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Tigers Have Stripes ………….. The Bengals Simply Have Nothing At All To Make People Fear Them ……..


Tigers Have Stripes ………….. The Bengals Simply Have Nothing At All To Make People Fear Them ……..

So here we go , it appears that the storm clouds have arrived in Cincinnati as the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is said to be on the cusp of demanding a trade from the team and away from the organization completely. Well considering how bad the season went for the team and Palmer in particular one shouldn’t really view this as a surprise. The former Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t been anywhere near consistent this past season and if anything the team itself was something a great disappointment last season. And for coach Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff even with the changes set to be taking place it seems highly unlikely that the player will still want to remain with a team that was so haphazard and if anything so mediocre !

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Statistically this team simply didn’t measure up even coming off a season where they were the AFC North champions in 2009. However this season has anything but that where the Bengals simply were monstrous posting a 4-12 record within the AFC North . And even with the questionable play of Palmer you can’t but question also the lackadaisical effort forthcoming from Chad Ochocinco a player who if anything simply was nowhere to be seen for much of the season and in part it may well play its own part in not only the decision from Palmer but also with the front office also looking to possibly cut Ochocinco or quite possibly deal him during the upcoming NFL Draft in April.

Courtesy of NFL.com

Brown: Bengals won’t trade QB Palmer or hire coach Childress

The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t willing to trade Carson Palmer , who wants to leave one of the NFL’s least-successful franchises while he’s still in his prime.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said Monday that the 31-year-old quarterback asked for a trade a little more than a week ago. Brown told Palmer that the team wouldn’t trade him because he’s central to its plans.

“He was told that, and that we count on him going forward,” Brown told The Cincinnati Enquirer and the team’s website Monday. “He was told that we are not in a position to trade him.”

The franchise quarterback evidently decided it’s time to leave his mess of a team.

Palmer hasn’t talked to the media since making his trade request. A text message seeking comment wasn’t returned.

Palmer’s agent, David Dunn, issued a statement Monday about the meeting between his client and Brown:

“Carson met with Bengals owner Mike Brown recently. They both expressed profound disappointment in how the team fared last season, and in how it has generally performed during Carson’s tenure with the team. Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties. Carson could not respect the Brown family any more than he does or be more appreciative of what the Browns have done for him and his wife Shaelyn and his family.”

Palmer was the franchise’s building block when it made him the first overall draft pick in 2003, Marvin Lewis’ first season as coach. Palmer led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2005 and 2009 — their only winning records in the last 20 years — and rebounded from severe knee and elbow injuries along the way.

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For all of the disappointment of the Bengals it can’t have been to pleasing for the fans to see their divisional rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers make it to Superbowl 45 (SBXLV) where they’ll face the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington , Texas . Whatever lies ahead in the future for the Bengals it appears that Palmer wants no part of it and considering that it was said to be touch and go as to whether or not Marvin Lewis would return for next season it was something of a surprise when it was announced that he’d return and would also be in receipt of a contract extension also. It was clear that the Bengals’ front office felt it was a necessity to retain their coach even under the cloud of suspicion that this might well have been his last season with the team. Instead he’ll be given the chance to see if he can resurrect their fortunes and somehow turn things around.

Perhaps the one bright spot in the season for the Bengals was the play of Terrell Owens and the fact that he was the team’s leading offensive weapon during the year. And with Owens now being a free agent this offseason he may well have played himself back into contention and within the good graces of a number of teams around the NFL who might well be looking for a wide receiver to complement a young receiving corps in need of some veteran experience and leadership. Owens was the consummate professional through much of the season and played with a great deal of eagerness in order to prove himself not only to the fans in Cincinnati but also to general fans across the NFL.

Within the AFC North not only will the Bengals have to contend with the Pittsburgh Steelers , but also the ever consistent Baltimore Ravens and in state rivals the Cleveland Browns who after their own horrendous season have made changes within their coaching staff with the firing of former coach Eric Mangini by team President Mike Holmgren . For their part the Browns are now work in progress as Holmgren and the front office look to reassess the playing staff and the direction that the team is going in. This much we do know the only way is up for the Cleveland Browns after a disastrous season in 2010.

