Thursday, September 23, 2010

Why No Love?

I think this could be a playoff team no matter who the QB is. I keep coming back to the question: Are they really that much worse than the 11-5 they were last year? It's not like Reid has a history of missing the playoffs. He has a history of not winning the Super Bowl, but you can't say the guy doesn't make it to the post season.

A history lesson:

2009 11-5, playoffs loss in round 1
2008 9-6-1, loss in NFC Championship game (2 wins in post season)
2007 8-8, no playoffs
2006 10-6, loss in 2nd round of playoffs
2005 6-10, no playoffs
2004 13-3, loss in SB (2 wins in post season)
2003 12-4, loss in NFC Championship game (1 wins in post season)
2002 12-4, loss in NFC Championship game (1 wins in post season)
2001 11-5, loss in NFC Championship game (2 wins in post season)
2000 11-5, loss in 2nd round of playoffs
1999 5-11, no playoffs

So 70% of the time, Reid manages to get to the playoffs. And only once in those 7 attempts does he go one and done. That's a playoff win 60% of the seasons for those keeping score at home. Anyone care to guess how many playoff wins the Eagles had in the 30 years before Reid took over? The answer is 5. Total. Or 1 playoff win every 6 years. Or half what Reid's has in the last 10 years.

This is what boggles my mind. I'll give you all the clock management issues, inability to run the ball, yadda-yadda-yadda, etc. But at some point don't you have to look at THAT track record and say, "I don't know how he's going to do it, but Reid's going to figure out a way to get this team to the playoffs."

Given how much crap 5 got over the years, I know you're not going to tell me it was all McNabb all those years and Reid was just along for the ride. Banner's great cap management (front office never won a game)? It must have been Dawk (oops, not on the team last year)?

Akers has been the only other constant over the years so it must have been all those FGs he's kicked. That's the only other logical conclusion you can draw. Personally, that seems a lot more illogical than Reid is a great head coach and deserves the benefit of the doubt.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have pointed out the obvious answer to their success- Ackers.

7:03 AM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the the first ever post by the Mrs. The Happy Apologist. And it was a very non-sarcastic post as Akers is her favorite player. Please make her feel welcome so she'll drop some knowledge again.

5:43 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Andy has ever had an O line and D line combo as bad as this. He has usually assembled great talent in those areas but this year's team, for whatever reason, has significantly regressed despite many of the guys playing the same spots last year. Patterson looks absolutely atrocious in run D right now. he is getting blown into the Lb routinely. Peters looks a year slower and softer, Justice barely gets in anyone's way, and Cole gets dominated by double teams in the run game. That is my number one reason they will not be good enough. The trenches are weaker than ever in his tenure.

And as an avid supporter of the "Don must go" movement, I will freely admit that they have no Don on this roster right now. Vick has better legs but he invariably will do a lot of stupid things-see that sideline sack last week-that put him in danger. Don was at least safe and cautious with the football.

i feel dirty admitting that.


10:43 AM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

Listen, everyone has their good points. And 5's greatest strength was not making dumb plays. You can go a long way by just not making tons of mistakes.

2:24 PM EDT  
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