Philadelphia Eagles fans are known for their passion and brutal honesty when it comes to their beloved football team. They have no problem letting you know how they feel.
In case you missed it, there were two great signs that Eagles fans have displayed recently. One was at Lincoln Financial Field during the San Francisco 49ers game and the other was hung across from the Nova Care Center.
Here is the first one, courtesy of NFL.com…
That’s awesome! I tip my hat to the folks who created this one! Clever and creative!
In case you aren’t sure what this means, it is referencing the comment made by Joe Banner at the end of the 2009 season after back-to-back losses to the Dallas Cowboys.
Banner then stated: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
That offseason, the Eagles proceeded to release Brian Westbrook and traded starters Donovan McNabb, Chris Gocong and Sheldon Brown in an effort to bring about “change.”
This year, those fans who created that sign are almost certainly referencing the decision to keep Andy Reid as head coach. Apparently, keeping Andy Reid as the man in charge is, in fact, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Then earlier this week, there were fans who decided to send Andy Reid a message that he was certain to see. They hung the following banner directly across the street from the Nova Care Center where Reid reports to work every day…
Photo is courtesy of lloydvance.wordpress.com
Eagles players Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis saw the sign and asked the fans to take it down. Here is what Kelce had to say about it, as reported by Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari of Bird’s Eye View…
“I support our fans, I support everyone that roots for us, everyone that comes to the games. That’s the wrong message that’s being displayed right now. I support freedom of speech,” said Kelce. “If you want to go out to talk bad stuff about the coaches or things like that do it on a blog, do it wherever you want, but don’t bring it to our front door right now when we’re 1-4 trying to get better we don’t need that kind of division on the team right now.”
Tough situation, if you want to boil it down to freedom of speech or civil rights type of argument. Eagles fans have every right to protest their disappointment with the team. However, at the same time, Kelce has a good point too.
In the end, I hope all of this fan demonstration gets through to everyone in the Eagles’ organization. We expect better from the Eagles.
And if we don’t get it, we’re going to let you know.