Go Eagles!

dan's picture

Funny how in just two weeks it goes from "We couldn't even make the playoffs" to "I wonder whether we'll beat the Ravens, the Steelers, or the Chargers when we win the Superbowl."

kdubs215's picture

Gotta love the way they have

Gotta love the way they have stepped up . GO BIRDS BRING ON THE CARDS :rr:

rtsaidred's picture

They are hitting their peak

They are hitting their peak at the right time. Go Eagles! What a great game. My favorite part? The wo back to back 4th down denials. Way to go, D!

:wav:

Ftown66's picture

maybe we can have dual

maybe we can have dual championship year. :tongue6:

jmminarik's picture

Woo-Hoo! I will continue my

Woo-Hoo! I will continue my streak of not watching any games, just so I don't screw up any superstitions.

Kat's picture

jmminarik wrote:Woo-Hoo! I

jmminarik wrote:

Woo-Hoo! I will continue my streak of not watching any games, just so I don't screw up any superstitions.

Funny you said that Joe - I said the same thing today. If I ever start watching a game when it is already started, they always seem to lose. Today we got back from the Poconos and I started my weekly cook-a-thon right as they started. I was listening on the radio and loving every minute. Nunzio was downstairs screaming his head off. Great game. What a crazy playoff run all around!

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Kat wrote:jmminarik

Kat wrote:
jmminarik wrote:

Woo-Hoo! I will continue my streak of not watching any games, just so I don't screw up any superstitions.

Funny you said that Joe - I said the same thing today. If I ever start watching a game when it is already started, they always seem to lose. Today we got back from the Poconos and I started my weekly cook-a-thon right as they started. I was listening on the radio and loving every minute. Nunzio was downstairs screaming his head off. Great game. What a crazy playoff run all around!

Too Funny! We won't watch the games here either; don't want to jinx them.

george's picture

Good thing they benched

Good thing they benched McNabb and fired Reid!

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george wrote:Good thing they

george wrote:

Good thing they benched McNabb and fired Reid!

Hey sharky, don't get snarky, just 'cause the Dolphins are sleeping with the fishes.

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Nunzio wrote:Hey sharky,

Nunzio wrote:

Hey sharky, don't get snarky, just 'cause the Dolphins are sleeping with the fishes.

Hey!! The Dolphins had the greatest turnaround in NFL history AND I'm pulling for the Birds, wise guy.

All I'm saying is that fans in general don't know crap. I saw the same thing in Miami where everyone wanted to fire Don Shula and bench Dan Marino.

QB and Coach are the EASY targets---it has virtually nothing to do with the bigger picture.

Been watching the NFL for 40 years. Seen it all. In truth, the McNabb/Reid combo has been exceptionally succesful in this town. Hasn't it? And yeah, I even know names like 'Mike Boryla' if we're checking history. :)

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george wrote:Nunzio

george wrote:
Nunzio wrote:

Hey sharky, don't get snarky, just 'cause the Dolphins are sleeping with the fishes.

Hey!! The Dolphins had the greatest turnaround in NFL history AND I'm pulling for the Birds, wise guy.

All I'm saying is that fans in general don't know crap. I saw the same thing in Miami where everyone wanted to fire Don Shula and bench Dan Marino. Heck, I was even part of the fan chorus down there pleading for Jimmy Johnson.

You saw how that worked out.

QB and Coach are the EASY targets---it has virtually nothing to do with the bigger picture.

Been watching the NFL for 40 years. Seen it all. In truth, the McNabb/Reid combo has been exceptionally succesful in this town. Hasn't it? And yeah, I even know names like 'Mike Boryla' if we're checking history. :)

31-20 Eagles in the NFC title game, btw.

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george wrote:Nunzio

george wrote:
Nunzio wrote:

Hey sharky, don't get snarky, just 'cause the Dolphins are sleeping with the fishes.

Been watching the NFL for 40 years. Seen it all. In truth, the McNabb/Reid combo has been exceptionally succesful in this town. Hasn't it? And yeah, I even know names like 'Mike Boryla' if we're checking history. :)

Funny, I just brought up Mike Boryla in a conversation about a week ago.

