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American Football: Andy Reid/Madden

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posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 01:10 PM
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From deans-list.net...:

Don't believe the hype. 2004 isn't "do or die" for Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles. Way back in 1970, sophomore head coach John Madden - then a coherent human being - brought the Oakland Raiders to the brink of the Super Bowl, only to lose to the Baltimore Colts in the AFC title game. Then, from 1973-1975, Madden led the Raiders to three consecutive AFC Championship games. He lost all of them. Sound familiar? But Madden persevered, and his Raiders were Super Bowl Champions by the end of 1976 season (Super Bowl XI). The following year in 1977, the Silver and Black once again fell one game short of the season finale. Today, we don't remember how Madden lost five conference championship games in eight years. We selectively recall how he molded the Raiders into the most feared franchise in professional football, Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain notwithstanding. And we selectively remember how he won it all when he finally had the chance. So give Andy Reid credit for leading the Eagles to three straight NFC Championships in an era of Parity. And give Andy Reid time. After all, history - if not his newly signed contract extension through 2010 - demands it...

[Edited on 9/15/04 by deanchristopher]




posted on Sep, 13 2004 @ 07:58 PM
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Oh, he's a hell of a coach, for sure. But this is the time of parity, and they do have some question marks. I'll be sold if they make it through some adversity against some of the better teams in the league.



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