Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 6/21/14

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 15: Andy Reid head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles points to his defensive line as he yells instructions against the San Diego Chargers late in the fourth quarter during the NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on November 15, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

There is no question that after falling to 1-3 after an offseason in which ownership was clear that it was "all-in", a message has to be sent.

While fans will run to the NovaCare Complex with pitch forks following today's 24-23 collapse against the San Francisco 49ers, the time to fire Andy Reid is not now.

Emotion is high, but running a football team on emotion is not how franchises win in the NFL. Firing Andy Reid is not the way to go after today's loss. 

That does not, however, mean that if the team falls to 1-5 going into the Bye Week, a switch would not then be needed.

But right now, with 12 games to go and the team- whether they are playing like it right now or not- still in playoff contention, firing Reid is premature and to risky.

Lets not forget that despite how the fans feel about him ,Reid is the coach that brought Michael Vick in and made him what he is now. The players love Reid, and they love how he stands up there at the podium and takes the heat for them. It may make the fans happy, but it is what gives this team a chance to rebound from this horrific start.

Does a message need to be sent? Absolutely. But to send that message, cut Ronnie Brown, the player who threw the game away in the first half. He has under performed since he got here, and would send a sign that all of the preseason hype means nothing now.

But getting rid of Reid with 12 games to go is a mistake. He may have lost 3 games in a row, he may have lost the fans, and his treatment of the media sure has made him lose the PR batle- but he has not lost this team.

The season is going bad, but it is not over. If the Eagles don't make the playoffs, then the time will come to decide if Reid should go.

But to the fans that want Reid gone now, take a step back from the ledge. John Gruden will not make this team tackle better. The Eagles need a coach that can keep the ship afloat, and not let it sink with rash moves and emotional decisions.

And whether fans like it or not, that coach is Reid.

At least for now. 

Follow Buzz on Broad Eagles Beat Writer Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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1 Comment:
  • Reid has to go. He only won the last 13 years in a very weak division. he is like the big ten winner. kick ass against div rivals and lose to the good teams in the end. ooops looks like another wait till next yr year

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