Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 12/31/12

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles yells from the sidelines during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
The Andy Reid era of Eagles football is over in Philadelphia. Shortly after yesterday’s 42-7 beat down by the New York Giants, the reports began. CSNPhilly’s Ruben Frank was the first to report that Andy Reid had been informed late last week by owner Jeffrey Lurie that the Eagles would go in a new direction for a head coach. After 14 years, 7 division titles, 5 NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance, it’s all over. It’s not a shock that the winningest coach in the franchise’s history is being let go. Many have speculated about this moment for weeks, if not years. And whether you like the man or not, (for the record, I do) it’s hard to argue that it’s not time to make a change. The real shock was how many of Reid’s players, so many of whom have defended him and even openly lobbied for his return, rolled over and played dead when given the opportunity to send the coach out a winner. Andy Reid has made many mistakes over his tenure here. No one will dispute that. However, coaching was not responsible for the way a bunch of millionaire players played yesterday. In fact, the way the team responded to one last challenge in a season of failure, was a further indictment on the character and heart of this football team. Whether the players or the coach wanted to say it or not, the fact is that there was a complete and total lack of effort given yesterday. It was pathetic. Some will argue that Andy Reid chose these players who exhibited little character during this season, but at some point, a man has to step up and be a man. Regardless of pay, regardless of what has transpired during a long and grueling season. A real man digs deep and finds the effort necessary to send the winningest coach in Eagles history out the right way. The fact that very few players gave a worthy effort yesterday shows exactly why they finished 4-12 for the season. Andy Reid came to Philly in 1999. He was an unpopular choice at the time, but somehow managed to turn a team that went 3-13 in 1998 to a playoff team in two years. And from then on, he raised the bar of excellence. Sure, Reid fell short of his ultimate goal, but you can’t dispute what he did during his time in Philly. Andy Reid gave Philadelphia football back. He made the Eagles into perennial contenders and filled the stadium with worshipping fans. For me, Andy Reid’s legacy will be one of excellence. He raised the bar and has made it very difficult for the fans to accept the dreck that has been marched out on the field for the past two seasons. It is his own standard of excellence that was ultimately his undoing. Andy Reid will be fine. He’ll find another job just as soon as he wants to. It may not be the job he prefers, but he’ll find one in a heartbeat. He’s one of the best coaches in the NFL, the last two seasons notwithstanding. The question is will the Eagles be ok? The team is now left to the devices of Howie Roseman, who has proven exactly nothing in 3 years as GM, and Jeffrey Lurie, an owner who has long been able to rely on his best friend, Joe Banner and his very trusted head coach to make decisions like the ones ahead. He has no Banner now. And in a little while, he’ll have no Andy Reid. Lurie’s legacy will be judged by his next moves. While many rejoice Andy Reid’s dismissal, you may want to brace for what’s ahead. It may be much uglier than what’s behind. And it will all be judged by the standard of excellence that Andy Reid created. Similar Posts: Eagles’ Andy Reid deserves nothing but respect today, save brimstone and fire for two more weeks The Eagles final game of 2012, self imposed blackout Eagles have turned into a sideshow; time to blow it up Coaching with a concussion Andy Reid risks McCoy Andy Reid’s ending becoming a sad affair
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