Philadelphia Eagles: When Bad Coaching Happens to Good Teams

Alex McVeighSenior Analyst INovember 9, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles coaches against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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I root for the Philadelphia Eagles twice a year. At Dallas, and against Dallas at home. That's it. So last night, I tuned in hoping that the Philadelphia team that beat up on the New York Giants would show up, and take advantage of a weaker Dallas team.

Instead, I watched Wade Phillips out-coach Andy Reid. Let that sink in for a second.

How Andy Reid continues to draw paychecks as a professional football coach, is both mind-boggling and awe-inspiring.

I mean, most of us watching the game who had played Madden football understand the basics of football. Like, say, that timeouts are a good thing to have in the fourth quarter.

Or, perhaps, that a field goal is only worth three points, therefore giving the ball back to the other team down four with no timeouts isn't a good thing.

You would think so?

This is a man who has held this job for a decade. A job where he is paid millions to make decisions that put the talent he has in the best position to win?

Basically, he is stealing money.

The blame doesn't rest on him alone. Donovan McNabb was abysmal. He missed open receiver after open receiver, a glaring example being when he missed a wide-open DeSean Jackson over the middle.

If history shows us anything, it's that a wide open DeSean Jackson catching anything in stride equals six points.

Jeremy Maclin dropped a couple of key passes, and Asante Samuel made his share of boneheaded plays as well.

But they were handcuffed by incompetent calls from the top, and were still in a position to win, until Reid's blunders took center stage.

First of all, how badly can you botch a 4th-and-inches? Until I saw last night's holocaust, I thought just missing it was the worst you could do.

Andy Reid showed me.

You can challenge the spot, even though it was pretty clear that LeSean McCoy went backwards because of his own momentum. There's a timeout wasted.

Then, they decided to try and draw the Cowboys offsides, a questionable strategy for two reasons:

A) If they failed to draw Dallas offsides, then they would either have to use another timeout (which Andy Reid has no problem doing), or convert the first down.

B) They drew the Cowboys offsides!!! They did it. A Cowboy clearly jumped the line, but the Eagles didn't snap it, leading to a false start on one of their own linemen. How does that happen?

So now they had to punt anyways, only one timeout lighter.

As the Eagles continued to blow chance after chance, it became clear the Cowboys were going to do something which they did, in the form of a 49-yard pass to Miles Austin.

Quick side note: I refuse to believe that Miles Austin is good. Refuse. He was undrafted. The New York Jets decided that he wasn't worth a second-round pick in a trade.

He didn't catch more than three balls for four years, until the KC game a few weeks ago. And all of a sudden he's Jerry Rice? I don't think so.

Another quick side note: Roy Williams might be the worst receiver on the planet. Sure, I'm being a little facetious, but I've never seen someone have more worth assigned to him and do nothing.

He jogs his routes when he's not the primary. Last night, with the game still very much up in the air, he was running down the sideline and decided to step out of bounds rather than try to put a few moves on the linebacker that was the only person between him and the end zone.

Instead, he acted like a quarterback and just stepped out of bounds. What a diva. A diva who hasn't had a good season since 2006, by the way.

Back to the Andy Reid. He sucks. If I were an Eagles fan, I would be downright disgusted with the way he is ruining one of the most talented rosters in the NFL.