03 December 2011

Will Andy Reid Get Fired?

This was supposed to be the "Dream Team." The Miami Heat of the NFL, that would win the final game unlike those guys. And yet here they are at 4-8 after an embarrassing loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night and will end this week either in sole possession of last place in the NFC East or tied with the Washington Redskins in last. Talk about meeting expectations.
And as you would expect, Andy Reid, the longest tenured head coach in the NFL, is seeing many loud calls for his ouster. Can't say it's surprising, we are talking about Philadelphia sports fans. But will he get the axe?
You cannot deny the amount of success Reid has had in Philly with the Eagles. He has the most wins in team history, has won the NFC East six times, been to the NFC Championship Game five times, winning it in 2004 only to fall to New England in Super Bowl XXXIX, has only missed the playoffs three times (soon to be four) and has the 11th highest winning percentage in NFL history (of coaches with over 100 games coached).
But it's been a while since the City of Brotherly Love has absolutely loved Reid. For fans of a team that has not won an NFL Championship since the Eisenhower administration and never a Super Bowl, coming so close to many NFC Championships and yet to be so far away of the Lombardi Trophy is not something these fans take lightly. Is it greedy? Absolutely, there are fans that would die for the Eagles' success under Reid. But being so close to the cake and not being able to eat it is painful.
Now onto this season, there was no question expectations were incredibly high after they were proclaimed to have "won" the offseason post-lockout by bringing guys like Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Ryan Harris, Cullen Jenkins, Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie (who absolutely blows now by the way). Vince Young labeling them a "Dream Team" certainly did not help. But what has killed the team this year has been brutal play by the offensive line, despite an elite coach in Howard Mudd, and disappointing play by the defense, under former offensive line coach Juan Castillo, whose hiring has backfired big time.
Amidst this hugely disappointing season, do I think Reid will get the axe? I actually don't, I think team owner Jeff Lurie will give him another year based off of Reid's track record and his past success. But I think there is a chance that Reid himself may not want to come back. It is not easy to coach in an environment like Philadelphia, with fans who are seemingly never easy with the pressure always being high. Maybe Reid will resign  take a year off and then dive in with a new team. But if you put a gun to my head, I don't think Reid will get fired.

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