One of the main questions surrounding the Eagles as they head into a pivotal 2012 season regards the future of the team’s head coach. Just what has to happen this season for embattled head coach Andy Reid to keep his job in 2013 and beyond?
There a few possible ways this season could play out, so let’s take a look at what the various outcomes could possibly mean.
1) Disaster scenario: Under this scenario, the Eagles would finish under the .500 mark, posting seven wins or less. Given the talent and stability the team takes to Lehigh, it’s almost unimaginable that the Eagles would implode for a second straight season. Remember, Reid’s teams have never missed the postseason in consecutive years. Still, stranger things have happened. Much has been made of the ouster of former president Joe Banner and how more responsibility and pressure falls on the lap of Reid. After Jeffrey Lurie’s harsh comments following a failed 2011, Lurie would seemingly be forced to part ways with his longtime coach.
2) Good, but not good enough scenario: This is probably the most complex situation. The Eagles win 10 or 11 games, reach the postseason, and proceed to get bounced in the first round. What do you do now? Reid has demonstrated the ability to get his team into the postseason, but has consistently faltered at various stages once there. I truly believe that simply reaching the postseason with this roster and its immense expectations will not get Reid an extended stay in Philadelphia.
3) Can’t seal the deal scenario: Many have suggested that Reid could be out without a Lombardi Trophy. I think that’s nonsense. If Reid can get this team to the NFC Championship Game or Super Bowl, but fail to win, it will clearly be viewed as a major failure by the fanbase. That won’t be true inside the walls of NovaCare. There’s no way the Eagles will make a change if Reid leads the team within a game or two of a championship. It should buy him at least one more season.
4) They win it all scenario: This would seemingly guarantee Reid’s return, but don’t be so sure. Obviously, the team would welcome Reid back, but at this point in his career if Reid wins a Super Bowl, he may look for a similar set up like the one given to his former mentor Mike Holmgren.
Given that we are in the closest thing to what is a dead period in the NFL offseason, now is a good time to address the pressure on Reid and his future before the Eagles head to training camp. Your thoughts?