The Philadelphia Eagles fans have been calling for head coach Andy Reid‘s head over this past season like the past seasons, but this time, it was justified as the Eagles ended at .500 with an 8-8 record. They demolished the hapless Washington Redskins in their last regular season game with a 34-10 win, but it was all for nought. The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets the previous week with a score of 29-14 and sealed the NFC East title with their 31-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Jets win saved Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s job and winning the NFC East title gave them an opportunity to enter the Super Bowl.
On the topic of head coaches, Andy Reid was on the hot seat this season as his team could not gel together until midway through the regular season. The “Dream Team” could not power offensively through teams like in past seasons, and it hurt them. Quarterback Michael Vick’s above-average performance this season with 18 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and an above-average quarterback rating of 84.9. It was only slightly better than his 2004 season with the Atlanta Falcons. Vince Young did only worse with 4 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and a depressing 60.8 quarterback rating. Neither of them were salvaging Andy Reid’s head nor their offense. Andy Reid is the NFL’s winningest head coach earning 136 total career victories through the 2011 season. Reid may be a bit overdrawn at his coaches in important personnel positions — like Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator. However, he does find gems in the rough on the field. Running back LeSean McCoy is one of his hidden gems that came to fruition this season.
Concerning wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Lurie commented that he is a “terrific player,” and that he is. But Jackson has also been toxic in the locker room. Vince Young could relate as his problem with the Tennessee Titans former head coach Jeff Fisher. There is no doubt the Eagles will attempt to keep DeSean Jackson. How much money the front office is willing to separate to keep him is the question here.
One last note is that the front office will not be changed in any way. At least, the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t quite as desperate as the Jacksonville Jaguars nor as brain-dead as the Oakland Raiders.
Jeff Lurie didn’t say anything that wasn’t expected, given the failure of the Eagles this season. He knows there is another season, but if Andy Reid ends up at .500 or less, Reid better prepare to pack up. Lurie won’t have the patience, the money or the blindfold of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
- Eagles confirm Reid will coach again in 2012 (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- Eagles owner: Reid will return as coach in 2012 (espn.go.com)