Reid Must Go

Posted: October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Sunday, as I watched Jason Hanson’s 45 yard field goal pierce the uprights at Lincoln Financial Field; I had finally come to the realization that many in Philadelphia had previously reached. This epiphany came after the Eagles blew a 23-13 lead with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter en route to an overtime loss to the Detroit Lions, 26-23. 

The Eagles must fire Andy Reid.

In the past, I always believed that Reid would overcome his own stubbornness to lead the Eagles to a championship. But, it has become increasingly clear that the only thing bigger than Andy Reid’s ego is his waistline. 

Every year, Philadelphia fans experience the same rash of emotion towards their Eagles. August’s hope and optimism quickly erodes into an autumn of promise before subsiding to a winter of despair. The game planning remains the same. Pass, pass, pass followed by a run and more passes. This is what the Eagles’ offensive strategy has become. The Quarterback, hand picked by Reid following Vick’s release from prison,  is a turnover machine who turned 5 or 6 good games in 2010 into a $100 million boondoggle. The defense is run by a former Offensive Line coach whose units were perhaps best known for getting Donovan McNabb injured in 2002, 2005, and 2006; and allowing Simeon Rice to “strip” the Eagles of a chance at the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Eagles, despite all their talent, are a .500 team because of decisions like this one. It is Andy Reid’s own loyalty to those who he trusts that will ultimately be his untimely undoing. 

The one solace Eagles fans can have at this point is that Reid’s teams have always underachieved in the first half of the season and exploded to the finish line. Since 2007, the Eagles are 11 games above .500 from November 1st until the end of the regular season (28-17-1). But, these slow starts can destroy any chance a team has come January. Just look at last year in you need an example. 

The Eagles are 11-14 in their last 25 games dating back to the DeSean Jackson punt-return victory on December 19th, 2010. With 10 games left in the season, how badly will Philadelphia have to falter in order for Reid’s job to be lost? Time will tell. However, many fans, including myself, believe the damage has been done and the writing is on the wall. Andy Reid will no longer be coaching in Philadelphia in 2013.

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