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Dick Vermeil
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Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

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First off, Andy Reid is one of the premier coaches in the NFL over the last 15 years. He's not a big appealing guy to the media, he's an introvert when it comes to the press, but he has the respect of anyone who coaches against him.

The Eagles got into the playoffs thanks in large part to him. That was the biggest thing, getting in. Having a number one seed no longer matters, in fact, I think the last team to win with a number one seed was my team.

The problem in the NFL now, is people think you can't be a great coach unless you win a Super Bowl. I'll tell you, there a lot of a great coaches, better than me, who haven't won it. The Eagles have been good enough to win a few times, but unlike the World Series, you only get one shot, it's sudden death. If you lose game one, you're done, you don't get six other games to turn it around.

I'm not going to make predictions, but I feel this Sunday's game could go either way. It will come down to two keys: turnovers and offensive opportunities. Teams that have no giveaways, win around 73% of the time. Those with without a takeaway win only around 26% of the time. The other difference maker will be offensive opportunities. There are only two ways to move the ball down the field -- running the ball and throwing completions. Teams that can combine for 50 or more will typically win. I just hope that the weather in the Meadowlands is good enough for both teams to play as well as they can.

They both know each other so well. The Eagles and Giants are both the same temperature right now. I feel the team that heats up in the first quarter will get it going. It just takes one solid play, run the right way, that a player can break for a big gain and the game will open up. It could come from either side. Both coaches are capable of pulling it off. But as far as Andy Reid goes, Eagles fans should thank God that they have him.

By Dick Vermeil  |  January 8, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  | Category:  Dick Vermeil , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I respect the heck out of Andy Reid. He's had a good run. But "sudden death" is right, Mr. Vermeil. Just look at that man. He's ridiculously out of shape, could stand to be on a diet and a mild exercise regimen, and yes, there's this thing about felony charges being hung on his boys. A weapons charge and a drug charge, I think. I'm not judging him or them by any means, but it sounds like some boys need a father, and Andy Reid needs to step down and take care of himself and his family.

Posted by: Meepo | January 8, 2009 3:30 PM

I have to disagree with Coach Vermeil. Yes, it's harder for the #1 to make it through, but not in this round. In the divisional round the teams with the bye win most of the time and the number 1 seed is almost never upset.

The Giants did upset the Cowboys last year (which I believe was the first time that's ever happened in the NFC since the current format was adopted) but that's a Cowboys team that hasn't won a playoff game in more than a decade.

Reid's a solid coach (no pun intended) but he does make some head scratching mistakes when it comes to time management and challenges (see the first Giants game this season). He has done a great job in Philly though and doesn't deserve a lot of the flack he's gotten.


Posted by: dansimon123 | January 8, 2009 4:10 PM

Shenanigans, Meepo. His sons are grown men, it's very disingenuous to try to lay their problems at Reid's feet.

Eagles fans for a decade have heaped abuse on Reid, but the team has made great strides and is a consistently solid unit, even when outliers try to destroy from within (I'm looking at you, T.O.) I admire Reid's steady hand when it comes to coaching. True, it'd be great to get a Super Bowl win in there, but Vermeil is right -- it's not the only characteristic of a great coach.

Posted by: yebo | January 8, 2009 7:18 PM

"I'm not going to make predictions, but I feel this Sunday's game could go either way."

Insightful predictions like this are why I always wait until after the Great Vermeil speaks before placing my bet in Vegas.

What if they tie? Can it be done? Does McNabb know he's not playing for a tie?

Who writes this cr@p for Vermeil and how much do they get paid? Can I have that job?

Posted by: krankyman | January 9, 2009 12:48 AM

Thanks Coach, had no idea that turnovers could be key. And I too made the "could go either way" bet with my bookie.

Posted by: scoop3 | January 9, 2009 10:55 AM

Dick, thank you for the time you spent in Philly in the 70s and early 80s. You have always been an excellent coach.

Don't worry about the idiots online...they've never won a Super Bowl.

Posted by: c_attucks | January 10, 2009 4:34 AM

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