As to what the future now holds for Carson Palmer this much is most certainly clear should the Bengals entertain the idea of perhaps acquiescing to the player’s request then they can certainly look to use the player as a pawn in the upcoming NFL Draft with a view to moving higher and obtaining prized asset that would most certainly complement the team . Palmer’s career if anything has proven that he’s a good player in the right type of environment and situation. Within Bengals’ organization if anything, the environment there certainly wasn’t conducive to him being able to produce and it certainly hadn’t helped that Marvin Lewis had lost sight of his objectives and lost complete control of the team both on and off the field . That’s why from my perspective I thought it something of a shock that the front office had sought to retain him, while offering him an additional one year contract extension !

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The Cincinnati Bengals no one can deny have been utter and complete mess over the last few years even with a divisional title under their belt last year. This much is true however, an organization is only as good as the leadership provided from the executive level on down. And in the case of the Bengals there’s been little if any leadership from anyone with the authority to lead. Certainly not from Palmer , himself, who’d been often described as the face of the franchise , and there had been even less leadership from Marvin Lewis , who if anything just seemed to be going through the motions of being a coach and at the same time being so nonchalant. As to the Bengals’ ownership led by Mike Brown , and GM Jim Lippincott and Pete Pete Brown , VP of Player Personnel Operations . Well let’s just say that in terms of leadership there , it’s not akin to the rather somewhat asinine and tactless leadership we now see being conveyed by Congress , Senate and the President’s ——- administration combined. Where the option has been to try and put out fires when they themselves were the very same idiots who lit the match that caused the fire to begin with. That’s not leadership but mere stupidity and naivete being shown and it has become something that seems to be spreading across the league and political landscape ! Simply look at the teams at the bottom rung of the league , how they’ve fared this past season and ask yourself what indeed went wrong within those organizations ? Much of it may well have had to do with poor play on the field but I bet that you will also find that there was a complete lack of accountability and leadership where it mattered most , and that’s from within the front offices on down to the coaching staff and players !

What thoughts if any do you have on the impending future of the Bengals and that of their starting quarterback Carson Palmer ? Do you feel that the team will entertain the player’s idea of trading him or will they retain the player by your way of thinking ? Simply chime on in with a comment as to your thoughts on the matter and any other topic as it relates to the NFL.

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(1) This Dec.26, 2010 file photo shows Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (9) smiling in the closing seconds of their 34-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game in Cincinnati. Bengals owner Mike Brown says he won’t trade Palmer. Brown said on Monday that Palmer met with him a little more than a week ago and asked to be traded. Brown told Palmer that he wouldn’t consider it because the quarterback is central to the team’s plans. He plans to talk to Palmer again to try to smooth over their differences. AP Photo/David Kohl ……..

Baltimore , Md ,. January 2nd 2011 . Carson Palmer (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals fumbles the ball with less than two minutes to go in the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ………

(3) Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals coaches against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6 . Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ……….

(4) Ray Rice (27) of the Baltimore Ravens scores his team’s only touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ……….

(5) Carson Palmer (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Bengals 6-0 at the half. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ………

(6) Terrell Owens (81) of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints won 34-30. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ………

(7) Chad Ochocinco (85) of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Tracy Porter (22)of the New Orleans Saints during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints won 34-30. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ……

[8] Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, right, listens to Bengals owner Mike Brown speak at a news conference where it was announced Lewis had signed a contract extension with the NFL football team, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Al Behrman ………..

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Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?


Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?

I’m sorry but whatever seems to be now erupting within the Washington Redskins is a tour de force in comedic madness . I was very much under the impression that the organization and their defensive player Albert Haynesworth  had essentially called a truce . Instead we are now finding out that there’s an even greater impasse between the player, his coach Mike Shanahan , the coaching staff and teammates . It’s bad enough that the season for the Redskins has once again fallen into a crevasse of ineptitude. Mike Shanahan , his assistant Kyle Shanahan haven’t improved this team one iota ! Furthermore in Shanahan’s inept attempt to prove that he’s in charge he chose to embarrass his veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb . Who didn’t feel that it would be the rest of the NFL and the fans who’d have the last laugh after this charade and allout idiocy on the part of Shanahan ? =========================================================

