Of course, it's Juan Castillo's fault, right? That's what Reid would have you believe.
Reid said he was going to take his time going into this bye week. He was going to evaluate everyone and everything very meticulously.
And then within 20 hours of stating he was going to take his time to figure out analytically how to right the sinking ship that is the Philadelphia Eagles, he made defensive coordinator Castillo a scapegoat and slaughtered him to appease the football gods as well as the mob of fans calling for someone's head on a platter.
It was absolutely ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong, Castillo deserved to be fired—in February of 2012 not October 2012.
Truth be told, and this admittedly is not the most original thought in the world, he should never have been hired as defensive coordinator in the first place.
However, to fire Castillo now and think it fixes anything is absurd.
That being said, no one thinks it's going to fix anything, not even Reid. This is one gigantic diversion from the rot that is going on from the inside out with this team. Have you ever seen an Eagles team under Reid calling out coaches, blaming fellow players and snipping at the media like this one?
Hiring Castillo, an offensive-line coach, to be defensive coordinator was a huge mistake by Reid.
Come to think of it, hiring Washburn, who insists on running his Wide 9 defensive line philosophy independent to what the rest of the defense is doing before hiring a defensive coordinator was a huge mistake made by Reid.
Naming Vick, a streaky, inconsistent, aging, injury prone, turnover-prone player who has won all of two playoff games in his career the Eagles' franchise quarterback and signing him to a ludicrous six-year, $100-million deal was a huge mistake made by Reid.
Vick's apologists, and there are way too many of those in this town, will tell you no one can succeed behind this ragtag offensive line. Well, its hard to argue against a negative like that, but I'd wager that an elite, accurate quarterback with great timing and who can pick up the blitz (all things Vick does not possess) would be able to do a better job at least.
Vick supporters also argue (as Vick himself has said) despite the turnovers he's put the team in position to win and against the Steelers and Lions the defense folded.
Okay, then again maybe the defense is tired come the fourth quarter because it has to keep running out on the field every time butterfingers fumbles the football or throws it to the other team.
Also, against the Lions Vick had two opportunities to win the game for the Eagles.
All they needed was a first down to run out the clock on their last possession in the fourth quarter, and Vick had a third-down pass batted down at the line of scrimmage.
In overtime he got sacked twice—once when he almost fumbled the ball and once after he ran backwards toward the Eagles' end zone and got sacked at the 5-yard line, ultimately setting up a 4th-and-31.
Enough about Vick.
He's not good enough. Reid, on the advice of Donovan McNabb, gave Vick a shot to get back in the NFL, and then never took off his Rehabilitation Tinted Glasses to see the truth that Vick is, was and always will be an inconsistent turnover machine who can't read a defense and who has never won anything substantial in the NFL.
Reid also decided to reward DeSean Jackson's embarrassing behavior in 2011 with a brand new fat contract, believing that once Jackson got the money he spent a season pouting about he'd become an elite wide receiver.
Nope, didn't happen. Not yet at least, not with Vick throwing him the ball.
Reid put together this offensive line which had no depth so that once two of its members went down it became a sieve.
Reid gave Marty Mornhinweg the job as offensive coordinator in 2006.
Mornhinweg is an awful offensive coordinator who calls boneheaded plays in big situations you wouldn't see high school teams dial up. He also has an explosive running back that he doesn't utilize as much as he should.
The offense under Mornhinweg and Vick are ranked 31st in the NFL. Only the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars are worse. Yet, Mornhinweg and Vick still have their jobs.
Bobby April, another one of Reid's guys, was thought of as some sort of special-teams genius. The special teams for the Eagles...well, they're special alright.
Yet, April still has his job.
So, maybe it's not Castillo's fault and maybe it is.
Castillo was an awful defensive coordinator.
April's special teams hurt the team almost every time they take the field.
Vick is a mediocre quarterback at best, capable of dazzling big plays but more often than not will hurt the team with poor decisions and poor protection of the football.
Washburn's Wide 9 has been figured out by the NFL and is ineffective.
Mornhinweg is terrible at play-calling.
What one thing do all these people who are failing at their jobs have in common?