WHAT WILL NEXT WEEK BRING?
NOW when I said all of this (except point #1) everyone thought it was me being delusional. Granted this guy may be just as delusional, but he's also a guy who gets paid to do this, gets access to the sources and information we don't, and he's saying a bunch of stuff you all have read before, right here.
I'll just cut and paste an excerpt and the link to his entire article, (for those of you who would think I only included the parts that support my own viewpoint). Enjoy.
Here are five reasons why Lurie could keep Reid for one more year:
1. Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013. That's a lot of money to pay a guy to go away. Sure, the Eagles have missed the playoffs two years in a row. But Reid is the winningest coach in franchise history. Nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss is quite a resume.
2. A slew of injuries never allowed the Eagles to get in a rhythm on offense. The four best players - quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and left tackle Jason Peters - missed a combined 31 games. Center Jason Kelce missed the last 14 games, and Evan Mathis was the only lineman not to miss any. Though some players were hurt after the team started its slide, losing these key players didn't give Philadelphia much of a chance to bounce back.
3. The Eagles had too much turmoil on defense. Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo after six games. The decision to move Castillo from offensive-line coach to defense in 2011 was Reid's biggest mistake. But the defense struggled terribly after Castillo was dismissed. It wasn't until defensive-line coach Jim Washburn was fired with four games remaining that the defense started making progress under new coordinator Todd Bowles.
4. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles and rookie running back Bryce Brown were bright spots on offense in a dismal season. Reid made his mark in the NFL by helping develop Brett Favre in Green Bay. He drafted and turned Donovan McNabb into a six-time Pro Bowl QB. So, he certainly knows quarterbacks. Foles would have to start fresh in a new system if Reid and his coaching staff are let go.
5. Reid has complete support in the locker room. No one on the roster has said a negative word about the coach and any player asked says he wants him back.
This already was a tough year for Reid before the Eagles even started playing games that count. Reid endured a devastating loss just weeks before the season opener when his oldest son, Garrett Reid, died during training camp after a long battle with drug addiction.
Lurie said that wouldn't factor into his decision.
"You are there to win and win big and you have to separate the two. All of the analysis will be on Andy Reid the coach," Lurie said.
Still, it's difficult to imagine a personal tragedy of that magnitude didn't even affect Reid's coaching. Lurie and Reid have had a close working relationship throughout their 14 seasons together.
Maybe Lurie lets Reid finish out his contract. It may cause a riot among the fans, but the city loves its Eagles and the stadium is always full.
Oh and here's that link I promised you: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/20445927/maybe-andy-reid-isnt-going-anywhere
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