We know all too well how the Chicago media can get, but after reading this story from Philly.com, there’s a whole new level of bitterness I’ve come to realize.
This quote struck me the most:
…this was a game against an essentially mediocre team that should have been won.
Who are you calling mediocre, Bobby? If anyone is mediocre, it’s you as a writer.
Here are a few more excerpts:
…the Eagles went deep into the fourth quarter in a desperate fight with a team that gives away games with regularity.
If you want to call two games regularity, okay.
…the Eagles had been handed four possessions that began inside Bears’ territory – at the 41-yard-line, the 35, the 28 and the 31. One of those great situations came about following a long Sav Rocca punt that backed the Bears up against their own goal line, and the other three came by way of turnovers. Didn’t matter. The Eagles got a total of six points from those possessions, and a total of six points in the final 40 minutes of the game.
This guy is writing as if he expects the Eagles to move the ball at will, completely disregarding the Bears’ defense as one of the tops in the NFC. The fact that the Eagles got only 6 points from those possessions is a testament more to the Bears’ defense than it is an indictment of the Eagles offense.
McNabb couldn’t put the ball over the top of the Chicago secondary, despite generally good protection, and he couldn’t throw the Bears off-balance with the running game because there weren’t any running plays called. At least that’s the way it seemed.
and then a few sentences later, he writes…
The Eagles were without running back Correll Buckhalter for a long stretch of the third quarter and that took away some options…
So, he seems to be blaming the coaching staff that there weren’t any running plays called, yet he acknowledges that Brian Westbrook was not playing and Correll Buckhalter left the game injured, meaning the Eagles were down to 3rd stringer Lorenzo Booker. Well, Bobby, do you think that could have affected the Eagles’ playcalling just a little bit?
Then came the best chance for the win, the best they would get, in any case. It doesn’t get much better than having a second and goal at the 1-yard line, with three opportunities to punch the ball in and take the first lead of the night. Three punches is what the Eagles took, and three times they didn’t get in. On the last try, fourth down from 18 inches away, Andy Reid took a time-out to consider the play. He called for a Buckhalter plunge with defensive tackle Dan Klecko clearing the way as the up-back. Buckhalter was stopped just inches away.
Ah, yes, it was a great goal line stand, wasn’t it?
I’ll tell you, I’ve always thought Chicago’s media had some of the biggest whiners and most bitter sportswriters, but this guy shows that there’s other pompous, know-nothing know-it-alls in other major cities, too.
At least Philadelphia fans don’t have to hear from guys like Steve Rosenbloom and Rick Morrissey. And thankfully, we don’t have to hear from Jay Mariotti now, either.
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