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A team that was thought to quite possibly challenge the Philadelphia Eagles , New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys </a. for divisional supremacy within the NFC East has been anything but that ___ a team . Suffice to say that watching the Redskins play at Fedex Field has become a comedy of errors. Team owner Dan Snyder has had problems running this organization as a business and to see an individual who’s greatly admired within circles by his peers in the business world. Personally I just can’t see it but it’s all in the eye of the beholder . Haynesworth for his part has added nothing to this team since he was acquired via free agency . This being the same player whose career with the Tennessee Titans had been a success and where he’d made several visits to the Pro Bowl as a Titans’ player. However, Haynesworth not content with his situation with the team at the time chose to parlay his status by garnering a 7 year $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins of which $56 million was in guaranteed money. At the time I thought the contract itself was preposterous and non-sensical . But then again those of us who’ve seen the Redskins operate over the years have seen this organization simply overpay for players who are either past their prime or whose talent has been vastly exaggerated.

There’s absolutely no chance that the Washington Redskins would choose to cut the player given the fact that they still owe the $32 million of the guaranteed money due. Do you get the feeling that the front office of the Redskins aren’t completely sure as to what the hell they’re doing from one moment to the next ? Kind of how certain federal agencies are now operating within the Obama adminstration ? We have a Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben S Bernanke whose every utterance now sends shivers up down Wall St . And a Homeland Security Chief in Janet Napolitano  who ovesees the TSA and their now well publicized airport body searches. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about national security and anything that can derail the ambitions of home grown and foreign terrorists, I do feel that the agency’s actions are a necessity. My only problem here is the fact that I’m not completely willing to have a TSA employee feel that it’s appropriate to body search me as if it’s being done for their own self sexual gratification . And less we forget we also have a Treasury Secretary in Tim Geithner whose every word concerning the malaise that has befallen the economy has me asking how and why the fu_k was he hired and why was he nominated in the first place ? Prior to his tenure as Treasury Secretary he’d worked for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and as we know this is the very same individual that claimed errors made in his none payment of personal income tax was a mistake. Yes a mistake ….an honest mistake . But you might feel more aggrieved if I were to advise you that also as a senior employee at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, Geithner played his part in assisting none other insurance giant AIG in their egregious speculative behavior in numerous financial markets around the globe. And as we all know the insurance giant had to be bailed out to the tune of $150 billion ($150,000,000,000) of taxpayers monies. The only thing that needs bailing out here with the regard to the Washington Redskins is for the organization to seek a trade of Albert Haynesworth. Clearly the player’s career has run its path with the Redskins and it’s also clear that Mike Shanahan has no faith in the player’s abilities whatsoever . What might be even more disturbing and incredulous is the very fact that with the player now having been suspended by his coach they are no better off than before . The Redskins’ season as it now stands is tenuous and there’s not even a remote chance that they can salvage this season and play with any modicum of respect. The situation now facing Snyder is whether or he can let this mayhem continue with there being such a divide not only in the locker room but no actual semblance of respect between the players and coach.

From my own perspective I don’t even feel that the situation that transpired betweeen Donovan McNabb , Mike and Kyle Shanahan is actually at an end. It’s merely time before I feel that there’ll be another parting of the waves and that another impasse is created between the player and both coaches. On and off the field the Washington Redskins are a complete mess and given the soap opera drama that has taken place within this division with the Dallas Cowboys and their roller coaster season , with the subsequent firing of Wade Philips by owner Jerry Jones . Philips’ successor Jason Garrett seems to have the team back on track but once again the hopes that Jones had for this team in terms of a postseason berth and playing in the Superbowl is now a pipe dream. What else can now happen you may ask ?

Well with Wade Phillips , Brad Childress and now the Denver Broncos’ Josh McDaniels  having been fired this season the managerial count now stand at three coaches having been fired this year. And by season’s end we could well see several others bite the dust . It’s no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis won’t be returning to the Bengals next season . The team had been befelled by their own sheer ineptitude and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the choice is that of Lewis’ and not from the front office. The one bright spot for the team may well have been the play of wide receiver Terrell Owens who’s been the sole reason perhaps to see him play. He leads all players in terms of the team’s offensive receiving categories and for Carson Palmer whose own performances have been understated at best. Owens’ receiving partner Chad Ochocinco  has been a complete bust this season and it’d be reasonable to suggest that he might not be part of any plans the Bengals may well have in the future .

