You know when someone says something like, “No direspect, but…”, or, “With all due respect…” and then they immediately proceed to insult you? Well, that’s sort of what Phil Sheridan does in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.
We’ll start with this assumption: You don’t care about the impact on a handful of media types when Andy Reid decides to close Eagles practices after 228 regular-season and playoff games. And that’s fine. Even if the information gathered by reporters is meant for and thirstily consumed by Eagles fans, we get to skip over the knee-jerk reaction that goes, “Nobody cares about you guys in the media.”
He’s right. Nobody cares about media types. Which, of course, is the irony as he then proceeds to toss out various conspiracy theories as to why the Eagles have sudden closed practices. Not satisfied with the explanation that social media could put the Eagles at a competitive disadvantage by leaving practices open (which is potentially true, by the way), Sheridan decides to throw some stuff at the wall and to see if eventually any of it will stick.
Theories ranged from the Eagles knowing that Michael Vick is declining, so they’re privately preparing Mike Vick to Reid knows his team isn’t very good, so he’s opting to drape a curtain over top of their daily workouts.
Hell, he even mentions Reid in the same sentence as former coach Rich Kotite. Come on, now.
“Put it this way: The last Eagles coach to close practices was Rich Kotite. It is not a move made from strength and self-assuredness,” writes Sheridan.
Point is this–what the Eagles do on Sunday is what fans care about. Not reporters’ access at NovaCare. Sheridan knows that. So why write 818 words about?