Time management issues … againby Eric Schwartz
(Grinding My Gears writer Eric Schwartz will be getting married on October 9th and because of this he will be forced to smile much more than he would like to. The only way for this to be plausible is for him to unleash on all that is wrong in the World of Sports over the next 10 days. This is Part 5 of 10 straight days of Grinding My Gears.)
For the last decade Eagles fans have been left throwing their remote controls and punching walls over the lack of time management skills demonstrated by Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb. The former Eagles’ quarterback took a ton of heat over the way he would waste timeouts like he had a dozen a game. However Sunday proved that McNabb wasn’t the problem all along. It was Andy.
Reid made an error that would be laughable it not for the fact that it may have legitimately cost the Eagles the game. And who knows what this game will turnout to mean by season’s end.
The play at issue came when LeSean McCoy rushed the ball inside the 1-yard line in the final seconds of the first half on a third-down play. Officials took about five minutes reviewing that play (whatever happened to the idea that replays would take no longer than two minutes? Anyone remember that?). Even after all of that time, Reid still could not devise the right play call and had to use a timeout. In the postgame he said that the ball was not as close to the goal line as they originally thought and that the play they had would not have been effective.
“I take full responsibility in particular for what happened at the end of the first half,” Reid said. “I thought that play initially started off as (fourth-and-) inches. But after the review, the play we had for inches ended up being a yard, and the clock was well into it when we were aware of that. That’s my responsibility, and there are no excuses for it at all.”
OK, I guess I can by some of that thinking. After all, you can’t take the timeout with you into the locker room. But then the team managed to still not get the play in in time and the team was issued a delay of game penalty.
The Eagles settled for a field goal and ultimately a loss.
There is just no way that can be acceptable — even in high school football. Yet blunders like this seem to happen with Reid and the Eagles all the time.
As Andy even said: “That’s my responsibility, and there are no excuses for it at all.”
The truly disturbing Andy isn’t going anywhere for awhile so don’t expect this to be the last time management blunder fans will have to choke down this season.