McDaniels’ dismissal by Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen wasn’t completely a surprise but the real issue here may well have been the fact that Bowlem had reiterated that he wasn’t about to let go of his coach. But with the preseason upheaval that took place with the trade of Jay Cutler and then the fallout between Brandon Marshall and McDaniels . Both players have now found new homes , Marhsall with the Miami Dolphins and and Cutler with the the  NFC North leading Chicago Bears . But what might’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back was the behavior by McDaniels and the team’s videographer in taping the San Francisco 49ers walk through in their game played at Wembley Stadium in London , England earlier in the season. The NFL front office was made aware of this but neither McDaniels or any member of his coaching staff reported the incident . Both team and coach were fined and Spygate II came to something of an abrupt end . And there are idiots about the blogo-sphere who felt that the Patriots deservedly got was coming to them when Bill Belichick  took part in such an act . I reminded a number of patrons to my site that this practice was widespread around the NFL and that it only comes to light when a team has been caught . Anyone who feels that this will be the last time that we’ll hear of such an incident needs to have their heads examined as it seems to be customary for a number of coaches and their staff around the NFL. For Pat Bowlen this is simply another reason of an owner whose cognizance of a situation isn’t clear. The Broncos now find themselves in a situation with having fired Josh McDaniels they’re now in a position where they’re paying McDaniels and his predecessor Mike Shanahan who was also fired by Pat Bowlen. When Shanahan was fired he was still owed two years on his contract in the case of McDaniels he’s owed three years on his original five year contract. Do you get the picture I’m painting here concerning the idiocy of some of the NFL owners and GM’s around the league as to how they deal with their managerial problems ? Far be it for me to say but who’s providing the legal counsel for these owners ? And have they never heard of installing a buyout clause in an employee contract ? Now Bowlen and the Broncos are on the hook for at least $ 8 million this year alone in paying both Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels. And the general public thought that only the federal government knew how to squander money ? Not so it appears when it comes to professional sports franchise owners as they all seem to be a law unto themselves. In this day and age where athletes can and are earning multi million dollar contracts and the coaches aren’t too far behind in that situation I find it hard to believe that common sense isn’t being used by the executives and owners who are the custodians of these teams ! ===================================================================

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Alan aka tophatal ………………

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Boy Does It Suck To Be A Pariah


 
 
 

Boy  Does It  Suck To  Be A  Pariah  …………..

 

 

 

 

Consider  this   fact  that   as  of  last   season  the  Dallas  Cowboys   were   considered  the  team  to beat  upon  the  start  of  the regular  season  .   As  the  season   unfolded  we  saw  the  team  at time   show  some   brilliance.    But  all  too  more  often than  not  it  was   inconsistency  and    if  nothing  else a  great   deal of    bickering  and   backbiting  amongst    the  players   and    staff. 

 

 

Owens'  children's  book  Little T Learns  To Share  ..........
Owens' children's book written as a guide for young kids in self esteem, sharing and the respect of one's peers. Improbable as it may seem when one considers Owens' demeanor towards others especially former teammates. ............ picture appears courtesy of Corbis/ Alejandro Pena .........................

 

 

 

 

In  the  midst  of this  all    had   the   ring  master   (owner)  Jerry  Jones   orchestrating  the  show.  What   was    meant  to  be  a     professionally   ran  NFL   franchise   suddenly  began  to   look  like  a  PT  Barnum   circus  show.   And  to  great  effect    the  show  itself   had  its  own  cast  of  clown    characters.   From   Jones   , himself  on  down  to  assistant   coach  and  offensive   coordinator  Jason Garrett  ,  head  coach    Wade  Phillips.    And  less  we forget   that    the   cast  of  players  that   ranged    from  Adam ‘Pacman’  Jones,  to  Terrell Owens  ,  to   Roy  Williams , to  Patrick Crayton , to  Marion Barber III  ,    to  Tony  Romo   the   alleged   franchise   quarterback  that’d  lead  the  team  to  the  promised  land.    There   was   more chance   of  that  happening    had   Moses’   body  been   found   exhumed    and   him   being   placed   in  a  Cowboys’  uniform.   But  alas    more  than  a  decade  later  and   none  the   wiser    the  Dallas   Cowboys   have  yet   to  win  a  playoff   game.

