Colin Cowherd: Philadelphia is 'The dumbest sports city in America'

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Colin Cowherd: Philadelphia is 'The dumbest sports city in America'

Whatever you do today, I would advise you don't watch video of Colin Cowherd bashing the good people of Philadelphia. Don't give him the satisfaction. The entire unhinged rant is already transcribed for you, and once you've read it, you'll never have any need or desire to watch or listen to Colin Cowherd ever again.

Cowherd says Philadelphia "has to be the dumbest sports city in America" because we ran former Eagles coach Andy Reid out of town. Not just Reid, but former Phillies manager Terry Francona, too. And Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright -- well, he's still around, but no thanks to you!

Oh, it gets worse. Much worse.

I want to talk about the city of Philadelphia for three minutes, which has to be the dumbest sports city in America because they ran Andy Reid out of town. This is amazing.

Andy Reid's won 60 percent of his NFL games with average-to-below-average quarterbacks. Nobody's done that in 20 years. He got to five NFC Championships and a Super Bowl with a quarterback with an 85.0 passer rating in his career and a 59 percent completion ratio, Donovan McNabb. Nobody does that. Andy Reid has won 61 percent of his games -- that's better than Mike Holmgren, who had a Hall of Fame quarterback or two; Bill Parcells; Tom Coughlin; it's even with a legend, Tom Landry. But Andy Reid got run out of Philadelphia. Now think about that. He won four straight NFC Championships. Aaron Rodgers, with a great coach, with a good GM, in a weaker division, Aaron Rodgers -- eight years, three NFC Championships. Andy Reid went to five. Andy Reid was bum-rushed out of Philadelphia. (Laughter.) By the way, 19 years coaching, 16 non-losing seasons with average quarterbacks. He single-handedly resurrected Michael Vick's career. He single-handedly resurrected Alex Smith's career -- San Francisco kicked Alex Smith out of town. Who does that? Winning with average quarterbacks. Joe Gibbs? About the only one I can think of, and he's called a legend.

But this is what Philadelphia does. The Phillies had Terry Francona -- they ran him out of town. He's the best manager in baseball. He wins everywhere. Since leaving Philadelphia, Terry Francona's been managing 14 years. He's never had a losing record. Do you get how hard that is? They did it with Jay Wright at Villanova. Rollie Massimino won a National Championship, they gave the job to Jay Wright. He's won 71 percent of his games. In the last three years, he's the winningest program in college basketball. It's got tough academics. It's not big and large and profound like North Carolina. It's a small private school in Philadelphia, which has a number of good basketball programs in the region, and they've been on Jay Wright before he won that title for years.

Are you people crazy? You ran Andy Reid out of town. You ran Terry Francona out of town. Jay Wright's one of the top five coaches in college basketball, you're on him constantly. By the way, Philly was originally the nation's capital, and you blew that, too, late 1700s. You probably ran George Washington out of town. I'm sorry. Andy Reid's been in the sport 20 years. He's winning more than Holmgren, Parcells and Coughlin. Run out of town. Resurrecting careers.

Maybe Philly fans are so dopey, they just don't like the word "read." They don't like to read. I don't know what it is. But you cheered Michael Irvin's career-ending injury. I can't trust a fan base that has a courtroom and a jail under their stadium. But do you get and appreciate how good Francona, Jay Wright and Andy Reid are? He's going what nobody can do in football - win with quarterbacks people don't want. It's incredible, and they're the best team in the NFL.

I think most Eagles fans appreciated Reid's tenure with the club, or at least gained some perspective after he left. But it was 14 years, the last four of which the Eagles did not win a playoff game, or so much as reach the postseason the last two. Also, suggesting McNabb was only an average quarterback, or acting like Vick or Smith aren't tremendously talented is absurd -- never mind the myriad of other half-truths and flat-out inaccuracies Cowherd's rant contains. All of these situations are far more nuanced than he could ever comprehend.

But hey, this is Philadelphia, and we're used to unknowledgeable blowhards stereotyping the city and its fans. The Eagles summed up Cowherd's little outburst perfectly.

