The Philadelphia Eagles went just 8-8 in 2011, despite preseason expectations that the team would contend for a Super Bowl title. With Andy Reid signed just through the ’13 season, many thought he might enter 2012 on the hot seat rather instead of bringing him back as a lame duck for his final year.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie called the season extremely disappointing and “completely unacceptable,” although he did say that Reid would absolutely return for the 2012 season. Several weeks ago, reports emerged from Philly.com’s Jeff McLane and Zach Berman that Reid’s agent said Lurie has always maintained “as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid would be his coach.”
That seemed to offer Reid job security, but now Lurie has said if Reid does not take the Eagles to a record of better than 8-8, he would not be back for ’13.
The Eagles enter 2012 once again as strong contenders in the NFC, as they completed a phenomenal offseason that saw them re-sign or extend key players in DeSean Jackson, Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis, Trent Cole, and LeSean McCoy, while trading for Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans and drafting quality pieces of the puzzle in Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Nick Foles, and Brandon Boykin.
The New York Giants are coming off a Super Bowl title, which probably makes them the favorite in the NFC East, but the Eagles have a defensive line to rival that of the Giants and they’re probably a more complete football team.
Reid has done a tremendous amount since taking over the Eagles—he’s taken the Eagles to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons, he’s been to five conference championship games, and he came within one score of winning a Super Bowl against a team that won three in four years. But it may all come down to this season if he wants to stay in Philly.