BGN is blowing up with posts about Andy Reid needing to go. Am I mad about this season? Yes. Do I blame Reid? To an extent. I blame Reid for hiring Castillo, I blame Reid for refusing to give Shady the ball, and I blame him for his overall playcalling. But if you like at this franchise since Reid took over you can not simply let him go, and even if I did think it was his time to go it is not going to happen.
Ashley Fox of ESPN (former Philadelphia writer) puts it like this:
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie likes Reid and the setup he has in the front office. Reid is the executive vice president of football operations, which means he allegedly controls all football decisions. Team president Joe Banner is the cap guru who makes the contracts work. And Howie Roseman, the team's young general manager, is Banner's apprentice.
Egos and personalities being what they are, the Reid-Banner-Roseman union is far from a perfect partnership, but it is symbiotic, and from Lurie's perspective, it works. Lurie's leadership style is to trust his people to do the jobs he pays them handsomely to do, and he generally butts out.
Other reasons Ashley cites are Reid's outstanding win-loss record since taking over as Eagles coach, the team's investment in quarterback Michael Vick (as well as Vick's close relationship and complete trust in Reid) and the not-insignificant fact that Reid is signed through 2013. Ashley says she believes Lurie would like to win a Super Bowl, but all indications are that Lurie is level-headed enough to understand that it's more important to have a team that consistently puts itself in position to make the playoffs and have a chance of winning it all. Reid has surely done that, even if the end result has not been as ultimately satisfying as he, Lurie or we might like.
This season sucked, with this much talent it is unfathomable that this team is out of it before Thanksgiving. But one dud of a season (I'm exempting the post Super Bowl Season because of the T.O. hysteria and the fact that Mike McMahon was our quarterback), is not worth firing Andy Reid.
His coaching style needs to change, and failure is not an option next year, or I will be right will all of you calling for his head. But for now, there's no point. Cleaning house will do nothing to help this teams chances, and is unrealistic to even think so. Juan Castillo needs to leave though.
Let's all just root for LeSean to win the rushing title, then focus on what this team needs to do in the offseason.