Friday, December 2, 2011
Jerry Jones still 'scared to death' of Eagles
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas – Jerry Jones isn’t dancing on the grave of the NFC East preseason favorite Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones can relate to the embarrassment of going from a supposed Super Bowl contender to NFL punchline. The Cowboys did it last season. It’s been the Eagles’ turn this year.
At 4-8 after last night’s loss to the Seahawks, the Eagles can forget about contending for a playoff spot this season. The big question in Philly these days is whether the Eagles’ epic failure of a season merits the firing of longtime coach Andy Reid.
The Eagles’ front office might not have asked for Jerry’s advice, but he offered it anyway during his Friday appearance on KRLD-FM.
“Now, Andy Reid is one of the best football coaches, period, anywhere,” Jones said. “And he’s in the prime of his coaching career. I know they’re down on him now, and he set it up with high expectations. … He set it up with high expectations and it hasn’t worked out. It just doesn’t work out the way you have it mapped out on paper. That’s just the way it is, but he’s an outstanding coach and, man, has he been formidable for us throughout the years.”
Reid has a 16-10 record against the Cowboys. That includes the 34-7 rout at Lincoln Financial Field in October, the one time this season the Eagles actually lived up to the preseason hype.
“Boy, when I look at the game we played against them, I know what they’re capable of,” Jones said, “and I’m scared to death of them when we play them here.”