The Men Behind the Curtain of the Philadelphia Eagles

John MatheosContributor IIMarch 19, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie (right)  with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before an NFL NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 13, 2007 in the Superdome in New Orleans.  The Saints won 27 - 24.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes. Right?

But do we ever stop to ask ourselves where this information is stemming from?

Yes, at times we may see coaches who belong to the Eagles organization make negative and positive comments in magazines, live conferences, and private interviews.

Does this give us the right to scrutinize them for what they say?

Or better yet, does it give us the right to scrutinize the play calls that are made on the field. Do they only come from the football staff, or is the head office in on it as well? Is it only on Andy Reid when a red flag isn't thrown (Chicago vs Philadelphia Monday Nighter 2008, Buckhalter on the one. Remember that!)?

When a trade occurs, why do we blame Andy Reid? When we are unsuccessful in signing a free agent, why do we accuse him?

When we lose in the playoffs, we blame the coaches and Donovan. Why? It is horrible to do that.

If you want to point the finger somewhere, point it to the front office. The men behind the curtain are the ones who need to be held responsible. Andy Reid is a puppet, a controlled substance, just like myself and most of us around the world. 

Andy is not the problem. He is only a flower who keeps getting cut by us. If we want to solve the problem, we must pull the root of the flower.

And I bet you that if we saw the root, the description would  be about five feet tall, with wrinkles and white hairs all over it!