Eating Crow

by Bill Dye

How do you like your crow? Do you like it best roasted, fried, or baked?

Truthfully, there’s no good way to eat crow. No matter how you prepare it, crow tastes bad. That’s why crow is so hard to eat.

Here’s a modern example. Doug Pederson is taking his Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl.

In 2016, when the Eagles hired Pederson the so-called experts went crazy. “Terrible hire,” one guy said. Another sarcastically tweeted, “My first impression of Doug Pederson is I wonder who the Eagles will hire as head coach in 2017.”

They said things like, “Pederson is less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.”

ESPN ranked Doug Pederson as the worst coaching hire in the NFL.

But then the improbable happened. The Eagles started winning. By mid-season, they were the best team in the league.

Finally, its time for the experts to eat some crow, right?

Rather than admit their mistake the so-called experts pointed to the brilliance of the Eagle’s quarterback Carson Wentz. Doug was passed over for coach of the year, but in a backhanded slap, they gave the General Manager of the year to the Eagles GM. He surely deserved it, but Doug also deserved some credit for the Eagle’s winning ways.

Do you hear what they are saying? “Doug didn’t do this, his General Manager gave him such wonderful player personnel that the team wins on its own.”   Why can’t they admit that Doug was at least partially responsible?

Even when the Eagles had the best record in the NFL one guy wrote, “Why I still think Pederson was a bad hire.”

Then Wentz went down with a season-ending knee injury.  The analysts wrote them off,  “Poor Eagles, it was a nice run. Too bad.”

Then the most improbable thing happened. The Eagles continued to win.  They beat the Falcons in the first playoff game.  The headline read, “Falcons have nobody to blame but themselves.”  Then in the NFC championship game, the “underdog” Eagles took the Vikings to the woodshed.

Finally, it’s time to eat some crow, right?

Nope.

Doug runs the offense. Guess what ESPN’s headline read after the NFC championship blowout. “Prominent defense propels Eagles into the Super Bowl.” Seriously? Sure the defense played great, but a backup QB that was nearly out of the league was 26 of 33 for 352 yards and three TD’s against the number one defense in the league? Doug was magnificent.  Why won’t they admit it?

As I’ve tracked Doug Pederson’s unlikely story I’ve been reminded time and again just how badly we hate to admit when we are wrong.

We all hate the taste of crow.

I know I do.

It’s so hard not to defend your mistake or try to walk it back to a more acceptable state of “less wrong.”

That’s true of sports analysts and its true of the rest of us too.

There’s really not a good way to prepare crow, but sometimes you have to eat it anyway. Just close your eyes, open your mouth and chew. You will never be right until you are able to admit that you’re wrong.

Read Psalm 32:3-5.

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