Marc Farzetta, Host/Update Anchor at Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia, was kind enough to join the Sports With Balls team for a quick Q&A session.
The Phillies are down in Clearwater preparing for another season, the Flyers and Sixers are inching closer to the postseason, and the Eagles are getting ready for a big off-season.
Marc provides some insight into the current events in Philly sports.
Sports with Balls question in italics.
Marc’s response in bold.
Do you believe DeSean Jackson will be back with the Eagles next season?
Yes, he will be back. This is a Super Bowl or Bust year (to use an overused phrase!). No
Super Bowl Appearance and Andy Reid will not return for a 15th Season as the Eagles Head
Coach. DeSean and Michael Vick already have the chemistry built. DeSean will be tagged
and kept because Reid won’t want to risk someone coming in and being a bust. I would love
to see the Eagles sign him to a 3-year 27 Million dollar deal, but doubt that would happen.
Who is the top team in Philadelphia right now? Eagles? Phillies? Flyers? Sixers?
No question about it: Phillies. They have given the fans the parade and not acted the least bit arrogant about it. The Eagles? No parade, but still a healthy helping of arrogance. Flyers and Sixers need some major changes to compete with either.
So Andy Reid took time from his busy schedule attending Sixers game to actually speak to the media (Apologies to Matt Chord). He announced that Todd Bowles would become the secondary coach replacing Johnny Lynn who was fired. Bowles went 2-1 as the interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins this year. Bowles went to Temple and played for three teams in his NFL career. He’s been a coach since 1995 mostly as a secondary coach.
Andy said he took all this time to speak to the media because he had to reflect on how the season went (poorly), what he needed to do (get better on game days) and how the team was going to go about free agency and the draft (linebacker please). He also stated that Steve Spagnolo was offered a job, but apparently didn’t get into specifics about a job title. Even though he did that, Reid said he never was serious about replacing Castillo and that Spags and Castillo would be dynamite together. Andy also stated that he’s looking forward to quarterback Mike Vick’s first full off-season as the starter.
My thoughts: There’s no way that Andy Reid actually believe that by not offering Spags the defensive coordinator job that Spags would come here. The fact of the matter is that if Reid really wanted Spags here, he would be the defensive coordinator for the Eagles. If Andy really believes that Castillo is the guy for the job, that’s fine, I knew that was going to happen the second after the Eagles defeated the Redskins for the 4th straight win. Jeff Lurie made the Castillo move a certainty when he basically said Reid has one more chance. Why would Reid change coordinators and schemes when his job is on the line? Don’t get me wrong, was the defense great? No. Was it awful as some of Philadelphia thinks it was? Consider this..the Eagles defense was second in the NFC in total yards given up, second in passing yards given up and third in points per game. People forget that the offense turn the ball over 35 times which was #1 in the league. The offense, for all the gaudy numbers, scored 3 points in the five blown fourth quarter leads. If this team expects to ever win a Super Bowl, it begins and ultimately ends with the quarterback.