDN'T win the toss)
  • 4th Quarter Timing Rules, 2:00 Warning, 1 Timeout each team (per half)
Why is this 61,218 times better than the current OT structure?
- No more kicking/special teams-dominated, super-lame, zero-urgency overtimes. 
- Completed faster, less breaks
- Way more strategy/clockology/tough coaching decisions
- Hey, if your defence can't stop them from going the length of the field, eating up most of the 5 minutes than you don't deserve to win.
- Late-in-the-game-style football

Imagine if there's 1:40 left in the first OT, you have the ball on the opposition 40 yard line and its 4 and 2.  Whaddya do?  Kick the 57-yard field goal?  Punt?  Go for it?!  Decisions! Decisions!  Your opponent may get the ball TWICE!  The first time with 1:30 left or so.  And assuming your tied, they'll get it again to start the next half.   So many decisions/situations to manage.  And a lot more urgency!

So maybe it would result in more ties.  So what?  I never understood why a tie was such a horrible way to conclude a game.  You play hard, your evenly matched, you each get a point.  And you may be glad you did - especially with all of the tie-breaking rules at season's end.  That silly tie the Eagles got with the Bengals a couple season back was written as a travesty then in the Philly media but it ended up being the point that got them into the playoffs.  Look it up - its true!

Now here's an idea.  Talk to the folks at EA SPORTS and get them to run Madden 10 with these new rules about 100 times and see what the results are.  I bet you the winner ends up being 55/45 either way for whoever won/lost the coin toss.  Maybe even 50/50!

Overtime solved!

Your thoughts?!

Category: NFL
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