Unfortunately for Reid, the NFL's longest tenured coach, those whispers may start earlier this season. Thanks to the talent on the 2012 Eagles roster, people are going to expect success immediately.
One could argue that on paper, the Eagles are the most talented team heading into the fall. Vince Young's "dream team" gaffe last year may have been a year too early. On both offense and defense, Philly looks to have all the right parts in all the right places. You might even argue this is Reid's most talented team since his arrival in 1999.
Free agency and the draft have added both stars and depth to this already stacked roster. The two names that jump out most in that regard are middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans and rookie wide receiver Marvin McNutt, a 6th round steal.
Ryans will provide the defensive unit with leadership and stability it has lacked for a few seasons. His may have been one of the most underrated acquisitions during the offseason and his impact should be felt immediately.
McNutt was nothing short of a superstar in the Big Ten during much of his career at Iowa. Sliding to the 6th round wasn't a knock on him, but a testament to the strength of this year's wide receiver draft class. He is the ultimate possession receiver and red-zone threat, something the Eagles don't really have much of on their roster. I expect him to be on the field during every passing situation inside the 20-yard line.
Like all teams, the Eagles will encounter bumps in the road this season. Philadelphia fans and media need to keep in mind, before calling for Reid's head, that he is the most successful coach they've ever had. He has kept the Eagles relevant during his tenure in Philly, something that over twenty team's fans around the league would loved to have been during that time.
If all the pieces come together, this team could easily be making another appearance in February. My message to all of Philadelphia is that if for some reason they do not, before throwing him under the bus, consider your other options. Great head coaches are hard to come by.
Philadelphia has one. Don't forget that.