Thursday, November 08, 2007

Next Steps

from captain:

No posts in almost 2 days ?? Where's the interest ? The venom, the anger, the rage ???!!!!! You guys are killing me !!!
i'm not sure exactly what to be angry about. disappointed, definitely, but i'm not mad. i suppose you could be mad at andy if you thought he was holding back something, but i don't think that's the case. you could be mad at donovan if you thought he wasn't trying his best, but i think he is... he's just not nearly effective if he can't buy time with his legs. you could be mad at the o-line for sucking, but thomas, runyan, and herremans have been hurt all year.

i guess i'm mad at andy for making me believe this team was deeper than it really is. with the salary cap teams don't have any real depth anymore, but i thought this team did.

i'm in a wait and see mode because there is only one real decision to be made -- keep mcnabb or trade him. it depends a lot on whether the eagles think mcnabb can get healthy and/or back to the player he once was. if they believe he's going to get healthy, do they try to retool the team on the fly like green bay did with favre or do they start over with the new guy next season? it's interesting to note that green bay has been begging favre to retire for 3 seasons so they can move on.

i'm not sure if mcnabb can ever be the same player he once was. while he's a good enough passer and i think that issues about his "inaccuracy" are overblown, he's not good enough to be only a pocket qb.

regardless, the decision really can't be made until the end of the season, so, no venom from me right now. i need to see how the team progresses this year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captain,

I’m not particularly mad either, because I don’t have the emotional capacity to allow the Eagles to do that to me, but I wanted to weigh in anyway, because you seem like an engaging fellow who could use a little support right now.

Here’s some things for you to be mad about:

You can be mad at Andy for his failure to relate to the emotional intensity of the city. You can pound your fists into your face, screaming “Egad, I’m sick of hearing you talk about the same damn things every press conference, every year. I know you need to do a better job putting people in position to do a better job, I know you need get back to running the ball from time to time, I know you need to make game-time adjustments, I know you need to manage the clock better, I know you need to do a better job getting your players ready to play sixteen games each season.”

You can be mad at Donovan for acting like a petulant teenager, pretending that people are out to get him because a loud mouthed idiot took some drunken slobs to NYC to boo your draft selection, because a neo-conservative drug addict foisted his racial proclivities on an America that no longer cares an iota about race as it relates to professional sports, because you’re tired of excuses, and giggles, and smiles, and in-depth interviews, and you just want to see a damn football player playing the game he knows how to play.

You can be mad at the NFL for destroying football with an unquenched greed for advertising dollars.

You can be mad that blow-hards like John Madden make millions for repeating insipid “funny” lines about six-legged turkeys and tough guys, wheezing through cracked make-up and over-coiffed hair.

You can be mad at TMG for omitting basic punctuation from his posts, channeling e e cummings, but forgetting the poetry.

Whatever it takes, baby.

Ed Wade

Anyone out there have any opinions regarding the Phillies trade? I do, but I'm curious to hear yours...

8:06 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good points all from both of you guys. I'm not particularly enraged either because I have just accepted that this team isn't going to get it done. We have discussed and debated the reasons here and I'm not going to rehash them all in a 300 line post. I am disappointed, but since I have moved on to acceptance, I was hoping some rage or venom from this site could bring the feeling back. I do love football - I watch every Eagles game, but I find myself more and more looking to see who's playing on Sunday & Monday nights to see s better quality product than my local team can give me.

Captain

12:18 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

Captain, I think you've hit the nail on the head. We've all accepted the suckitude of this team and are bone-weary tired of the drama that surrounds this team (85% of which is foisted on it by the media imo). Deep, deep down I think they have a run of Ws left in them though. That's why I, too, am watching every game. Well, that and I think true fans will watch a 2-14 team no matter how bad they're losing.

Man, I hope Philly teams hurry up and start winning before my son's old enough to start watching sports.

12:49 PM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

Some interesting comments on Eagles in here:

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/2007/11/09/ramblings/too-deep-zone/5729/

1:19 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

You can be mad at Donovan for acting like a petulant teenager

definitely true. i think his overly sensitive nature is the biggest reason why fans haven't developed an emotional connection with him. in many ways, eric lindros and donovan have similar personalities which make them ill-suited to being "superstars". a shame because they were two of the most talented athletes to ever play here.

You can be mad at TMG for omitting basic punctuation from his posts, channeling e e cummings, but forgetting the poetry.

just to clarify, i omit capitalization but use punctuation. i think capital letters add complexity and effort without adding much value, while punctuation is necessary to reduce ambiguity and misinterpretation. i'm sure ee cummings was making some artistic statement, but as you mention, i'm no artist.

12:27 AM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Man, I hope Philly teams hurry up and start winning before my son's old enough to start watching sports.

me too.

12:28 AM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Anyone out there have any opinions regarding the Phillies trade? I do, but I'm curious to hear yours...

i think it's a good trade, but i guess it depends on how good you think bourn and costanzo are going to be. bourn and victorino are the same player and you'd give up too much power in the outfield to play both at the same time.

everything i've read about costanzo at baseballamerica and phuturephillies makes me think that costanzo will be a decent major league starter at best. hopefully he doesn't end up being the next ryne sandberg.

lidge's head hasn't been the same since the pujols hr in the playoffs a few years back. hopefully joel fish can work some wonders with him.

12:33 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This apple didn't fall far from that tree :::

Vikings coach Brad Childress didn't necessarily think his team came out flat, but took the blame for the loss.

"If my team wasn't ready and I didn't have them ready, then I am going to take responsibility for that," Childress said. "It's my fault."

He learned it well

Captain

8:18 PM EST  

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