Who would have ever thought Andy Reid would end up “having” to win to keep his job?
Reid has been coach of the Philadelphia Eagles since 1999, and since 2001 he has also been the team's executive vice president of football operations.
During his tenure, Reid compiled the best win total (120), winning percentage (.609) and playoff victory total (10) in team history. He captured six division titles and five trips to the NFC Championship Game.
Since he was hired in 1999, no other franchise has earned more divisional playoff round appearances (seven), and only Bill Belichick's New England Patriots have matched Philadelphia in conference championship game appearances (five).
Unfortunately, for as great of a tenure Reid has had with the Philadelphia Eagles, it is no cakewalk in the city of brotherly love. The fans are known for being vicious and having no patience with a lack of winning.
The Eagles recently picked up some big-name players such as Michael Vick and Nnamdi Asomugha but failed to make the playoffs. Granted this is what most reasonable analysts projected due to the fact that this was their first year playing together along with a shortened preseason.
However, Vince Young dubbed the Eagles the “Dream Team” of the NFL, creating unnecessary hype for them. This put a huge amount of pressure on them to either make the Super Bowl or be considered wastes of money. But at the end of the season, the Eagles offense was ranked top 10 in both rushing and passing. Their defense was also ranked No. 10 and 16 against the pass and rush respectively.
This team has a tremendous amount of talent, and unfortunately for coach Andy Reid, if it does not start making some serious runs to and in the playoffs, his job may be at risk. This is too much money for management to be spending on players to see them fail in consecutive years.