Waking up on this Sunday morning was unlike any other. The Eagles are done. Their loss on Thursday night to a weak Seattle Seahawks team all but sealed the deal that they will be watching the playoffs from home. All of us in Philadelphia have had enough. Here is our letter to Eagles ownership.
Dear Jeffrey Lurie,
As a business man, you have some difficult decisions to make in the near future. No one is questioning that. Fans understand this is a business, and we also understand that businesses are not easy to run.
This season has been a disappointment any way you look at it. In the offseason, the team brought in big names and talented players to form the self-dubbed "dream team". We all bought in. We wanted to believe that this season would be different. Unfortunately, things don't always work out the way we want them to.
For 13 years we have gone through ups and downs with the Andy Reid regime. There is no debating that there has been more positives than negatives, but it is not enough. At the end of the day, this city wants championships, and as a business owner, I know that is what you want as well. This is not about Andy Reid versus the city of Philadelphia. This is about a regime and a style that has gone stale.
We appreciate what Andy has done for this team. He took us out of the Ray Rhodes and Bobby Hoying era, and put this team back on the map. We were in contention every year. Quality coaches get fired and franchises move on. After all, this is a business. Fans want to believe, and as you know, this city is all about passion. We want to be rejuvenated, and it starts at the top. The blame for this horrific season is not all on Andy Reid, but as he says, "he puts people in position to succeed", or in this case, to fail.
With the team out of playoff contention, fans are trying to figure out what is next? Are we going to go into next year with the same leader who players have clearly become too comfortable with? We can't. It's time for a change. We all know what needs to be done. Another year of hearing "I have to do a better job as a head football coach" will not cut it.
At the end of the day, changes have to be made. It is not all Andy's fault, but people become too comfortable and start tuning out the same voice after long periods of time. We appreciate the Eagles spending money in the offseason and putting quality players on the roster, but now it is time to give these players new guidance and a fresh voice.
We want to see someone fired up, someone passionate, players angry, and we are not seeing any of that from anyone associated with this team.
The majority of fans think of guys like Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins when they think of the Andy Reid coaching era. They are no longer here, and Andy's time has come as well.
The time has come. Let's stand up, thank Andy for what he has done for this franchise, and move on.