If you want to watch Cowherd -- and I strongly suggest you don't -- here it is. But do yourself a favor, and tell Cowherd and his employers how you really feel by skipping his show. With takes such these, clearly you're not missing anything.

The Roots rocked, peak Pederson, and marvelous Merrill

The Roots rocked, peak Pederson, and marvelous Merrill

The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.

Again, that's really fun to type. And there was so much fun to be had on Sunday when the Birds beat up on the Vikings to win the NFC Championship.

In the spirit of truly having a blast watching yesterday's game and partying on Broad Street after, here's some of the killer content the Eagles shared on their social media. Their social team was as red hot as Nick Foles. Tough to beat good access. This stuff is just fun to relive.


Doug Pederson's post-game speech. The look on his face after he says it! Goosebumps.

The Roots! Many fans at home were bummed that the FOX telecast did not show The Roots halftime performance. Thankfully, you can watch it in full below. It ends with a fantastic rendition of the Eagles' fight song.

The Merrill Reese Cam. Needs no description.

Nick Foles just one more thing Chip Kelly got wrong

Nick Foles just one more thing Chip Kelly got wrong

Imagine having ever doubted Nick Foles. Well, OK, that puts you in a group with roughly 99 percent of the general public. But imagine having ever traded Foles away, thinking he wasn’t good enough to get the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

There are a select few talent evaluators on the face of this earth who have gone so far as to actually get rid of Foles, and just one man who swapped him for another quarterback. Take a bow, Chip Kelly. Your brief tenure as coach of the Eagles and even briefer stint as personnel czar only continue to look worse with time.

It’s not news Kelly was a failure as an NFL head coach or that his one year as the Eagles’ general manager was disastrous. Fans had to relive one mistake after another as vice president of football operations Howie Roseman spent the last two years undoing the damage, move by move.

Yet, little else was thought of Kelly’s call to send Foles packing, until now. To the contrary, it was one of the few decisions where the disgraced coach appeared justified. It took Foles less than one season to flame out with the Rams and wind up a journeyman backup. Anybody who thought it might be a bad idea at the time had no room to talk.

Now that Foles has done his part to guide the Eagles to a conference championship, it’s time to revisit that decision. And at the time Kelly traded Foles, he had a 14-4 record in his previous 18 starts. He had set an NFL record with a 27-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013 (since broken by Tom Brady). He walked off the field with the lead in a wild-card playoff game.

Maybe Foles was a victim of playing behind a patchwork offensive line in 2014 when he turned the ball over 13 times in eight games and suffered a season-ending injury. Maybe he seemed like a flash in the pan with the Rams because there was no talent around him in an offense that finished no better than 21st in the league from 2007 to 2016.

Maybe Foles has been pretty good all along, and Kelly and all the doubters were simply wrong. Actually, that’s a fact.

Not only did Kelly send Foles packing, he dealt him for Sam Bradford, who, ironically, was sitting on the opposite sideline in the NFC Championship Game. Bradford may, in fact, be more talented but was coming off consecutive ACL tears and hadn’t played competitive football in nearly two years. Bradford, who was on the Vikings’ sideline because he got hurt again.

It wasn’t even Foles for Bradford straight-up. Kelly agreed to send second- and fourth-round draft picks in the deal, too, getting only a fifth in return. Like almost all of his moves, this has not aged well.

Kelly traded a potential franchise quarterback, a guy who had won him a lot of games, who looked like he could win in the postseason. A perfectly safe, reliable option, if not exactly oozing greatness — all for a glorified lottery ticket.

Bradford was fine. If he could stay healthy, he would probably prove, like Foles, he never had a shot while playing for those awful Rams teams.

But was Bradford worth the gamble? Opinions were mixed at the time, but that’s because, like Kelly, there were a lot of folks who were ready to give up on Foles. Three years later, it was just one more needless, horrendous decision.

Fortunately, the universe has a way of correcting itself sometimes. Or maybe that’s just Roseman hard at work, the other enormous mistake in Kelly’s NFL tenure that went largely glossed over. Whatever. The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl, with Foles at the helm, and Kelly is back to coaching college football — which is the way it always should’ve been.