San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, fresh off this past Sunday’s victory over the now 1-3 Eagles, did an interview on one of those horrible ESPN shows this morning.
He was asked about the Eagles defense, and let’s just say he wasn’t shy about speaking his mind.
“I think, you know, the Eagles, they didn’t want to play no more. You know, we just kept pounding and kept pounding and you know, kept making plays, and you know I think we kind of knocked the fight out of them.”
That’s just about the most damning thing a player can say about another team. He didn’t say they were bad, or they were out of position, or anything like that. It was worse. He said they gave up. He said they stopped trying. He said, without using so many words, that they were basically beat into submission. Pretty much gutless.
And you know what, after watching the Eagles choke away a 20 point lead in the fourth quarter, it’s hard to argue with him. Gore didn’t even start as he was coming off a sprained ankle, yet he still managed to put up 127 yards on 15 carries, an 8.5 average. Disgraceful.
Really, the only good thing about the state of the Eagles is it ensures that not only will the failing Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator experiment be ending, the whole not-good enough Andy Reid era will be ending soon as well.
My shortlist starts with Jon Gruden. Maybe Rob Ryan. Really, anyone but Reid.