There has been plenty of chatter regarding Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and what his fate will be at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
On one side there are the fans that feel this should be Reid’s last season with the Eagles organization, and rightfully so. Regardless of the countless post-season appearances, division titles or conference championships the Eagles have under Reid’s watch, the fact of the matter is the only hardware that matters has eluded Reid and any roster he has assembled.
On the other side you have the Reid loyalists’ who see everything that Reid has given to the Eagles franchise and the city of Philadelphia. These fans see the post-season trips as a blessing and are likely the same fans that endured the brutal decade of football in the 90′s including Buddy Ryan (1986-90), Rich Kotite (1991-94) and Ray Rhodes (1995-98). There is also the slight possibility that due to the untimely manner of Garrett Reid’s passing that Andy might be given the benefit of the doubt by team owner Jeffrey Lurie and would be allowed back to finish out his contract.
Both sides has their logic for why they are right and why the other side isn’t.
On Monday, ESPN reported that Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli confirmed that Andy Reid’s oldest son, Garrett Reid, had anabolic steroids were found in his room where he was found after overdosing on heroin during training camp. At the time of Reid’s death he was assisting the teams’ strength and conditioning coach. However, Morganelli stated that was focused more on the unfortunate passing of a young man at the age of 29.
“The issue of steroids, it’s an illegal substance in Pennsylvania law, said Morganelli. It has probably more significance in the sports world. But since it did not appear to be related to his death, we’re not pursuing that any further.”
Lurie doesn’t like the negative attention being driven to his football empire. Now, it appears as though the scales of Reid’s departure are becoming more prominent with the news that Garrett’s possession of steroids on team facilities. The Eagles struggles over the past two seasons could just be part of a much bigger problem.
It’s clear the conduct in which he apparently engaged runs counter to the values and principles mandated for everyone associated with our organization, said Lurie. We have spoken with the league office and have pledged our full cooperation with their requests should there be any,” Lurie said.”
“While we remained saddened by the tragic end of a young man’s life and know how hard this must be for the entire Reid family, we are extremely confident that Garrett’s actions were unknown to those around him and did not involve our football team.”
Last season the Eagles came up short in effort while trying to make a late season push towards yet another playoff appearance. Philadelphia won their final four games and it seemed as though the chemistry the Eagles lacked all season long finally started to come together and would carry over to the 2012 season. They started off on the right foot in 2012 winning three of their first four games. But it all started to fall apart following the nail-biter win over division rival New York Giants 19-17 in week four. In the four wins the Eagles have this season, they’ve done so by a combined margin of just six points. In the 10 losses they’ve suffered, six were double digit blasts’ to their ego.
There’s only one man who truly knows Reid’s fate at this point, that is Jeffrey Lurie. He might not even be sure what he wants to do yet, he could be torn between firing a long-time friend who made him a boat load of money and doing what most fans believe is the right thing and fire Reid to begin moving towards the future of the organization. I’ve gone on record before to say that just because there is a possibility that Reid might not be the Eagles head coach in 2013, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will be removed from the organization.
After all, he is still the VP of football operations. There is also the fact that not many in the City of Brotherly Love are to fond of GM Howie Roseman. Could Lurie be pondering keeping Reid around in another fashion simply to avoid seeing him go to a team like the Dallas Cowboys?
We will all find out in just a couple of weeks.