When Andy Reid moved into the Philadelphia Eagles’ office, people had soul patches, Clinton was president and chain wallets were awesome. Now 13 years later, Reid is the most decorated coach in Philadelphia history, soul patches are creepy and chain wallets are a whole lot less awesome.
But has Andy Reid overstayed his welcome?
The New York Times reported in 2008 that the average tenure of an NFL coach was about four and a half seasons. With Reid’s longest active streak, would the Eagles’ front office still cut him if we have another .500 or below season?
Many would be quick to say, “yes.” The Eagles understand the NFL is a business, maybe a little too much so, just talk to Jeremiah Trotter, Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, David Akers and several others. Though, the front office might have gotten a little soft with resigning DeSean Jackson, that’s still up for debate.
Nowadays, people come and go in Philadelphia, and the Birds seem to have a knack for releasing at the right moment. But who calls those cuts? I’m sure it’s a team of a people that I don’t know, but if I could speculate, I would guess Reid has a loud voice in the decision process, and it might be loud enough to drown out his haters.
“[ Eagles owner Jeff Lurie] may know that a huge part of the Birds’ PR problem is Reid — partly his on-air persona, but mostly his failure to win a Super Bowl. But if the owner knows it, he hasn’t acted on it.Most fans assume Reid must make a title run this fall to be back in 2013. False. A winning record will keep Reid in place.”
It seems McKee doesn’t see an end to the Reid dynasty. Perhaps Reid’s just about to hit his second wind?
McKee went on to write:
“And the Lombardi Trophy will continue to live in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New York — every surrounding NFL city — but won’t come to Philadelphia.”
Any Birds’ fan knows the gut removal that’s occurred in Philadelphia to bring home that ring. New coordinators, new position coaches, new all-stars, new veterans. They’ve moved and removed any dead weight, so to speak. We’ve shifted blame to everyone. It’s Reid. It’s Michael Vick. It’s the defense. It’s the linebackers. It’s Juan Castillo. It’s the safeties.
Reid has an impressive tenure, but the Eagles need to operate in the present. With a city and a team starving for a championship, Reid needs to prove he can bring his game back to an elite status.
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