I’ve always been a staunch supporter of Andy Reid. The cases for and against Reid have been debated for quite some time now. He has a set of clear weaknesses–clock management, a pension to abandon the run, and, of course, he has failed to win the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Reid’s record and overall consistency in Philadelphia is an appealing commodity for many fans and owners A commodity that many in a championship-starved city have come to overlook.
And I appreciate Andy Reid. But I just can’t support him anymore. It’s not that he’s a bad coach. Or that he’s fat (something that’s completely irrelevant yet oft mentioned). Or that he can’t win. But it’s over here. The time has come.
Usually the masses are asses, but in this case the widespread assumption that Reid is a done deal in Philadelphia will come to fruition. This underlying notion that the Eagles will play up to their potential and that Reid could save his job with a late run is absurd.
The Eagles aren’t going to run off a 7-0 record and make the playoffs. They won’t go 6-1. Hell, based on what we’ve seen, there’s no reason to think that they can even go 3-4 the rest of the way to even finish 6-10. For the second straight season, a team with great expectations has been a great disaster. And what’s even more startling is that the Eagles had this trainwreck on their hands, spent an offseason vowing changes and assessing how to make it happen and yet here we are.
Lurie may not want to pay Reid the $5.5 million he owes Reid in 2013 to sit at home, but he was well aware of the possibility when he had his “8-8 is unacceptable” press conference after last season. It’s a non-factor.
Reid is a good coach. He’ll land elsewhere and he will probably be successful. But he’s done here.