Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:41 pm

What A Glorious Day It Would Be

Recently, a rumor broke that Andy Reid would be stepping down as Head Coach and one, Jon Gruden, would be named the new coach of our beloved franchise. Now this is preposterous to think that would happen now but I have been saying in discussions with friends about Reid being fired, that Gruden would be a perfect match and that I think he is holding out specifically for this job. Hear me out. I know there's no proof, but when the Eagles signed Vick, I said he'd be starting in two years unless “5” won a Super Bowl. He didn’t and Vick was starting this year and now he is going to get franchised. Gruden was offensive coordinator here for 3 years under Ray Rhodes. He has ties to the city. He coached in the same division Vick played in for several years so he has some familiarity with Vick. When you listen to him call an Eagles game on MNF you hear in his voice how excited he gets when talking about the Eagle franchise and the current playmakers we have on the roster. Gruden would be a perfect fit. He is the polar opposite of Andy. Oh, and Gruden has something Reid doesn’t, a Super Bowl ring. Gruden is exactly what this city wants and needs. He's a fiery entity who tells it how it is. He doesn’t sugar coat or cover up things in the organization, he calls it how he sees it. I think he has the exact character that many Philadelphians are made out of. I think Reid is a phenomenal coach, I really do, but I think that he’s taken this team as far as he can, and for us fans that’s not far enough. His time has come and ownership is slowly starting to realize that as well. A change needs to be made and like I said in my last post we want the sexy hire. I'm willing to go all in on saying Jon Gruden will be Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 5, 2011 12:08 am

There's a new sheriff in town.. sort of

Yesterday the Eagles formally announced the promoting of offensive line coach Juan Castillo, to his new position.... defensive coordinator? Initially my reaction was probably the same as other iggle fans, confused and baffled to say the least. I honestly thought it was such an embarrassing moment in Andy Reid's tenure that I chuckled a bit. After sleeping on the decision and approaching it with an open mind I have a pretty optimistic outlook. First off, let’s face it, the Eagles weren’t going to hire a proven defensive coordinator. There were no options out there and that’s what they needed. We needed someone with experience who can come in here and get the defense back on track. The window of opportunity is open for this club to win a championship on the offensive side of the ball, we just need the defense to catch up. I don’t think we could afford to hire the likes of Mike Trgovac or Winston Moss and go through a complete makeover while they incorporate the proper personnel for their systems. I think both of those coaches will be great DCs but unless the Eagles were ready to part ways with Big Red, declaring a rebuilding phase, I either wanted an experienced DC or an in-house entity. That’s where Castillo comes in. I understand he hasn’t coached defense in over 20 years but reading up on his influence on the late Jim Johnson's game plans and the respect he garners from coaches and players, I feel more confident. Castillo will put in the time and effort needed to succeed in this this league. Coaches around the league have nothing but good things to say about him. They seem to think he’ll do a great job as coordinator. So why don’t we? I’ll tell you. Because we crave the most illustrious and most coveted, yet seemingly untouchable trophy known to Philadelphia sports fans, the Lombardi trophy. We want that precious sterling silver symbol and the euphoria that comes with it so bad, that only sexy hiring’s are adequate enough to satisfy our hunger for a championship. Something Castillo is not. The players on the Eagles already love him and are familiar with him. They understand the position he was just put in and will play their hearts out for him. Every team is looking for the next big thing. That’s why thirty-something’s like Josh McDaniels or Raheem Morris get hired in the first place. Some sink while others swim. I think the Eagles just won the 100 meter backstroke with this hiring.

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