The Philadelphia Eagles franchise has been in existence since 1933, becoming the city’s professional football team after the Frankford Yellow Jackets suspended operations after the 1931 season. Some are unaware that the Eagles merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers for a season in 1943, to form the unofficial name, the Steagles, due to players lost to military service during World War II.
The Eagles all time record is 520-552-26, including the 6 games this season. Andy Reid has compiled 129 of these wins as head coach. He’s the winningest coach in franchise history, as well as, the longest tenured. In his previous 13 seasons, his team’s have made one Super Bowl appearance and lost, along with losing 4 of 5 NFC championship games. Before his arrival, the Eagles were a laughingstock in the league finishing the ’98 season at 3-13. So Reid has definitely turned this franchise into a winning one and helped make it one of the most profitable, as it is now valued over $1 billion.
With all these accomplishments with Reid at the helm, there is one thing a lot of Eagles fans say that makes my ears hurt every time I hear it….”you can’t fire Andy Reid, because who else are you going to get?” What?? There are lots of coaches, whether they on current NFL staffs or at the collegiate ranks, that can be good head coaches in this league! I just don’t understand the logic of fans that seriously believe otherwise.
First of all, who ever heard of Reid before Jeffrey Lurie surprised us when he hired him off of the Green Bay Packers staff? He was a Brett Favre’s quarterback coach, who was never an offensive coordinator at this level. Lurie and his crew did their homework and selected a good coach that’s made the Eagles a consistently winning team.
The Steelers won a Super Bowl with Mike Tomlin, who was a defensive coordinator for one year, before Pittsburgh hired him. The Atlanta Falcons have been successful with Mike Smith, who was also a d-coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars prior. Mike McCarthy also won a ring with the Packers after being an offensive coordinator with the Saints and 49ers. And how about John Harbaugh, he was a special teams coach for years and a secondary coach for one, with our own Eagles, before the Baltimore Ravens made him their head-man. These are only a few examples of what production a team can get when it does its research. The Eagles did it before! So a big-name coach isn’t always necessary to continue a winning tradition.
But for all that Reid has done well, he’s made just as many blunders that have kept the Eagles from winning it all. From all the failed draft picks, clock management issues, play calling mistakes, ignoring important defensive positions, hiring an unqualified defensive coordinator and entrusting an undisciplined quarterback to somehow becoming one, the Eagles have been overdue for a new leader.
And with all that being said, if the Eagles don’t make the playoffs this year or get bounced in the first round, Philadelphia will have to fold its NFL franchise because Andy Reid will no longer be the head coach and the Eagles can’t get anyone better….as some may think.