Sunday Night Football nears. The Eagles and Cowboys prepare for another war.
The first time we heard someone say “players win games”, “wins and losses in the NFL come down to matchups”, and “coaches have to put their players in the best position to allow them the opportunity to make plays”, none of us knew who Nick Sirianni was. Andy Reid paced the Philadelphia Eagles sideline for 14 seasons, and even though we heard him make mention of those theories, we also know that he wasn’t the first person to come to that realization.
Truthfully, none of us remember the first time we heard any of those statements, but we’ve all seen the words spill out of our mouths. So has Big Red. So has Coach Sirianni. Long after Siranni is done coaching, the Philadelphia Eagles will still be playing, and another head coach will say the same thing.
The point is this. Years pass, players and coaches come and go, and football hasn’t changed. Players win games. A great coach’s job is to learn what his team does well and put his team in a position to be able to make something happen when his number is called.
The Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are loaded with talent. Plays will be made on both sides. The better-prepared team and the better-coached team probably wins this one on Sunday Night Football. Here are five matchups that figure to determine the outcome.