Thursday, February 11, 2016

What Andy Said, What Andy Meant (post-Redskins)

What Andy Said, What Andy Meant (post-Redskins)


On why, after 10 years, it’s still so difficult putting players in the right position to make plays:
What Andy said: ``
It’s a challenge every week. That’s what makes it such a great job.’’
What he meant: ``I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about taxes. And cheeseburgers.’’

On the Redskins running nearly twice as many offensive plays in the second half as the Eagles:
What Andy said:
``Anytime you end a game with 47 offensive plays and 75 defensive plays, there’s a problem. We had way too many three-and-outs on the offensive side. In particular at the start of the second half when we had four consecutive three-and-outs.’’
What he meant: ``I’m going to try something really radical this week. I’m going to script the first 15 plays of the SECOND half instead of the first. We’re gonna just wing it at the beginning of the game. Or I might have Christina Lurie call the plays.’’

On why the Eagles didn’t call a timeout on that third-and-one play when L.J. Smith lined up on the wrong side:
What Andy said:
``It looked like there was a timeout called. But I guess the officials didn’t see that part. The quarterback turned around and called a timeout. People saw that.’’
What he meant: ``Donovan signaled the official that he wanted a timeout. But you know how hard it is sometimes to make sense out of what he’s saying.’’

On the possibility of the Eagles signing a true blocking fullback:
What Andy said: ``
We’ll see how things go here.’’
What he meant: ``No can do, guys. We just blew our budget on a new senior vice president of public affairs and government relations. Although I’m not all that sure she’d be any worse at opening a hole than Tony Hunt or Dan Klecko.’’

On kicker David Akers’ continuing struggles from beyond 40 yards:
What Andy said:
``His leg’s strong. He’s in a little bit of a slump right now. He’ll pull out of this thing and be fine. He’s just gotta straighten it out a little bit.’’
What he meant: ``We’re lobbying hard for an immediate rule change that would widen the goal posts about 4 feet. If we can get them to make it retroactive, we’re thinking maybe they’ll change our 24-20 loss to the Bears to a 26-24 win.’’

On not throwing downfield much against the Redskins:
What Andy said:
``You don’t need to have the huge plays. We had some nice intermediate throws. A couple were dropped. We just need to be more consistent there.’’
What he meant: ``I love the smell of a 15-play, 75-yard drive in the morning.’’

On why the Eagles have managed to scored just one touchdown in the second half of the last three games:
What Andy said:
``I have an idea. We just have to get it straight. I’m not going to get into the whole thing.’’
What he meant: ``I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about the economy. And cheeseburgers.’’

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