How Andy Reid Is Proving Weekly That He Deserves to Be Fired

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles watches his team warm up before the start of the Eagles game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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There are problems abound with the current edition of the Philadelphia Eagles, and head coach Andy Reid continues to prove he deserves to be fired.

Reid has put a Band-Aid on the Eagles' woes with the firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, but the larger issue stems with himself.

"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." 

Clearly he is not taking full responsibility, and he can talk of wanting to play all out for four quarters, but his weekly decisions are largely to blame for the Eagles struggles.

Let's break down how Reid continues to warrant a firing:


Lack of offensive balance

Reid continues to give the majority of the workload to QB Michael Vick and watch as the signal-caller consistently loses fumbles, five of them already this season.

Reid may not be the one dropping the ball, but he could surely put it in the hands of running back LeSean McCoy more often. McCoy was given the ball just 14 times against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and has received 16 or fewer carries in three games this season.

Yes, McCoy gained only 22 yards when he was given the ball against the Lions, but it is hard to gain any momentum on the ground when carries are so sporadic.

Inability to perform in the clutch

Reid is the leader of this franchise, and yet he has been unable to deliver a football team that performs in the fourth quarter. 

Seven blown fourth-quarter leads in the last two years, and that includes each of the last two weeks.

The Eagles have a tendency to collapse when it matters most, and that has to fall squarely on the shoulders of the head coach.

The Eagles need confidence in the fourth quarter and a belief that the team is being put in the best position to win close games. Is that kind of faith currently in place with Andy Reid?



Andy Reid has been the head coach in Philadelphia since 1999 and has zero Lombardi trophies to show for it. That statistic may be cold, cruel and unkind, but it is also true.

At some point the time comes when a franchise needs a fresh start and a new beginning. The Reid era has seen nine playoff berths, but when there are no Super Bowl victories that fails to resonate. 

Vick and Reid have both been given ample opportunities to get the job done and the fact remains that they have failed.

At 3-3, are the Eagles true contenders for the title this season?

No, and Reid needs to be held accountable for Philadelphia's failures at some point.