After finishing with an 8-8 record, some analysts, and fans, are calling for the Reid era to end. Missing the playoffs for two of the past three years, and coming in dead last in what is, arguably, the toughest division in the NFL. (if it is not, then it’s a close second to the AFC South) It is easy to see why people would think he is on the hot seat. This just isn’t the case with Reid.
Andy Reid is not only the best coach the Philadelphia Eagles have ever had, (his only flaw being the lack of championships), he is also one of the top coaches in the NFL. As far as the franchise goes, (according to philadelphiaeagles.com) Reid has a total of 96 wins, a .620 win percentage, making him the most winningest coach in franchise history. As far as the league goes, Reid is 16th all-time, and third among active coaches with at least 100 games coached. (Tony Dungy and Bill Belichick come in first and second)
Let’s not stop there though. Reid has the most playoff wins in franchise history with 8, while capturing the NFC East division title five times in six years. He coached the Eagles to four consecutive NFC Championship games, captured the NFC championship once, and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in 24 years. He has been named NFL Coach of the Year twice, in 2000 and 2002.
So why is Reid on the hot seat? Well, from my perspective, he’s not, but let us look at it from someone else’s point of view. Reid missed the playoffs two out of the past three years. The two years that he didn’t make it, the team only went 14-18, mostly because of mediocre offenses, and the reason for that was usually because of injury to franchise quarterback, Donovan McNabb. Another point made by those who think this is Reid’s make or break season, is that the Eagles made it to four NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance without a win. No parade down Broad Street, no ring, no trophy. Well, we’re all disappointed at this, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t get us a Super Bowl win. Bill Cowher had a similar circumstance in Pittsburg, until he finally won the big one in 2005.
Reid has been the best thing to happen to the Eagles, period. He brought in possible future hall of famer, Donovan McNabb. Not to mention, he has had some of the best drafts in all of my years as an Eagles fan. He has found gems like DE Trent Cole in the 5th round, (12.5 sacks and his first pro-bowl last year), Brian Westbrook in the third round, (who is now one of the top three running backs in the league, and possibly the most dangerous player on the field), and Stewart Bradley in the 3rd, who we hope will live up to the expectations we have of him after the game against the Saints last year. (He became the first rookie to get his first interception and first sack in his first career start.)
He has also brought in big first day bangs, such as, QB Donovan McNabb, G Shawn Andrews, and CB Lito Sheppard. Reid has put together one of the best teams in the league, and it is only a matter of time until he gets us our first Super Bowl title. He has done everything to turn the Eagles from constant losers into perennial winners. He deserves the chance to take this team back to the Promised Land, and he’s earned the right to do it without us calling for his resignation.