 

 

Romo and  Owens  on the  training  field  not  quite  the  cordial   display  one  would  expect  between the  two  former  close   teammates.    picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  Martin   Westwood  ..............
Romo and Owens on the training field not quite the cordial display one could come to expect of the two allegedly close former teammates. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Martin Westwood ..............

 

 

 

 

Well  the   debacle   that   was  the  Cowboys’  season  had  led   to  more   strife  than   seen  in  an   episode   of  a   daytime  soap   opera.   With  the  on  and  off   the   field    shenanigans    that   went   on.  Someone   had  to  be   apportioned  the   blame   for  what   had   transpired.    The    thing     being  asked   was   who’d  be   cast   in  the   role   of  the  villain   when  it  was  all  said  and    done.   Surely  not   the   glamour    quarterback  with  the  hot   girlfriend   and  her acting and singing   alleged   talent ?    Or   was it   to  be   the  broken   down   alcoholic   cornerback   whose  run-ins  with   the  law   were  about   as  frequent   as   Lindsay Lohan’s   visits to   rehab. 

 

 

 

Cowboys'  wide  receiver   Terrell  Owens (81)  celebrates  a  touchdown  during   an  NFL  game against the  Green Bay Packers   by appearing  attempting  to  consume  some  popcorns  on the  sidelines .    picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images /Matt  Salmons  ..............
Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) celebrates a touchdown during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers. Owens can be seen here attempting to consume a bucket of popcorn as a way of amusing the fans in attendance. picture appears courtesy of getty images /Matt Salmons ...............

 

  

It  seem  that  if  there  was  to  be  someone  that    would  be   apportioned  the  blame  as to  the  team’s   failures.  Then  it’d would    have  to  be  the  mercurial    and  often   outspoken   but   yet  talented veteran   wide  receiver  known  as  Terrell  Owens.   He’s   carried   so  much   baggage  with  him  along   his professional    career    enough   that   would  do  Louis  Vuitton  proud were  he  alive  today.  I’m  surprised  that  Owens  himself   isn’t  a   paid  spokesman   for   the  company.   But  then   again  we  were  once   reminded  that   there     were   twenty   five  million   reasons  why  Owens  wanted  to   remain  a  Dallas  Cowboys’  player.

 

 

A somber  looking   Terrell  Owens   looks  on  having   answered  questions  concerning  the  team's   regular  season   performance .  The  press conference  was  held  at the  team's   training  facility  in  Irvine  Tx.,   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photos/   Tom  Penders ..................
A somber looking Owens looks on having answered question on the team's regular season performances. The press conference was held at the team's training facilty in Irvine, Tx. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Salmons .......................

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  that  day  is  no  longer  here   as   Owens  was  cut   by  the  team  no  doubt  at  the  behest of  the  ring  master   himself   ,  Jerry   Jones.  Ought  we  to be  surprised  by  the  decision ?   Hell    no  !    Considering   what   has  transpired   in  Owens’   previous    places   of   professional   domicile.  One   ought  to  be  surprised  that  he  lasted   this  long  in   Dallas.   Now  the  question  one  could   ask   is   what   path   his    career  should now   take  ?    His   resumption    as a  kids’  novelist  or  to once  the   again  beat  the   well   worn   path   as   a   nomadic   wanderer   in the NFL ?   Someone   surely has  to  be  interested   in the player    and   the  undoubted   skills  that  he   brings.   But  the   caveat  here   has  to  be   buyer  beware .

 

 

 

Excess  baggage  courtesy  of  Terrell  Owens  .......cartoon  appears  courtesy  of  Frank  Galasso  ...............
Excess baggage Terrell Owens ......... cartoon appears courtesy of Frank Galasso @ copyrighted property .......

 

 

 

So   at  this   juncture    do  take   a  stab  at   answering  the   question   where   will   Owens   end  up   or  quite   possibly   in  what   professional   field   might  he  end up  in once  and   for  all.

And The Survey Says …………..


