Usually I'm with Route36 100% on his posts but a couple of things jump out at me about his The Case for Andy Readi's firing. I'm neither Reid apologist nor Andy hater, just an Eagles fan starving for a damn superbowl win.
But like I said a couple of things jumped out at me:
1. He's hinging an awful lot on a loss to a Seahawks team that has largely beaten the teams it's supposed to have beaten and some that they weren't ( i. .e the Ravens and the Giants). I'm not saying that they're the cream of the NFL...but they're not the Rams or Colts.
2. As to Reid's record not being fabulous after 6 years, I don't follow this one either. I see a guy who's only posted a season of .500 or lower in 4 of 13 years...including this dismal one. I see a guy who's got 80 wins and 49 losses since the '04 season. A win rate of 62% ( if we win out this season) isn't exactly hang-yourself-and-kick-the-chair-out bad. Also, guiding your team into seven playoff games during that same span has got to count for something right?
3. Castillo a failure? Already?. One could make a strong arguement that it's natural for a new DC to struggle initially as he acclimates into his new position. One could also argue that he's been one of the hottest DC's in the league for the latter third of the season. We've seen Castillo's downside, but considering he's operating under a strike shortened year and had to incorporate Nnamdi AND Washburn's brand new philosophy into his system, have we truly seen how high of a ceiling the guy has? I can't call it, but I'm thinking the jury's still out on this one.
4. The odds against Reid are trivial in truest sense of the word. At the end of the day, you play to win games (Hello?!). Also, If I were playing a game of "taboo" and someone said "Vermeil, Landry, and Cowher" my guess would be "Great Coaches". Lots of fun can be had with stats. Like for instance there's been 10 different super bowl winning coaches in the 12 seasons since 2000, and of them 40% have been with there teams for 8 years or longer. I'm thinking that if I were playing a game of taboo and someone said their names ( Belichick, Cowher, Dungy, and Coughlin) I'd probably still guess "great coaches" although Tom would throw me off some.
I'm not an Andy Reid fan, I'd like a more aggressive hard nosed coach. Stylistically, I'd love for Washburn to run the D line, Jim Johnson to run the defense, and Mike Tomlin to be our HC. However even I acknowledge that until Reid stops consistently winning, I don't really have much of an argument. Getting rid of Reid would be easy if he was mediocre and dead simple if he was horrible. He's not either and you know what else he's not? He's (as hard as it is for me to say it) not going to be fired until he wins a superbowl or Lurie sells the team.