For whatever reason or another, Andy Reid will remain head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for at least one more week. Les Bowen of the Daily News reported the following on Monday:
A high-ranking team source told the Daily News it was not, that Reid will coach the Eagles next Monday night against the Carolina Panthers.
Told during the game that fans want to hear from team chairman Jeffrey Lurie, their 3-7 team having dropped six games in a row in increasingly ugly fashion, a team spokesman said Lurie was unlikely to speak Sunday. He didn’t say anything about Monday.
The Eagles suffered their sixth straight loss (their longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row in 1994) on Sunday when they were blown out by the Washington Redskins by a score of 31-6. After a 3-1 start, Philadelphia now sits dead last in their division and second-to-last in the NFC at 3-7.
Reid has been the head coach in Philadelphia since 1999, amassing a 129-86-1 regular season record at the helm of the Eagles and leading them to an NFC Championship in 2004. His past successes and strong relationship with Jeffrey Lurie are probably the only reasons he’s still employed at the moment.
It’s understandable that Lurie would give Reid, his longtime coach and friend, the benefit of the doubt and extend a larger window for the coach to turn things around. But, despite Lurie’s loyalty, few things have changed and at some point that window has to close. Like, say, now.
While Lurie continues to duck the Philadelphia media and support a lost cause, I can’t help draw similarities from Philly’s debacle to the Red Sox-Bobby Valentine catastrophe in Boston this past Summer. While Bobby V. didn’t have the longstanding tenure in Boston that Reid has in Philadelphia, there are still several common themes:
Abismal on-field performance despite the presence of countless superstar players. A stubborn veteran coach with questionable decision-making. Ownership ducking the media and refusing to admit something is seriously wrong. A really, really pissed off fan base with the need to direct blame at someone. The only thing missing? The pitchforks and torches.
Then again, it’s Philadelphia…those might be coming soon.
But here’s the thing: Luria has the chance to do what the Red Sox never did, at least with their coach – admit the organization’s mistakes and take a step towards rectifying those mistakes before an entire season is lost. Avoiding the problems and delaying the inevitable are only going to lead to more questions and mounting anger. And let’s face it, firing Reid is inevitable at this point.
Keeping Reid around is pointless – the Eagles are all but out of contention and, as Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad writes, “it’s not about wins and losses anymore, it’s about saving face. Reid’s presence on the sidelines has become the most public symbol of the Eagles’ unwillingness to change.”
If Luria realizes that Andy Reid has been a point of major concern during this disastrous season in the City of Brotherly Love, and that seems pretty clear cut at this point, he needs to put aside his blind loyalty and confront the problem head-on and save face while he still can. He needs to axe Reid and he needs to do it now.