 
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Well  once  again   it’d  appear  that   the  Philadelphia  Eagles  and   their  Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan McNabb  may   be  coming to  an  impasse.  With  McNabb  seeking  an  extension  to  his  contract , the  player  has  also   made  it   clear  that   he’d  also   like  to  see  what   direction  that    they’re  apparently   going  in.    In  particular   when  it  comes  to   strengthening   the  roster.  

 

 

Eagles' Pro Bowl  quarterback  Donovan  McNabb ..........     picture   appears  courtesy of ap/photo/Matt  Dorsey .............
Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Dorsey ...............

 

 

For  the  last   two   years   the   team  has   been   underserved   in  terms  of  its   receiving   corps  and  the   lack  of   a  real   running  game.  Owner   Jeffey  Lurie  and   General  Manager  Joe  Banner   haven’t  exactly   been forthcoming   when  it  comes  to  putting  a  competitive  team  on  the  field  of  play. Looking     primarily at   McNabb  and   Brian  Westbrook   this   team   lives  and   dies   by  the   performance    of  their   aging   veterans.  And  but   for  their   defense   it   has  to  be  said   that   there   isn’t   much  to  this   team  athletically   or   competitively.

 

 

 

 

Coach  Andy  Reid  has  been  through   his  own  torrent  of   emotions  with  the  Eagles   on   and   off  the  field. And  the  toll  that  it  has   taken  on  him   emotionally   could  well  be  leading   him   to  make  a  decision    that   has  been   long  overdue.    If  nothing   else   this  last   season  he  was  able  to  perhaps  pull  of   his  best   coaching   accomplishment   in  years.    Making  lemonade  out   of  let’s   just   say  sour  lemons   was  quite  astonishing  when  one   considers  the  season  that   the  team  had.   

 

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles' coach  Andy  Reid (left), cornerback Asante'  Samuel   and team owner   Jeffrey  Lurie  pictured  after  the  player's  acquisition  from   the  New  England Patriots  in  2008.   picture  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Matt  Rourke ..............
Philadelphia Eagles' coach Andy Reid (left), cornerback Asante' Samuel and team owner Jeffrey Luria. The player along with the coach and team owner are seen here at the press conference to publicize Samuel's acquisition by the Eagles from the New England Patriots . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Roarke ................................

 

 

 

They’d  been  left   for  dead   for   sure   and  managed   to   come  back   from  the  abyss  to  make  it  all  the  way   to  the  NFC  championship  game.  There  they’d   fall  to   the  unlikely  Arizona  Cardinals.   The   game   itself   basically  sealed  the  Eagles’  fate   for  the   season  and  any   postseason  ambitions  that  they  had.  If nothing  else   it  proves   that   the  franchise   was  capable  of  facing   adversity  head  on.   But  when  it came  to  that  final   push  it  was  clearly   beyond   them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia   Eagles’  fans  are   loyal   to  a  fault.   But   at the  end  of  the  day  there’s  only   so  much  that  they  can  bare.    And  it  can’t   have   escaped  anyone’s  notice  that   went  things   aren’t   going   right   for  the   franchise   they   the   fans   tend  to  let   their   emotions  run  away  with  them.   And  in  doing   so  they   tend to  go  overboard   when  it  comes  to  voicing     either   approval or   disapproval  as   to   where  the  franchise  is  going  or  what  it  is  that  they’ve   achieved. 

 

 

 

Philadelphia  Eagles'  GM  Joe  Banner .   Of  late   Banner  has been  under  pressure   to  improve  the  roster  of   the  franchise.   And  his  veteran   quarterback  McNabb has  let  it be known  that  he's  not  yet  prepared to  sign a new  contract  until  he's  seen   what   improvements  are  made  by  the  organization.    picture appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  David Hirschfield ................
Eagles' GM Joe Banner of late has been under a great deal of pressure to improve the team's roster. Team quarterback Donovan McNabb has let it be known that he's not yet prepared to sign a new contract as of yet until he's seen the improvements that'll be made by the organization. Under no illusions Banner knows that it's now or never for the franchise as a whole. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David Hirschfield ......................

