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Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:44 am
Edited on: November 17, 2009 2:49 pm
 
Andy, really, the city of Philadelphia loves you. We really do. But you're killing us. You're not running the ball enough. You need to establish the run, which establishes the play action that you can use in the redzone.

We can accept some of these losses (New Orleans, San Diego) because they're pretty good teams at home. We can not accept losses at home to divisional opponents (Dallas) and losses to bad teams (Oakland). Still, there's a lot of football left to be played and you haven't lost out on the playoffs yet. And you have a playoff team that will be feared in January, and everyone knows it.

You say you got outschemed against the Chargers last Sunday. I believe it. You could have been in that game in the 1st half if you could punch it in from the San Diego 5. Now, I know that Brian Westbrook went down again and that's becoming a problem now. But we don't have a true third running back (Weaver is still a fullback and I love seeing him get carries. Keep doing it.), and our number two RB is rookie McCoy. There has to be a third guy that gets involved when Westbrook is out. Elrda Buckley has had a total of 4 carries all year. And Westbrook has missed several games. He did well in the preseason. I saw him play and he's solid. You have to get him involved to take some pressure of McCoy, especially when Westbrook is out.

Here's some stats for you too Andy. YOu ran the ball only 14 times against Oakland, in a close game, and lost. In that game, you averaged more yards per rush (4.8) than per pass (4.2). Against San Diego you only ran the ball 13 times the fewest total of rushes in any loss this season. And don't give me this we were down early garbage. I can't remember the last time the Eagles established the run in a game. Ever. Do you know what play-action can do to some of these defenses with the WR's you have Andy? You stopped running the ball and your WR's stop making big plays. (Kudos to Jason Avant's career day. He wanted that game and played great as a 3rd WR/slot man. You now have another guy that defenses have to cover.)

Also, I love that the Eagles are willing to give Mike Vick a second chance. Really, I think it's great. I wanted to see him go to a strong organization and stay out of trouble. He's doing that and I couldn't be happier for him. Now, throw away every "Spread Eagle"/Wildcat play you have. Right now. If you were serious about it, he'd be in 10 times a game, not a token apperance here or there. Every time he comes in, it kills a drive it seems. I'm sorry Vick, really I am, I was excited to see what you could do, but Andy isn't using you properly, which means he shouldn't use you at all.

So Coach Reid. I have a proposition for you. This is what you are going to do. You're going to run the ball 30 times this weekend against Chicago on Sunday Night. McCoy should get 15-20 carries, not touches, carries. Weaver and Buckley can split the other 10 and maybe give Jackson an end-around or something. McNabb should be running it upfield too, he's still pretty quick. Keep the Bears on their toes. This is not-neogotiable. You're going to do it, and you're going to beat the Bears.

Signed,

Eagles Fans
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

Well I had to send an update to how to fix the eagles and really the problem is almost everywhere, but I think the Eagles need a new identity because what's going on right now is not working. We have to remember that the Eagles really did not beat anyone this season and it was evident.



Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:48 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

I just wanted to come back here and eat my crow in front of everyone.  And I will gladly do it.

Andy did run the ball...30 freaking times!!!



Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 9:47 am
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

Well written and well thought out.  However, as Eagles fans, do we not find ourselves saying this very same thing at least once a season?  And what happens the week after everyone and their mother's are screaming to RUN THE BALL?  We see a pass heavy offense.

The last time we had any sort of a running game is back when we had the 3-headed monster of Duuuuuece, Buck, and Westy.  But that was some 7-8 years ago...ever since then, it is pass pass pass.

I would love to see 25 (as you say) carries Sunday night...but it will not happen.  Andy has never learned from his mistakes.  Andy has never changed his game plan.  Andy will always look to the pass.

As proof, I offer you the role of Leonard Weaver. 

What killed us last season?  1 yard!  At least 2 or 3 games were lost because of a 1 yard play, which the Eagles could not gain.  In comes Weaver.  Remember when we signed him?  Remember how you felt, or at least what you thought?  "Yes, a big bruiser of a full back who is able to move a pile, and GAIN A YARD!!!

But, for the fist 6/7 games of the season, the Eagles found themselves in a 3rd and 1...that resulted in a failed passing play, and Weaver was not even on the field.

I am sorry to be such a pessimist about it.  I love the Birds, and want nothing more than for them to succeed; but I truly believe that come Sunday night, we will still see the pass first offense, and less than 20 running plays.

I hope I am wrong.




Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 5:21 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

I agree with you 100%! Run the damn ball Andy! For the love of God, run the ******* ball!



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 2:03 am
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

Lets face it with out a healthy Westbrook the Eagles have become a one dimemsinal passing team.  Sure they have Jackson and Avant ant their stud TE, but thats it, no running attack. Fortunetly they play the next three games agains't San Diego, Chicago and Washington, two teams of which have questionable pass defenses.  The Eagles can best win 2 of 3. As long as Westbrook is sidelined the Eagles are in trouble. If Mcnabb can stay upright they have a chance, and the defense has to rise to the occasion to be succesful. Could be make or break these next two weeks for the Eagles season.



Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:22 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

So Coach Reid. I have a proposition for you. This is what you are going to do. You're going to run the ball 30 times this weekend against Chicago on Sunday Night. McCoy should get 15-20 carries, not touches, carries. Weaver and Buckley can split the other 10 and maybe give Jackson an end-around or something. McNabb should be running it upfield too, he's still pretty quick. Keep the Bears on their toes. This is not-neogotiable. You're going to do it, and you're going to beat the Bears.


Your comments make sense, but Andy Reid isn't a sensible person. The only thing he knows how to do is run a passing offense. Please don't be surprised by this. We have seen the same offense for over a decade.

Now that Brian Westbrook is out, Reid will believe that the only way they are going to win is by passing 50+ times this Sunday.




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 3:06 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

this is well done i like this



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:46 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

Umm...Wow. Thanks Joe.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:08 pm
 

Dear Andy Reid - How to Fix the Eagles

Nice work! I'm going to give this a feature spot on the Community homepage. Laughing


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