When Andy Reid gave his customary press conference after the Eagles lost a hard fought game to the Chicago Bears 31-26, he had the eye of the tiger.
Reid, whose calm demeanor actually agitates the fan base of the Delaware valley, was irate. Angry after the Eagles lost to a first place team. It would have been an impressive victory, no doubt, had the Birds pulled it out, but they lost.
No big deal, right?
At least not to the outsider. After having a day to hear every theory under the sun as to why Reid was so upset, including his uncharacteristic public tongue lashing of wide receiver Desean Jackson, I believe I have the underlying reason for Reid’s anger.
First, a little background for my thesis.
I remember when I was in high school, I didn't get the best grades. But history was my favorite subject. I’m not sure why but I was very good at it. So much so, I scored a B in junior year U.S. History. A “B”!!
For a borderline C-D student, a B was something to celebrate, only that my Mom was not in the celebrating mood. She was upset. Why? “You should have gotten an “A”, she said. She was not looking at how I struggled, but at my potential. I have always been smart but rarely applied myself, especially as a youngster. As a result, I missed moments when I could have been great. I could have been an honor roll student. I could have made the basketball team and been an all-state player. But I didn't apply myself. My mom got on me that day and perhaps in hindsight, she should have done it earlier. Maybe, I would not have missed so many moments to be special.
Andy Reid’s been around the professional game a long time.
He has won a Super bowl as an assistant in Green Bay so he knows how hard it is to get to the top. You need a special team, a group of guys who are good enough to get to big game and win it. The Eagles are that team.
This is their moment, and Andy Reid knows that.
They have a quarterback who gives them a chance to win against any team in this league. The sloppy and (at times) uninspired play of the Eagles was unacceptable. Acceptable for an 8-8 caliber team. Unacceptable for this team. This team is better, and Coach Reid made it known how great he thinks they are and can be. My Mom saw an honor student in me, so when I got a “B”, she didn't rejoice, she chewed me out because I was capable of so much more. Reid did not pat his team on the back for losing to the Bears by 5 points. He got pissed off, and maybe, just maybe, the Eagles will get the real message.