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Eagles Resting Players

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by buckeyegrad, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    Is anyone else annoyed by the Eagles resting key players last night and not giving a full effort to win the game. Personally, I think it is disgraceful and unfair to other teams. Imagine being a Viking, Saints, or Panthers fan...your team is in the hunt with the Rams for the two wild-card slots in the NFC and the Eagles hand St. Louis an easy win. Secondly, how much of a killer instinct can a team have if they don't do whatever it takes to win every game.

    I guess a team can start whoever they want, but to keep things competitive and fair I think the NFL should consider fining teams like the Eagles. Personally, I hope the resting of players backfires on the Eagles and they end up watching the Super Bowl at home once again.
     
  2. BoxCar_Willie

    BoxCar_Willie The World's Favorite Hobo

    I only watched the first quarter but it was pretty clear that the Eagles were on Cruise Contol. I turned it off because the outcome had already been decided after the first.
    Pretty lame I'd say
     
  3. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    Does it annoy me?

    Yes.

    Do I think it will take their egde off and hurt them in the long run? Yes.

    As far as being the fan of the bubble teams... they can blame their own team for not winning more games.

    Fines? Nah... they can use their roster how they want... if the rest of the league doesn't like it... I suggest beating them a little more often... they earned the right to do it... but it still irritates me and I don't see it as beneficial.
     
  4. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    It did allow me to win my Fantasy playoff game against buckeyefool in a shitty way.
     
  5. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    I can understand both sides of the argument really. I can understand why Andy Reid wouldn't want McNabb, Kearse, Westbrook or any other big time player to get hurt in a meaningless game. Let's face it, these teams are only thinking of themselves, and rightly so. I'm sure Minnesota and Seattle are less than thrilled by what they saw out of the Eagles last night but I'm sure Philly is satisfied with playing the game without any of their major players getting hurt.

    I do keep thinking of Herman Edwards' "You play to win the game" speech. I don't like the idea of playing a game with not being injured being priority #1. You have to think the way the Eagles are coasting into the playoffs it will hurt them down the road. Not sure you can just turn it on and off like they're going to try and do. The Steelers will be in a similar situation this weekend but Cowher has already said that everyone who is healthy will play and they're going to Buffalo with the intent to win the game. Not sure that was the Eagles' goal last night.

    I suppose if Philadelphia makes it to the Super Bowl Reid will look like a genius. If not...
     
  6. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    if you have to rely on another team to win for you to get to the playoffs...you shouldve taken care of business instead of

    Minnesota
    -losing at chicago and home against seattle
    -playing an injurred Randy Moss instead of healing him

    New Orleans
    -losing at arizona and home against carolina and tampa

    Carolina
    -starting 1-7 with 6 straight losses
    -losing to oakland
     
  7. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    I wonder if ABC/ESPN will raise a stink, privately or publicly, about the Eagles not playing to win last night. Considering they paid the NFL millions of dollars to keep the rights to MNF, they can't be too happy that they got a lackluster performance. I would guess that I am not the only person to change the channel after the first quarter when I realized what was occurring.
     
  8. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    The only duty the Eagles have is to whatever benefits THEIR team. I have NO problem with what they did.

    The other teams that might be complaining should have done something so they didn't have to rely on SOMEONE ELSE to do it for them. Bitching about it after the fact is just gay.

    Think about it - angry because a team with a great record is now resting its players... uh....what if YOU were the coach of the EAgles or the owner?!? Would you rest your top players? I sure as hell would. Imagine if McNabb got hurt in the last game or if T.O's injury would have happened this coming week...all hell would have broken loose about playing players in "meaningless" games. I would NOT take that chance.

    BTW - I am a cowboys fan and I hate the EAgles...okay.... don't like them..I hate the redskins.... so at least my opinion is objective.

    And of course - If I was one of the teams that needed the Eagles to win I would be pissed... but the fact is .. I wouldn't have any right to be upset about it because I didn't win enough games during the regular season. Win and you are in. Simple.
     
  9. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Hasn't there been discussion for a couple years about Monday Night Football having a flexible schedule? They have had some pretty weak matchups this year. I'm sure the Colts/Chargers, Steelers/Ravens or Jets/Patriots would have gotten them much better ratings although fans who have to travel to these games would be screwed if they had arrangements for Sunday games only to have them moved to Monday night on short notice.
     
  10. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    Here is my problem with it. Did the price of those tickets last night get any lower? Nope. People still paid the same amount of money to see basicly a crap product put on a field. Imagine you have a son and his favorite player is Donavon Mcnabb. You buy him a ticket to the game for christmas, he puts on his jersey and his eagles hat and you head out to the game only to find out he have been deactivated for the game. The kid would be crushed, if its an injury obviously that is different but for himjust to be hanging out on the sidelines is a slap in the face to every fan in my opinion
     
  11. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    imagine you buy your kid a ticket for christmas, he puts on his mcnabb jersey and you both head out to the game. everybody is having a great time as mcnabb throws for 250 yards in the first half, 3 TDS. He comes out in the 3rd and starts to scramble on 2nd and 20. CRACK.

    there goes your season.
     
  12. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    I'm probably going to bench Manning and Favre this week because of it. I just hope Collins can have a big game this week. He should be fighting to get a job next year.
     
  13. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Yeah, but then you get to say that you were there WHEN...
     
  14. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    hahaha. that is true. :lol:
     
  15. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    If I was the coach, I would not rest the players for the whole game. If the game was a rout by the 3rd quarter, which last night could have been considering how bad the Rams have looked the previous two weeks, then I would start sitting players. However, I would never bench a healthy player for the whole game.

    I believe that you play to win every game. I think it sets a bad example to not go 100% every game and that it will bite you in the ass later. I also know that momentum is paramount going into the playoffs and I would rather risk having that momentem broken because of an injury rather than ending it myself because I feared the potential of an injury.

    If the fans bitch about my decision, so be it. At least I went down swining instead of sitting in the corner like a scared pansy.

    I do hope this ends up hurting the Eagles, though I don't know if it will since the rest of the NFC is so pathetic this year.
     

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