There’s no denying that whatever slim hopes Andy Reid had of returning to Philadelphia beyond this season are gone after last night’s 34-13 nationally televised drubbing at the hands of the Bengals.
By the second half of last night’s game, Lincoln Financial Field didn’t look as if it were hosting an NFL regular season contest, instead it appearing as if it were hosting a local Pop Warner championship.
While the game was an official sell out, the Eagles undoubtedly took a hit on profits when you consider the empty parking spaces, and dwindling sales of merchandise, food, and, of course, beer.
It’s probably unfair to say that the Eagles have quit on Reid when in fact they played a spirited first half that saw them actually take a lead into the locker room after two quarters. Four second half turnovers later, and, well, the good will of the early fight quickly evaporated.
In light of the recent developments, many are calling for the immediate dismissal of Reid this morning. But why?
With two games left in Reid’s 14 season tenure in Philadelphia, does it really do any good to replace him with an interim coach already on staff? Forget the loyalty dynamic and that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wouldn’t do that to his longtime coach who won a lot of games and generated a lot of money for his franchise. Consider it from a football perspective? What good does it do to dismiss Reid now?
The development of quarterback Nick Foles is the only issue on this team worth truly observing over the final two weeks. And even as his team crumbles, Reid appears to have Foles on the right path after another decent outing last night. While Foles wasn’t spectacular and his numbers regressed for the first time in five starts, Foles play a solid game. With wins and losses clearly unimportant as the season winds down, Reid provides Foles with the best chance to continue his development over the next two weeks. Reid isn’t going anywhere. And for two weeks–he shouldn’t be.