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David Moulton: Philadelphia Eagles coach shouldn't be treated any differently

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  1. Gryphon

    Gryphon Merge Ahead

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    By David Moulton, Daily News columnist
    http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/nov/03/david_moulton_eagles_coach_shouldnt_be_treated_any/

    Saturday, November 3, 2007

    Two years ago Terrell Owens acted like a moody, spoiled jerk as a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. He wanted a new contract. The Philadelphia Eagles didn't want to give him one. So, he bad-mouthed his own quarterback, head coach and owner. He caused a split in the team and eventually T.O. did what no teams have been able to do this decade: He kept the Eagles out of the playoffs and was eventually released. Terrell Owens is forever Public Enemy No. 1 in Philadelphia. Eagles head coach Andy Reid was seen as a man of principle and dignity.

    This week, a family drama played out publicly in Philadelphia. A judge sentenced both of Andy Reid's adult sons to jail for repeated drug arrests. In doing so, the judge took the remarkable step of publicly condemning the Reid family. Judge Steven O'Neill said, "There isn't any structure there that this court can depend upon. It sounds more or less like a drug emporium over there with drugs all over the house and both kids are addicts." He finished his remarks by adding, "I'm saying this is a family in crisis".

    The picture painted by Judge O'Neill is a Reid house filled with drugs, guns and ammunition. Reid is an absentee father (and the mother is at the very least clueless), whose two drug addict sons have been "over-medicated" for much of their childhood. How is this man still the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles?

    Reid did take a five-week leave of absence from his job in the spring when both of his sons were arrested (again) and sent to rehab. He has repeatedly vowed that his family situation would not affect his job performance as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. How could it not? And if not, do you really want a head coach who is more committed to his team than his own family?

    That may seem harsh, but the life of an NFL head coach is one of 16-hour days and 100-hour weeks. That doesn't leave a whole lot left for the family. If you argue, well the kids are adults, they can make their own decisions... remember they still live at home with their parents. Therefore, is not Reid at least partially responsible for the situation?

    As harsh a judgment as I've just made, I bring it up because if a player was in this same situation the league would be dropping the hammer on him. Don't think so? A judge publicly comes out and says that a player's home is filled with "drugs, guns and ammunition." What do you think would happen to him? He would be suspended for the rest of this season. Minimum.

    Why is a head coach not being held to one iota of the standard that has been set for the players? Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson took HGH so that the 48-year-old could reduce some of his post-NFL pain and live a better quality of life. He was suspended four games and Commissioner Roger Goodell specifically said that all NFL employees should be held to the same standards. Why does Andy Reid get a pass?

    Sports and the real world very rarely cross paths, but when they do, don't you have to do the right thing? Reid should ask for, and the Eagles should give Reid a paid leave of absence for at least the rest of the season. Reid clearly needs to go home and stay there for awhile. He, his wife and two sons have a lot of work to do to repair their lives.

    If this doesn't happen, then the Philadelphia Eagles need to fire Andy Reid -- for his own good.

    If the Philadelphia Eagles stand by and do nothing, they look like an organization that only cares about winning. They have to admit that they knew of Reid's family mess and looked the other way because he is their all-time winningest coach, or that they didn't know. Didn't know? Reid's sons have been getting arrested for three years now.

    If the Eagles do nothing, then they better be ready for the public complaints of this under-performing team (3-4) to get very personal if the losing continues. How personal? Well, imagine if after a loss to Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the calls to the local sports radio station, "If Reid knew how to parent, we'd still have TO and we would have won a Super Bowl by now. Reid is a bad father, now he's a bad coach. Get rid of the bum."

    This is Philadelphia. They booed Santa Claus and Mike Schmidt. Trust me, this could get a lot uglier.

    Knowing what you now know, if you were the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, who would you want on your team? Terrell Owens or Andy Reid? I'd go with Owens. At least I could buy his happiness. There's no amount of money that can solve Andy Reid's problems.
  2. Mansta54

    Mansta54 Well-Known Member

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    Wow!! Good article..
  3. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Money cannot buy you love.

    T.O. and Reid's son's have exactely NOTHING in common with all this mess!

    The season is not over, yet...T.O. could still explode, and Ried could still win the SuperBowl this year...

    Why people try to condem Ried is beyond me? The poor bastid has to baby sit the BIGGEST BRAT on the planet in McFlabb!

    Anyway, I hope it all works out...I really do, for his son's sake.
  4. Mansta54

    Mansta54 Well-Known Member

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    Ahh, lets start with the guns and drugs in his household...
  5. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Naw...I would rather start with his suck azzz team! That's all I care about...


    ;)
  6. Mansta54

    Mansta54 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, good point. Who cares about the drugs and guns...;)
  7. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Really, Mansta54, his personal life is no concern of mine, and your life is no concern to me, as my personal life is no concen to you.