 

 

 

It   has  to  be  said  that  when   it was  announced    that   McNabb   had  been  drafted  by  the  franchise.   His   arrival    was  accepted  with  all  the  fervor   of   a  group  who’d  thought   that   they’d   been   betrayed   by  an  ownership  and  management  who  clearly  didn’t   know what  the  hell  it was  that  they  were  doing.  McNabb  through   the  ensuing    years   has  proven to  the  fans   that   he  could   lead   the  franchise.  Albeit   that   his   leadership   skills   have   come  into   question  repeatedly  over   the    years.   In-fighting   and   very  little  real   communication   or  leadership   has  all  but   led   this   franchise  to  implode.     Self   indulgent    behavior   and   no  one  is   prepared  to   held   accountable  for  their   actions.   And   one   could   see  that   in  Andy   Reid ,  here   was  a  coach   who’d   all  but  lost   the   team  when  it  really  mattered.  Confidence   in them  may   well   have   been  the   real   issue.

 

 

 

 

If  the  quarterback’s   demands  aren’t   met   then   it   has  to  be  said  the    team  has   to   move   in a  completely  new   direction  altogether.    Contract  extension  or   not  this   team   has   progressively    either  made it  to  the   top  of  the  mountain.   But   then  all   too   quickly  fallen  off   the  summit    inexplicably  without   a  reason  as  to   its   shortcomings.    It   were  as  if   it’s    half    expected  to  be  that   way,  season  in,  season   out    for  the  franchise.   Mediocrity  and    the   contrivance  that   as  long   as  they   defeat  the   Dallas   Cowboys  and  the New York  Giants during  the   regular   season   that  is  enough   for  the  team   in  terms  of  success.

 

 

 

 

Reid   and  McNabb  congratulate  one  another  on  the  sidelines   during  an  NFL  game .
Reid and McNabb congratulate one anotjher on the sidelines during an NFL game . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ David Embley .......................

 

 

 

If   we’re   going  to   question  the   actions   as  to   what    McNabb  is  after then  we’ve  also   got  to  look  at   whether    or  not  what  he’s   trying  to   achieve  is  actually  worthwhile.    In  the  past   he’s   made  this   type  of   request   before .   He    got   his   wish    when  the   team  made  the   trade   for  the  often   troubled,  talented  and   mercurial  Terrell  Owens.   Not   quite   a  match  made   in  heaven.    But   it  proved   profitable  in  the   fact that   it  took  them  to  the  Promised Land   by  way  of a    Superbowl  appearance.   However   in   the    aftermath  of  the    loss  to  the  New  England  Patriots .     It   soured   the   relationship   between  the  two   players   and   we   were  left   wondering    who  of   the    two   may   well  have  been  the  more   immature  ?    Name  calling  and   other   such   child  like   tendencies  and   it   has  to  be  said   watching  the  events  that’ve   unfolded   in  Philadelphia    has  been   akin   to  watching   a    daytime   soap  opera.  Only   in   this   case   there’s   no sex   ,  murder   or   hint  of    the  questioning   of  a  cast member’s   sexuality.   There   may   well   have   been  Owens   questioning   McNabb’s   intestinal   fortitude    at  the   end  of  the   game  itself  .  But   that   was  then   and  this   is   now.    And   it’d  appear    that   it’s   the  player   who’s   now   questioning  the   resolve  of   the  franchise   and  its  overall   ambition.  

 

 

 

 

 

And   should   the  unthinkable   happen   and  they   seek  a   parting  of  the  ways.   Then   I’d   like  to  think   that    both  parties  will    have  thought   this   out    thoroughly .    It’s   not as  if    McNabb   can’t   survive   without    Philadelphia.  The   question   is   however  can   the  Philadelphia   Eagles    survive   without  Donovan  McNabb  ?.    Because  if  anything   the   fans   before  McNabb   didn’t  really    have   all  that   much  to   really   cheer about   as  to  their    fortunes.    Now   in  the  wake  of  what   could   be  a   monumental   mistake.   I   doubt   that  they’re   going   to   like    the   view   of   someone   else   helming  this   team.     McNabb   may   well  be   testing  that  resolve  or   he   may   well    be   looking  to    maneuver   his  way   out   of  Philly.    But  in  reality    should    push    come  to   shove  ,   someone  if  not   both   parties   will  be   looking   to   profit   from  this   all.      The  question  is   who   at  this  present    moment  in  time   has  the  upper   hand   in  this   all  ?