Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Reasons Andy Reid Should Be Fired This Season
The Philadelphia Eagles are off to another rough start. After going 3-1, the Eagles have blown two straight fourth-quarter leads and head into their bye week 3-3.
With the Eagles sitting at .500, the question arises—should Andy Reid be fired?
Changes have already begun in Philadelphia. Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo early Tuesday afternoon.
"I put Juan in this situation and things didn't work out the way I had hoped," Reid said to ESPN. "I take full responsibility for putting him in that situation."
Castillo moved to defensive coordinator after 13 seasons as offensive line coach, a decision of Reid's that was heavily criticized.
However, many would say that the defense isn’t even the main problem. The offense is only averaging 17.2 points per game, 31st in the league, and the defense can’t stop anyone in the fourth quarter.
Could more changes be on the way if the Eagles go 3-5 or 3-6?
Here are three reasons why one of those changes should be the firing of Reid.
1. Too Many Turnovers
Quarterback Mike Vick is turning the ball over too often, especially in the red zone.
Vick was hit from behind by Kerry Rhodes and fumbled the ball at the Arizona Cardinals’ 7-yard line, a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in Week 3. In the Week 5 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vick fumbled in the end zone and the Steelers recovered it for a touchback.
He has five lost fumbles after losing only four in all of 2011.
Vick is also throwing too many interceptions. He has eight in six games after having had 14 all of last season.
Although Andy Reid isn’t responsible for Vick's on-field mistakes, he did bring Vick to Philadelphia. Vick is Reid's guy.
Despite having All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy at his disposal, Reid only handed the ball to him 14 times in last week's loss to the Detroit Lions. Giving McCoy more carries would allow Vick to throw more and run less.
If Vick and the rest of the Eagles' offense continue to turn the ball over, Reid will be lucky to make it into January as the head coach.
2. Blown 4th-Quarter Leads
One of the Eagles' biggest failures last season was their inability to protect a lead in the fourth quarter. They blew leads in three straight games to fall to 1-3, falling to the Falcons, Giants and 49ers.
There were two similar collapses against the Bears and Cardinals.
Jump to this season and things haven’t changed.
The Eagles had a one-point lead against the Steelers when Ben Roethlisberger took over with 6:33 left in the game. He drove the Steelers 46 yards to set up a game-winning 34-yard field goal.
The next week, the Eagles twice had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions. But in the final 5:18 of regulation, the Lions scored 10 straight points to force overtime. Then, after Michael Vick was sacked twice, the Eagles were forced to punt, and Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal to end the game.
In 22 games, from the beginning of 2011 to now, the Eagles have blown seven fourth-quarter leads.
Andy Reid can’t be out on the field with the defense. However, he and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles must come up with a new plan because the wide-nine scheme isn’t working, especially not late in games.
3. No Super Bowl Win
In 13 years as head coach, Andy Reid has led the Eagles to the playoffs in nine seasons, including five straight from 2000-2004.
In those playoff appearances, the Eagles made five trips to the NFC Championship game and one to the Super Bowl.
In Reid’s only Super Bowl at the end of the 2004-05 season, the Eagles lost 24-21 to the New England Patriots.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said another 8-8 season this year will be unacceptable. After missing the playoffs last year, the Eagles are looking to get back to the postseason.
According to NFL.com, Lurie said at a news conference, “We need substantial improvement. We have a very good team on paper.”
An first-round playoff exit like they had in 2009 and 2010 won’t be acceptable, either.
In order for Reid to keep his job, it looks like it will be Super Bowl or bust for the Eagles this season.
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