Andy Reid: Fire Up The Troops

WesAnalyst IJanuary 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the New York Giants on November 1, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Eagles are shaking the proverbial eight ball right now and things don’t look all that promising.

A win is not impossible, but to be honest it does seem a little unlikely.

So what do you do if you doubt yourself?

You conjure up the memories of Knute Rockne, your favorite Rocky clip, or some other source of motivation.

In this case, the players could use a little pre-game speech to get ‘em fired up like a bunch of ravenous animals salivating for blood.

Without further ado I give you the pre-game speech Andy Reid can deliver to the Eagles.



There are 8,760 hours in one year. As far as the entire country is concerned, the Dallas Cowboys are better than you every day, every hour and every minute of the year. They can do whatever they want during that time and beat you into submission.

Not tonight. Not for the next three hours.

Let the entire country think Dallas is better than you all the time. Let them doubt us. Let them talk about our weaknesses and bury our strengths.

Honestly, I don’t care if the Cowboys are better than you. Let them be better than you for 8,757 hours, but own them for the next three.

Impose your will upon them and prove the entire country wrong.

Receivers, you have been shut down. Donovan, you have looked ordinary. Defensive line, you’ve been pushed around and manhandled. Secondary, you have been whipped. Coaches, you have looked like fools.

None of that matters now. You have been given the chance to erase all of that over the next three hours.

It is rare to be given a third opportunity. It is rare to be alive after you have been beaten the way we have. Make Dallas regret that we are in the playoffs. Make them wish they never have to play us again.

Make the next three hours the finest in your lives.

Give them the 8,757 hours. I don’t want them. I only want three. Am I asking too much of you?

I ask you to give me everything you have in the heat of the summer for eight hours or more.

And tonight I am only asking for three. Is that too much to ask?

Do you have it in you to give me and each other three hours? If you can’t give each other that then don’t walk out of this locker room. Stay in here scared while we go out there and whip the Cowboys into submission.

We control what happens on that field and we control who goes home. We control all of it because this is our time.

We may be in their house, but it is our time. It is our three hours.