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After 14 years, it’s time for the Philadelphia Eagles and Andy Reid and Co. to part ways.
It’s time now. I’ve long supported Andy Reid as a coach. I’ve had my issues with him, but in the end it always came down to who else was out there to take his place. But there are candidates and there also comes a point when change is necessary no matter what. The Eagles are there now.
I know there are a lot of people who want Bill Cowher in Philly to coach the Eagles, but he’s already been out of football for 6 seasons. That’s a long time, and makes you wonder if Cowher would even be relevant in today’s NFL.
There are also a bunch of people who want Jon Gruden to be the next coach of the Eagles. While Gruden has also won a Super Bowl, it was with a team that Tony Dungy had assembled and before you knew it, Gruden was run out of town. So I’m not sold on Gruden either.
The person I would love to see coach the Philadelphia Eagles is Brian Billick. Billick is another Super Bowl winning coach who’s been out of the game for a while, last coaching the Ravens in 2007. Billick, like Cowher was known as a disciplinarian who ran a tight ship during his tenure. The Eagles have talent, they need a coach who can focus them and get them to play disciplined football again. That used to be a hallmark of an Andy Reid coached team.
Outside of finding a replacement for Andy Reid, owner Jeffrey Lurie may also want to find a new GM. I can’t recall a worse drafting record in Eagles history than the one Howie Roseman has. Prior to this year’s draft, which is only so-so outside of Fletcher Cox so far, Roseman presided over two of the absolute worst drafts in Eagles history, where the team didn’t even wind up with a bona fide player. Brandon Graham has stepped up some but is still not what was expected and Danny Watkins has been a turnstile on the offensive line, throwing out one of his worst performances last week against the Lions.
The Eagles team is rife with talent. It’s coaches are supposed to be some of the best in football, but Howard Mudd’s offensive line has been exactly that — offensive. Bad. The wide 9 under defensive line coach Jim Washburn looked like it had some potential last year, but has failed to get consistent pressure on the QB. Some of that can be blamed on the players, some on the play calling of now defunct defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, but I would not say it’s been a rousing success. Let’s see what Todd Bowles can do with it now.
The moral of the story here is that after 14 years of doing the same things, Andy Reid and his regime’s success has faded. The Eagles didn’t make the playoffs last season and that appears to be in jeopardy thus far too. The Eagles haven’t won a playoff game since 2008, when the went to their fifth NFC Championship game under Reid. They, of course lost to an inferior Arizona Cardinals team and haven’t won a postseason game since.
At 3-3, it’s hard to say the season is over, but it’s harder still to see any bright spots and hope for better. The Eagles are mediocre. They are a middle of the pack team with a lot of talent and no apparent drive or plan to succeed. The time has come to make some changes. And more than just firing Juan Castillo, who should never have been in the job to begin with.
My vote is for Michael Vick and Marty Mornhinweg to head out next. Enough is enough.
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The Northampton county coroner announced on Thursday that Andy Reid's son Garrett died from an accidental heroin overdose in August.
Those that expected fired Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo to step to the microphone and call the team and it’s coach Andy Reid out, are going to be deeply disappointed.
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On Thursday came a reminder of the personal crisis facing Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid alongside his professional battle.Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek released his report on the death of Garrett Reid, 29, the coach’s eldest son. It was what the family expected and alluded to in their initial statement about the tragedy: an accidental heroin overdose. The...
Photo: Clem MurrayPhiladelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo ultimately became a victim of his own ambition. Because of his desire to advance up the coaching ladder, he desperately wanted a shot at being Andy Reid’s defensive coordinator.Once Reid fired Sean McDermott after the 2010 season, Castillo started putting a bug in Andy’s ear about taking over the defensive...
The coroner's report has come out in the death of the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Garrett Reid...
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, died in August of an accidental heroin...
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Today, we learned that Andy Reid's son, Garrett, died of an accidental heroin overdose when he passed a couple of months ago. Now, I'm not sure what an on-purpose heroin overdose would look like, but there's no reason to really spend more time on this life. The younger Reid made...
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