Happy return of Whisker Wednesday!
Here are a few things you may have missed this week that smart people said about last week’s horrowshow of an Eagles game and the accountability of The Walrus and Vickhead.
Andy Reid Was Wr-Wr-Wr-….
It’s not often that The Walrus admits to a mistake, but today Andy “mammaled-up” about releasing 2011 second round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett on Tuesday.
Honestly, who cares if Andy admits he’s wrong about a draft pick… it’s not like that happens frequently! His history of second round picks is so atrocious, that the team just cut its second pick in the 2013 draft.
The Smartest Man in Football Confirms Our Analysis
Ray Didinger – arguably the most knowledgeable football mind in the known galaxy – sat down with notable non-hand model Brian Baldinger to watch the gamefilm of Eagles-Browns(*), and said many of the same things written here following Sunday’s game… just, you know, smarter.
(*)And we feel bad for anyone, besides the players who committed that atrocity, that should be subjected to it, which Didinger confirms was no fun to watch a second time.
R-Diddy waxed poetic about Vick’s bad mechanics and decision-making – “When he rolls left and throws a jump pass across his body into the middle of the field and a linebacker picks it off, that’s not rust, that’s lousy fundamentals” – as opposed to what Andy Reid referred to as “rust.” As Didinger says, and we alluded to Sunday, these are the same problems that have plagued Vick’s entire career and are obviously not going away. This particularly applies to Vick’s high-injury risk.
Here’s Baldinger’s analysis of one play in particular where a poor decision by Vick put him in a potentially costly situation:
Baldinger froze the tape at the point just before Vick released the ball.
“This is why Mike is hurt all the time, it’s plays like this,” he said. “Look, his leg is caught, his arm is back, he is totally exposed, but he insists on throwing the ball. He gets hit by three guys. He could’ve hurt his knee, his shoulder, his arm, his chest. He’s just hanging there. You never see Peyton Manning or Drew Brees take a hit like this.”
Baldinger ran his finger across the screen.
“Tell me what’s wrong with this picture?” he asked. “You have four Eagles [linemen] standing there watching as three Cleveland rushers crush the quarterback. It is amazing [Vick] doesn’t get hurt on this play.”
Do you think the finger Didinger refers to here is “the finger?” Wouldn’t you throw up if you saw that thing go past your eyeline?!
Mike Lombardi Makes Us Feel Even Worse
You know when you know the honest truth about something, but it doesn’t really hit home until you hear somebody say it out loud? Well that moment happened for us around the 16:30 minute mark of ESPN/Grantland’s B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, when guest Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network says what we’ve been saying since we launched Fire The Walrus… this team has never changed under Andy Reid, nor will it, and Michael Vick is not a championship Quarterback.
No new news, but just another intelligent football mind saying the same things as us: this football team has no direction.
And just another reason to Fire The Walrus.