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Reid Too Stubborn


I am tempted to say the J-E-T-S, JETS-JETS-JETS, because they had the easiest (my view) task this weekend of all the teams still in the hunt: beat a terrible Seahawks team. Yes, it was on the road, and 3,000 miles away, and New York has been Arizona awful when it comes to playing on the opposite side of the country. But if the Jets were for real, they would have found a way, and they didn't.

Still, my vote is for Philadelphia, just because it's hard to believe how stubborn Andy Reid has become. His Eagles had gotten back in the playoff chase because he and Offensive Coordinator Marty Morningweg finally got balanced in their playcalling and stopped dropping Donovan McNabb back 40 times to pass. Their best player for the last four years has been Brian Westbrook, and they were without two of their top receivers, Kevin Curtis and Hank Baskett. They have a strong offensive line. And the Redskins' defense had shown rather decisively during the last month that it breaks in the fourth quarter when it's pounded on for the first three quarters.

But unbelievably, Reid kept McNabb chucking yesterday, into the strength of Washington's defense -- its secondary. And even this defensive line can get a little pressure on the quarterback when he throws twice as much as he hands off. Throw, throw, throw. Amazing.

Granted, if DeSean Jackson doesn't drop a sure touchdown in the last minute, the Eagles survive and probably make the playoffs and I am writing none of this. But he did. So I am.

By David Aldridge  |  December 22, 2008; 6:44 AM ET  | Category:  New York Jets , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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