    I JUST DON'T CARE about it...I want to get a win in Philly, that's all. Thank you!


    ;)
  8. BoysRule2

    BoysRule2 Benched

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    Even Reid's good friend Holmgren thinks he should step aside:

    http://www.startribune.com/vikings/story/1526139.html

  9. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I agree...family and blood come first, but...? :confused:

    There is really nothing that anyone BUT Ried and his family can do about it. It's a sad situation...indeed, but...

    I just want a "W" on Sunday night...and the rest of the mess is not my concern...
  10. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    It is possible to sympathize with Andy Reid about his family problems and at the same time think he should be penalized for the good of the league, as was done with Wade Wilson.

    I have wanted to believe Roger Goodell is a straight shooter and would administer NFL justice evenhandedly, but the treatment of the cheating Patriots coach shook my confidence and, after declaring in the Vick case that a player is to be held responsible for what happens in his own house, if Reid is not penalized I have lost faith in Goodell.

    Just as in the Wilson case, it is to protect the league that the penalty is necessary, not to punish an individual as an individual but to chastise a representative of the NFL for endangering its reputation by his action or inaction.

    :cool:
  11. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    No reason for him to step down now, both his sons are going to be in jail for the rest of this season.
  12. Mansta54

    Mansta54 Well-Known Member

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    You're absolutely correct, Reid personal life is no business of mine or yours but he is a NFL HC with guns and drugs in his house. What would happen if a player was found with those things in his house? Wake dude!!
  13. Mansta54

    Mansta54 Well-Known Member

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    We all want a "W" on sunday nite but the topic was "why is Reid being treated differently from players"?
  14. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    I agree to me, Goodell is a WUSS!!!!!!! When it comes to bringing down the law to head coaches or owners, he wont do nothing for fear of backlash from nfl owners.

    even Goodell the wuss said, coaches have to set a precident and be accountable more than players.

    only thing i think goodell is waiting on if he is, is this: proof from law that andy reid knows about the legal and illegal drugs in his house, and the guns, then he is liable. Until the law says so, then you cant do anything, its his word reids against his sons. I am not trying to say, reid is guilty, but if it was my house, i would know what is in it, and what is going on.

    so, until the legal and illegal drugs are brought to attention, whose drugs are they, then maybe just a slim maybe goodell is waiting for proof, until it is proven that he knows about the drugs and the guns. You got to remember, I am not speaking up for reid, but until you have proof, like the prescription drugs that goodell got when wade wilson got the drugs, until you have proof, then arent you liable?
  15. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    then, i go back to what jimmy johnson said awhile back, he said, when he was coaching the dallas cowboys, that the only time he saw his wife and had time with her was on fridays, the only other time when he saw her was when he went to bed at night, she was asleep in her pajamas, and when he got up to leave in the morning, she was in her pajamas, and only time he had with her was on friday nights to go out for dinner together,

    so in other words, a head coach has little time at home and with his family during the season. So, in some retrospect, reid may not have known what was going on in the house. but to me, if you have drugs all over the house like the judge said, and guns, then your bound to see that or his wife, and tell reid.

    again, we are not suppose to condemn someone until they are proven guilty, but it makes you wonder, when the judge says that the house is a drug emporium, or something like that, and reid couldnt see that.
  16. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

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    With all the arrests of his kids, Reid should have been on high alert as to whether there were drugs, etc in his house. Remember, he took a leave of absence so there was time when he was home everyday. Now maybe the stuff wasn't there at that time, but chances are VERY good that it was. If you've two addicts living in a house you got drugs and paraphernalia too.
  17. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Vick committed crimes, Reid didn't... Vick is going to jail because of what HE did, not because he owned a house that others did bad things in... your comparison is asinine...
  18. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    No NFL player, coach, scout or trainer should EVER be punished for what his KID might have done...

    Reid did nothing wrong, except be clueless as to what was going on with his kids... that is not a crime, and it doesn't come CLOSE to sufficient reason for Goodell to suspend him... indeed, Roger would have no AUTHORITY to do any such thing, even under the new Player Conduct Code...

    If that ever happens, then you're right...

    No, it's not... I haven't read ANYTHING where Reid's kids that any drugs found belonged to their daddy, not to them...

    NOBODY has EVER suggested that Andy Reid possessed the drugs his kids were using... I'd be quite shocked to find out that's the case, junkies aren't generally as FAT as Reid is...

    Well, maybe the potheads, but those heroin addicts all tend to be skinny as rails... :D

    Even if you were working 100 hour weeks, and were basically only home to shower, eat and grab some sleep??
  19. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Which means he's guilty of being clueless...

    This is neither a crime nor a violation of any NFL policy... if it was, Matt Millen would have been fired as GM of the Lions years ago, and Danny Boy Snyder would have been forcibly removed as owner of the Redskins...

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