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Jeff Mclane of the Inquirer reports that the Birds have hired former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles as the CB coach, and that drumroll please…
I guess Andy Reid doesn’t want his job after 2012.
As for Bowles, I don’t know much about the guy except he’s been the secondary coach on slew of horrible teams.
One of the most perplexing things about Big Red is that in personal one-on-one interviews and interactions is that he is quite a jolly guy, perhaps even a funny. It is amazing to me that this does not translate AT ALL to his press conferences.
Honestly, I think the press conference thing is completely over done anyway. I don’t care what he hell the coaches or players have to say after the games, or in between. As Al Davis used to say, “Just win baby.” Look at Belichick, he is probably THE worst press conference coach in the history of sports. I’d take this any day for the production. Anyway, the point is that Reid made a recent appearance at the Sixers game and was interviewed by Matt Cord, and had some interesting things to say:
A few observations:
1. I love that Reid actively supports the other Philly sports teams. People should give him more props for this. I like a coach who truly likes all sports and knows what is going on, and I think most of us would agree. I don’t want some guy who is completely detached from what is going on in the City sports-wise. So, this is cool. However, I wonder how Lurie and Banner feel about him being a “huge Phillies fan.”
2. I love the idea of scouting Sixers for Eagles use, if only as an amusing thing to think about. However, if I’m picking a Sixer player to translate to the NFL, I’d go with Thaddeus Young, as opposed to Elton Brand (who would likely blow both knees out immediately upon football contact). Seems to me he could make for a nice possession receiver. You could run the jump ball in corner of the end zone all day long.
3. Reid as a basketball player and enforcer? Shades of Barkley. Throw it down big man!
4. From what I gathered from the interview, Reid and Collins might be kind of boys. Collins is by far the best press conference and sound clip coach I have ever seen in this City. It’s actually pretty remarkable. You are just completely glued in on whatever he is saying and immediately inspired. Now, let’s get some press conference teaching sessions going with Reid.
5. Notice Reid’s game day attire has slipped into everyday life as well? All black baby, so you can tuck away at least 12 dollar dogs while taking in the game.
I like the latest double-standard the beat guys of our town have created with their whimsical Juan Castillo staying/going articles over the past few weeks. Listen, I don’t mind speculative articles if you actually have something to go on. If fact, when we bloggers practice the same level of unsourced rumination, the wimpled beatwriters take glee in rapping our knuckles with their holier than thou rulers.
Jonathan Tamari – Reid’s silence an ominous sign for Castillo
Reuben Frank – All signs point to the Eagles replacing Castillo
Reuben Frank – Spagnuolo move means likely return for Castillo
G. Cobb came on record and stated the Eagles basically made no push for Spagnuolo.
Mike Missanelli – Reid, Castillo will be back.
None of these stories are grounded in facts or sources. Legitimate, named sources anyway. Check out this beauty from Jeff McLane of the Inquirer yesterday:
Spagnuolo agreed to take the defensive coordinator job with the Saints last week, according to various reports. New Orleans has yet to make the hire official. Indications from several leagues sources are that the Eagles had hoped to hire Spagnuolo. Castillo, though, is still technically the Eagles’ defensive coordinator and the general feeling coming from some of the coaching staff is that he will stay in his current position.
First off, if an Eagles coach came out and stated (even anonymously) that he believed Castillo wouldn’t be back, the Eagles’ front office would smoke him out of his hole and terminate him. Why would any coach who appreciated his job say anything to the contrary, especially about a guy as respected at Castillo? Second, and we’ve all broached this subject before, but what the fuck is a LEAGUE SOURCE? I have a friend who knows a guy who knows a girl who dated Julius Peppers (that’s true by the way). I guess that makes me a league source.
I almost think these guys weave this type of writing into their articles because it’s become second nature to them. Not unlike coach-speak. That or they call some dipshit scout with no knowledge of the situation but the articles he’s read online, and then regurgitates what he’s already heard in the media musings. ESPN reported the Eagles might go after Spagnuolo? It’s probably true.
Writer: Do you have any knowledge of the Eagles plan for their defensive coordinator situation?
Scout aka League Source: I heard on ESPN that they were reportedly looking at Spags. Makes sense I guess, he was here before.
Writer: Thanks! [Hangs up]
Headline: “League source confirms Eagles’ targeting Spagnuolo, Castillo likely gone”
Now, I kid a little here, because I do think most of these guys are better than that, I just want to bring up that little double standard. I know it’s a slow time for a local beat guy. Here’s an idea, cover the Senior Bowl and the other college all-star games with the same ferocity as this bullshit, and I’ll be a happier reader.