I owe first-year Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirrani an apology.
You have won me over. I wanted you fired early in the season because you were making questionable decisions, especially in the red zone. You weren’t running when the situation called for it. The defense was awful for a time. It really looked like the team was heading in the wrong direction.
But your players had your back. They had more faith in you than I and the rest of the fan base did. You also started going to your strength, the run game. And it’s been fun to watch.
Sure, there have been efforts that have made me nervous, but this team has found ways to win.
My expectations for this season were six to seven wins. Going 9-8 and making the playoffs? This is a bonus.
And you played last Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys perfectly. You gave your regulars off (of course, some were in COVID-19 protocol), and it really didn’t matter that the Cowboys scored 51 points. It was against second- and third-string players.
I’m hoping that the Eagles beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but my expectation is that it won’t happen. Getting there, though, has been fun.
Please accept my apology.
I was 9-7 in Week 18. I finished 171-102-1.
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Here are my picks for Super Wild Card weekend.
Cincinnati 30, Las Vegas 27
Buffalo 21, New England 14
Tampa Bay 28, Philadelphia 17
Dallas 24, San Francisco 21
Kansas City 34, Pittsburgh 14
L.A. Rams 34, Arizona 31
SUPER WILDCARD WEEKEND TV/RADIO SCHEDULE
(Subject to change)
NBC13 (WNYT), Peacock and Westwood One (WPBZ-FM 103.9) — AFC Wild Card: Las Vegas at Cincinnati, 4:30 (NBC/Peacock: Mike Tirico, Drew Brees, Kathryn Tappen; Westwood One: Ryan Radke, Mike Golic Sr., Ben Leber).
CBS6 (WRGB), Paramount+ and Westwood One (WTMM-FM 104.5) — AFC Wild Card: New England at Buffalo, 8:15 p.m. (CBS/Paramount+: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn; Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker, Steve Tasker).
FOX23 (WXXA) and Westwood One (WTMM) — NFC Wild Card: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi; Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ron Jaworski, Derek Rackley).
CBS6, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, Nickelodeon and Westwood One (WTMM) — NFC Wild Card: San Francisco at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.(CBS/Paramount+: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson; Amazon Prime Video: Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer; Nickelodeon: Noah Eagle, Nate Burleson, Gabrielle Nevah Green, Young Dylan; Westwood One: Spero Dedes, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin).
NBC13, Peacock and and Westwood One (WTMM) — AFC Wild Card: Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. (NBC/Peacock: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya; Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Olivia Dekker).
ABC10 (WTEN), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ and Westwood One (WTMM) — NFC Wild Card: Arizona at L.A. Rams, 8:15 p.m. (ABC/ESPN/ESPN+: Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters; ESPN2/ESPN+: ManningCast; Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker).
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