OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Andy Reid didn't waste much time celebrating the utter beating his Eagle administered on the New York Giants last week, turning his attention quickly to those damned Dallas Cowboys, exhibiting in his Monday press conference a shorter memory than that of Leonard in Memento.
Onward and upward, I suppose; this is Philly and Dallas.
"I'm already into Dallas, by the time I'm sitting here talking I'm deep into Dallas," Reid said on Monday. "I don't even care about those last two games right now. You have to take care of business every week. It's good that we won the games, yes, and I'm happy for the guys, they played hard and aggressive and the coaches did a nice job. We can't worry about those games right now."
What Reid sees in Dallas is likely what Wade Phillips sees in Philadelphia--aggressiveness, physicality, and the slow but sure assimilation of numerous new faces; this latter part has been key for each team, as they suffered through some growing pains early in the season, only to hit a stride and, with some help from the struggling Giants, find themselves in the enviable position of dueling for the division lead--mano a mano.
"I think they're playing aggressive," Reid continued. "I think their offensive line and defensive line are playing very physical football. They're giving Tony [Romo] time to get back there and throw and then they match it with a good running game. Defensively, they're flying around. Wade [Phillips] has taken over. They're blitzing from all over the place. They have a whole variety of different blitzes. They're utilizing everybody there."