With last week’s loss to the less-than-stellar Dallas Cowboys, the future for Andy Reid, the NFL’s longest tenured coach, has been all but set in stone. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie ended the disappointing 2011/2012 season with a bold statement that appears to be coming true: that another 8-8 season is “unacceptable” and with the Eagles now going into week 11 with a 3-6 record, the remaining schedule doesn’t help their case.
If the Eagles hope to keep their head coach and a possible playoff berth ¬¬–– though this seems highly unlikely –– they have to win at least six of their next seven games; a daunting task to ask of any team in the NFL, let alone the train-wreck that has been the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia has already lost to both divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, and has proven that they aren’t in for many improvements anytime soon. With Michael Vick out indefinitely with what has been described as a “severe concussion,” rookie quarterback Nick Foles is poised to make at least the next start against the divisional opponent Washington Redskins. At the hands of a young quarterback, asking any team to win six out of seven games is all but impossible, and when you take into account the Eagles firing of Juan Castello and their subsequent collapse as a defensive team (currently sitting 12th in the NFL), the future certainly looks bleak for a 9-7 season.
The Eagles have come a long way since Andy Reid swooped in to save the city with a wide-eyed Donovan McNabb and proceeded to carry them to four NFC Championship games from 2001 to 2004, and finally a super bowl in 2004. In his years with the Eagles, Reid holds an impressive 129-86-1 record, and is 10-9 in the post-season with the Eagles. However, the statistics do not reflect the current situation, and what is driving an entire city to call for their long time hero’s head.
In the last four years, the Eagles have made the playoffs three times, all three ending in disappointment. Things began the downhill slide in 2008 when the Eagles lost their fourth NFC Championship game in eight years to the Arizona Cardinals. Over the next two years Reid seemed poised to lead his team to a redemption playoff run, however both seasons ended in a quick Wild Card exit to the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, respectively.
For as many statistical reasons that the Philadelphia faithful are upset with Andy Reid there are equally, if not more, intangible arguments for running him out of the city. In the past four years alone, Andy Reid and his coaching staff traded away safety Brian Dawkins and kicker David Akers, two fan favorite players, in highly controversial trades. Not long after disposing of two “class act” players, the coaching staff brought in one of the most talked about players of all time, Michael Vick. Vick wasn’t welcomed to the city for a multitude of reasons, and his two year stay in the city has not calmed things down.
All facts in line, it is painfully clear that Andy Reid, though once great for the city, has over-stayed his welcome in the city of brotherly love. They don’t want him here, plain and simple. He has made too many controversial moves, and with the constant blame game of firing, hiring and trading, it is obvious that the Eagles need a serious rebuilding period if they want to repeat their 2004 super bowl appearance, and that rebuilding will never come at the hands of Andy Reid.