Undefeated Falcons Unfazed by Reid’s Record & New Coordinator
13 times Andy Reid has taken a mid-season week off and come back to thump the first opponent he sees. However, that streak may end Sunday as this time around the Eagles will face the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
The 6-0 Falcons don’t seem to be worried about the Eagles new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, either. That’s despite having never seen anything Bowles may be bringing to the table on Sunday.
Falcons center Todd McClure told Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the lack of information “definitely can present a little bit of a problem” for Atlanta’s preparations but he doesn’t think it will be a major issue.
“It’s still going to be the same guys we’ve seen on film,” McClure said. “I don’t think they are going to drastically change what they’ve done. They’ve had training camp to put in their defensive philosophies and the first six games of the season. I just can’t see them changing too much.”
But here’s the thing — the Eagles do change things up during the bye week, right?. Andy Reid simply couldn’t have that kind of success off the bye week if his teams didn’t change something.
And while we may see that, no one in the Falcons organization seems to. Atlanta coach Mike Smith said earlier this week, “we’ve got to be prepared for some ‘unscouted’ looks. [But] I don’t think there will be a mass change in what they do philosophically because they’ve invested so much time into the scheme that they’re running.”
Should be an interesting match up, and certainly one that may put Andy Reid’s record in jeopardy.