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Enough with the Wildcat!

October 27, 2009

scottish-wildcatOK, so I know that the Wildcat didn’t really factor all that much into last night’s Eagles vs. Redskins game, but there really isn’t much to say about the game except “boy can DeSean Jackson run,” and that the Eagles offense might as well have taken a nap during the second half, oh, and good job defense—sort of. So, instead I find myself fixated on the Wildcat. I don’t want to see it at all—EVER. Enough is enough. Feel free to argue with me here, in fact we would appreciate some comments as long as they are clean, written in proper English, have nothing to do with selling us stocks or sporting equipment, and have something intelligent to say, but I’m sticking by the fact, or err, rather to the opinion that the Wildcat formation is perhaps the most irritating offensive play in the history of football. It was maybe fun and a little exciting the first few times it was run, and it was certainly useful in the now famous Dolphins/Patriots game, but that was because the defense had never seen it before. It was something “new.”But that shiny new toy sheen has faded, and it’s time to throw it under the bed and forget all about it.

Two things about the Wildcat: The Eagles are not exceptionally good at executing it, it shows a lack of confidence in the quarterback, and it most likely means that Michael Vick has come into the game—thereby negating the element of surprise! I realize that was three things. I also realize that if you are one of our handful of dedicated readers, you read my post about giving Michael Vick a second chance.

My position hasn’t changed. We need to give him a chance, but not on critical second downs when the offense hasn’t scored a point since the middle of the 2nd quarter. This isn’t a high school football game where the back-up QB has warmed the bench all season and it’s only fair for him to go in once in a while. If we were doing that, maybe it would be smart to toss in Kolb since he is the Eagles’ “future.” This, though is not high school. This is the NFL, and it’s time for Andy Reid to put away the distractions—both a player who so far has proven that he is still only a marquee name, and an offensive play that even Donovan himself has said to be a distraction.

Next week when the Giants come to town (yay, two games in a row for me!), it’s doubtful (though it would be nice)  that we will have a 17 point lead going into the half, so no more Wildcat, please, and let’s hope that the offense gets some shut-eye off the field this time.

Editor’s Note: PhilaDude has instituted a new strict posting schedule (apparently I wasn’t pulling my weight as Co-Executive Editor and Artistic Director), so expect to be hearing a lot more from me and the PharAwayPhan in the upcoming weeks. Thank you, thank you. No applause necessary.

Finding the Positive

August 15, 2009

You hear from my older brother the PhilaDude on the regular, and on the occasion, my little sister Delphea. I’m the middle child, the PharAwayPhan. As a classic middle child I flew far from the coop and landed all the way out in sunny San Diego. On many a previous occasion, I’ve considered lending my voice to PhilaTude, but never took the steps to actually put pen to paper, so to speak. In consideration of the signing of Michael Vick though I couldn’t keep myself from wanting to weigh in. So here goes…..

If you couldn’t have guessed on your own, I am fan of all things Philadelphia. With siblings like Dude and Del, you don’t get much of a choice. But with a city like Philadelphia how could you not love it? That said, let’s get right to the news of the moment. Since I am a self-proclaimed dog lover with two big yellow Labrador retrievers of my own, I abhor Michael Vick and what he did. His actions were disturbing, disgusting, heinous, and a host of other high-quality adjectives that are reserved only for when describing something as truly horrible as abusing man’s best friend.

However, I am one who tries to find the positives in every situation. After my initial shock and outright anger subsided, reality set in: Vick was now on my team, so I began searching for the glimmer of good . After two days, I think I’ve figured it out…..At least for myself. Plain and simple: more coverage. I live in a sports market dominated by talk of the strong-on-paper/weak-on-the-field Chargers and MLB’s second worst team, the Padres. Following the signing of Vick though, all sports, in all markets have been all Eagles. Now it will no longer will require vigorous scouting through multiple news sources and having to wait through 25 minutes of other sports coverage to hear about my favorite team. A dream come true. I stand to see, hear, and downright relish in more Eagles coverage then I have been able to enjoy in my last decade in the Golden State.

I still don’t like Michael Vick. Never did, never will. He is now officially an Eagle and with that there will hopefully be some good for the team. From a football perspective it’s pretty obvious. A physically fit Michael Vick (if that is what he turns out to be) will add another dimension to the Eagles as a whole. No matter how Coach Reid decides to inject him into the game plan, his impact will be undeniable.

Sure, there will be plenty of disappointed folks, bad press, and the ever popular protest, but isn’t the old saying bad press is better than no press? The Eagles will now consistently be a lead story, and just for fun, if PETA is out in force protesting the each game, it will all but promise a couple hot chicks, sans fur, to check out on the way into the stadium.

My feeling is that in time, these things will all subside and Michael Vick’s on-field and off-field actions will provide a shadow for his past transgressions. I will never forget what he did, and will never be a fan, but I will appreciate his contribution to the team and any help he can provide in supporting our continuing quest for a Super Bowl.

Now that I have found my voice, I have some other thoughts about being a PharAwayPhan, which I plan to share over time. So there you have it, my first post; complete.