Oct 042010
Eagles head coach Andy Reid

Eagles head coach Andy Reid

October 4 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez:

“Everything is outsourced these days. Data entry. Tech support. HR. Call a company in the continental United States, get an operator in Asia. It’s the way business is done now.

How long until the Eagles figure it out and hire a low-wage foreign national to help the head coach with game management and other areas in which he’s failed to fulfill his long-standing promise to “do a better job”? There has to be some brilliant, quick-study slum-dog type who would do it for minimum wage. The Birds could place an ad on the Internet and have the position filled in a flash:

Wanted: Self-starter with basic understanding of when to call time-outs and how to get plays in quickly. Applicants with a clue will be given first consideration.

After the Eagles lost to the Redskins, 17-12, in a game that wasn’t nearly as dramatic or interesting as the hype that preceded the contest, Andy Reid said the Eagles had a chance to win the game. He meant at the end, when time was running down and the team, in an unforeseen and shocking development, had no time-outs remaining.

It might not have come to that – the familiar desperation and ultimate disappointment – had the Eagles punched in a touchdown at the end of the first half instead of kicking a field goal. That would have potentially set up the Birds to tie the game later on, and it also might have saved them from going for two after they scored in the fourth quarter.

The botched sequence at the end of the first half was an all-timer, even for Reid. The officials spent a good while determining whether LeSean McCoy crossed the goal line. Maybe you thought he scored. Maybe Reid thought he scored. The refs didn’t. They spotted the ball at the one. That seemed to bake Big Red’s brain.

“I had all this time here to go over exactly what we wanted done,” Reid admitted. “But the position of the ball wasn’t quite what we thought.”

The Eagles called a time-out – after a lengthy review. It was laughable but not all that out of character for Reid, who only makes two types of decisions – slow and slower. But, hey, you can’t rush these things.

So Reid and his people talked some more. They talked for a long time. They talked so much, the Birds didn’t get the play in on time and were slapped with a delay-of-game penalty – after a lengthy review and a time-out.

It takes a special strategist to turn a goal-line call into a field goal in that fashion. Donovan McNabb recognized Reid’s singular talent. He clapped and smiled while the Birds were pushed back five yards.”

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