By Carden Hedelt aka MBIIIEffect
We all know how Philadelphia fans can be.
We also know how they like their scapegoat.
But their goat shouldn’t be quarterback Donovan McNabb, even though he did toss a few incompletions late in the game and had a poor first half. McNabb was easily the best player in the second half for the Eagles and McNabb finished with 375 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.
But don’t put it past Eagles fans to gripe about those incompletions late in the game or the poor first-half showing.
Could it be the defense or defensive coordinator Jim Johnson? That’s very possible, but you try drawing up a defensive gameplan to slow that offense. That’s easier said than done, and Johnson’s defensive scheme did shut down the Cardinals for most of the second half.
For this one, the media might even toss head coach Andy Reid under the bus.
One Philadelphia columnist has already: Just a few hours after the game ended, John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News had this to say in an article on Reid:
“I already modified the argument I made in November that Andy Reid should be fired as coach once the Eagles made the playoffs. You certainly don’t punish a coach for advancing to the NFC Championship Game. I will, however, repeat what I said after that tie in Cincinnati: Reid, as long as he is in complete control of football operations, will not bring a Super Bowl championship to Philadelphia. After a 10th season, and a fourth loss in an NFC Championship Game, it is clear that this is as good as it’s going to get.”
Wow. How about that for a knee-jerk reaction? A loss to arguably the hottest team in the NFL by a 4th quarter touchdown and this guy wants to fire Reid, who took a 5-5-1 team to the NFC Championship game, winning two road playoff games in the process.
I won’t argue that Smallwood makes his point poorly. He never really says what Reid did wrong. He mentions not picking up a big-play receiver, but that’s hard to argue after the Eagles had over 350 yards of passing offense.
What I will say is this: if the Philadelphia media and fans get in on this Andy Reid hate fest, expect Reid to call it quits in Philly.
I just don’t see him wanting to put up with more grief. All he’s been doing since his start in Philly is win. He’s made it to his conference championship five times, which is more than most teams in the NFL can say.