Andy Reid is cooked in Philadelphia. It’s possible that this team maxes out at five wins. The offensive line is a mess, the defense is a joke, and the head coach’s excuses and promises are tiresome. The writing is on the wall, and truthfully, it probably has been before many were willing to admit.
There’s simply no way Reid is coming back as head coach next season. No way, no how. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t finish this one. Forget loyalty or doing right by Reid–the Eagles could let him roll today and the Eagles wouldn’t be doing him wrong. He’ll still get paid and owner Jeffrey Lurie stuck by Reid for many years when other owners would have pulled the plug. This isn’t about loyalty, and this isn’t about Reid staying the course and showing his team that he’s “all in.” It’s about doing what’s best for the future of this team. And, believe it or not, Reid playing out the string is what’s best.
The worst thing that could happen, even worse than the Eagles winning the last six games to finish 9-7, would be for an interim coach from Reid’s staff to take over and have any type of success. This is a team that needs a drastic overhaul–one that includes a revamped roster and a completely new coaching staff. I’ve never been a guy who roots for losses so a team can get a better draft pick, but I’m rooting for losses because this team needs to see a bolded and embarrassing 4-12 record in the record books–not a 7-9 or 8-8 mark. And I’m rooting for losses so that there isn’t even a trace of doubt that this regime must be removed in its entireity.
Ask yourself who can lead them there. The answer is the guy that has taken them this far–Andy Reid.