But, in any case, you're right, buddy. The McNabb/Reid combo has been the most successful in the history of the Eagles, no doubt. The thing that irritates us Anti-Andies is that after 10 years, he continues to bungle fundamental aspects of the game, namely, managing the clock and converting short yardage. Truthfully, I don't know if it's him or Donovan with regard to clock management. Donovan never was one for the two-minute offense and Andy never was one to call out a player. So, who knows who it is, but those two things are incredibly irritating and at times they have an obvious effect on the outcome.

I will concede, however, that Buddy Ryan was terrible at clock management, too. But as you know, only one win matters, so as far as that's concerned, Buddy and Andy are equally unsuccessful. The thing about Buddy's teams, and why I have such an affection for them, is that they had personality and they made football fun to watch and fun to read about. You could wrap your arms around the players and the coaches. The cloak of sterility that Andy hangs over the team gives them a standoffish feel. It's hard to engender any affection for them, other than for what they do on the field. It seems like they're just numbers in a box score and names on an injury report.

Here's an irony for you; nobody wanted Buddy gone more than me, after three consecutive first round playoff losses. Boy, was I stupid. Maybe I'm wrong this time, too.

kdubs215's picture

Buddy is no where near andy

Buddy is no where near andy regarding success ... Buddy never won a playoff game and andy has us in the 5th conference title game in 8 years and hopefully the 2nd super bowl

neilpuck's picture

There will be no more talk

There will be no more talk of Tampa Bay. Sunday's game will in no way resemble the one back in November. Focus.....we're facing a defense which has 6 interceptions in the playoffs, and putting up more yards than any other remaining team.

While I think the Eagles will win, I don't think anyone should be making reservations yet. It doesnt sound like the Eagles players are either, but you never know the difference between what they're saying on air vs what they're thinking or saying to each other.

FOCUS PEOPLE!

george's picture

I agree Arizona won't just

I agree Arizona won't just roll over and die but they remain a flawed team that is outstanding in only one area---their passing game. They were blown out in embarrassing style in a few of their games this year, even though they've looked better in the playoffs.

The Eagles aren't dominating, either (I don't think ANY team is/was genuinely great this year) but they are the more well-rounded squad and are rightfully favored. I think they can control the clock on these guys and make them very one-dimensional.

Then again, maybe it's that I just can't imagine the Cardinals of all teams playing in a Super Bowl. They've pretty much been the poster boys for NFL futility for a long, long time.

dan's picture

george wrote:Arizona...were

george wrote:

Arizona...were blown out in embarrassing style in a few of their games this year

I'm glad that never happens to the Eagles. :)

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Nunzio wrote:I will concede,

Nunzio wrote:

I will concede, however, that Buddy Ryan was terrible at clock management, too. But as you know, only one win matters, so as far as that's concerned, Buddy and Andy are equally unsuccessful. The thing about Buddy's teams, and why I have such an affection for them, is that they had personality and they made football fun to watch and fun to read about. You could wrap your arms around the players and the coaches. The cloak of sterility that Andy hangs over the team gives them a standoffish feel. It's hard to engender any affection for them, other than for what they do on the field. It seems like they're just numbers in a box score and names on an injury report.

I can see that. Teams tend to reflect the personality of their coach and Reid isn't exactly a fireball of emotions.

Still, that style can certainly be successful. I grew up watching Shula's teams in the 70's (long before the Marino years) and he was also a dispassionate guy whose teams were more methodical and intelligent than a bundle of emotions---yet they were hugely successful. Belichick is another guy with little personality (certainly not a likeable one, anyway) but the results have been outstanding.

I don't know if there's really a "better" style of coaching. Both fiery types like Jimmy Johnson and Ditka have won titles, but so have polar opposites like Shula, Landy, Shanahan, etc. Either style works as long as the team respects them and they know how to delegate to their assistants---which I think Reid does quite well.

Alberta's picture

STEELERS!

STEELERS!

Ftown66's picture

Alberta

Alberta wrote:

STEELERS!

SUCK! Oh! I thought this was the word association thread. My bad!

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kdubs215 wrote:Buddy is no

kdubs215 wrote:

Buddy is no where near andy regarding success ... Buddy never won a playoff game and andy has us in the 5th conference title game in 8 years and hopefully the 2nd super bowl

True,

nunzio wrote:

But as you know, only one win matters, so as far as that's concerned, Buddy and Andy are equally unsuccessful.

That's my point.