Now I have been on the fence about whether Andy Reid should go or not. I’ve been flip flopping back and forth for the last few seasons actually. And for a few reasons that I will get to in just a second. But first I want to clarify that I actually like coach Reid as a person. In a way, I like how he handles the media. I like how he shows loyalty. Reid is a good man. I truly believe that.
With that being said, the reasons I keep flip flopping as to why or why not coach Reid should remain the Eagles head coach. Through the years Reid has accomplished a lot. More than any other coach has in Eagles history. But you can almost split his career here in two halves. Now to keep it fair I will only go from 1999-2011. This season is his 14th year and we are still in the middle of the season.
So here we go. Andy Reid has a 126-81-1 record through 2011. Now during the first half of his career with the Eagles (1999-2005) he has a 70-42 record while also having a 7-5 playoff record. During those 7 seasons the Eagles won 4 NFC East titles, 1 NFC Championship title and a Super Bowl appearance. Coach Reid also won some coaching awards himself during that time. They include the 2002 AP Coach of the Year, 2002 Sporting News Coach of Year, 2002 Pro Football Weekly Coach of Year, 2002 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of Year,2000 Sporting News Coach of Year and 2000 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of Year.
Now let’s look at 2006-2011. Reid posted a 56-45-1 record with a 3-4 record in the postseason. Accomplishing 2 NFC East titles. Reaching 1 NFC Championship game. Now if you choose to add the Eagles current 2012 3-6 record to this total you can. It will not help the case of his “second half slump”
It’s painfully obvious that his second half has shown decline as a whole. The NFL is competitive and it’s hard to win. But for coach Reid’s first seven years here he set the standard of expectations. He peaked in 2004 during the Super Bowl run. 2005 can be considered a pass because the Eagles were thwarted with injuries. No team could have recovered in that position.
Many question his philosophy, play-calling, clock management, personnel and roster decisions. Myself included at times. And I think it’s fair. Because of those first 7 seasons. And all of those promises of Super Bowls that Philadelphia is craving for.
I personally think Reid is burnt out. Especially after the passing of his son during training camp. Of course that’s something Reid will never admit. But I seriously think it’s still affecting him and his abilities this season. This season is the first time the Eagles have lost five in a row under coach Reid. It’s amazing that it took 14 seasons to do that. It’s not something to be proud of but it’s something to admire in a round a bout kind of way.
Like I said, I think Reid is burnt out in Philly. He needs a change of scenery in my opinion. And I think he should seriously consider it after the season. Maybe have him take a year off then come back in 2014 as President? I’m not sure. But like my last blog I said that I’m ready for the future (Foles). Well, I’m ready for a change at head coach as well.
I praise Andy Reid for all that he has accomplished as the Eagles head coach. Right now though, he’s just not getting it done. The Eagles have not won a playoff game since 2008. And at this very moment in time I don’t see another playoff victory coming anytime soon.