Could Matt Rhule and Chip Kelly have dinners and meet as coaches in the city Philadelphia? I only hope. I actually hope all of the coaches of every team, professional, or collegiate, meet in some way or form to build on one another. The loss Temple University took against Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish says something. First, they set a template for what to establish and what to beware of against the Fighting Irish for other teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They also showed the city what true spirit in a team means and what a real squad does. Thomas Jahad looked like he left it all on the field. P.J. Walker put it all on the line. Matakevich, Chandler, Avery Williams, every Owl put it out there and accepted the results. This next week you know this team will give Southern Methodists University all they can take and more.
The only question is, and not to overshadow Temple’s role in this city, can the Philadelphia Eagles learn from Temple University’s example? You take what you do well. Know your talent. Use it. Build on it. Continue to build on it and let it all hang out for a whole season as an unmitigated unit. I feel like the Philadelphia Eagles are better than fans and even media can project. The problem seems to be the identity the team presents. It needs this kind of character, well at least the Eagle’s offense does.
You watch Temple University and their stout defense cause any team problems. Their offense has a place to excel. Walker scrambles and passes well. Thomas runs hard and punishes opposing defenses. A certain blend between Thomas and Armstead might cause teams more problems. I definitely would love to see a double reverse play action pass or flea flicker from this team against teams that put too much pressure on the offensive line. Temple University is solid and is on their way to a bowl game. This team just has to continue to build on this effort and win out.
I just wish the Philadelphia Eagles would take this use of heart, soul, and effort by Temple University and make their team work, every week, the way your talent and scheme, best used, permit. Thank you Temple Owls for bringing back a consistency and fight that this city needs to witness.
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