Buying or Selling Andy Reid's Job Security After Eagles' Week 8 Loss

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Falcons defeated the Eagles 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Andy Reid's job is far from safe at the NFL's midseason mark.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-4 on the season—two games back of the New York Giants in the loss column—and have lost four of their last five games. This team could easily be 2-5 ,or even 1-6, at this point if they hadn't squeaked by the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens at the beginning of the season. 

Reid's decision to fire Juan Castillo after Week 6 proved to be nothing more than a publicity stunt to try and convince folks that the team was doing something to get better.

Here's a newsflash for you: It didn't work.

The Atlanta Falcons made the Eagles vaunted defense look like a junior varsity squad, as Matt Ryan connected for three early touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

Reid was the one who promoted Castillo—the former offensive line coach—to defensive coordinator last season, much to the dismay of just about every football analyst in the USA.

It was a true head-scratcher of a move.

The Eagles defense did come together and play well towards the end of last season, but hiring Castillo to be the leader of the defense was like hiring a Kia mechanic to fine-tune a Lamborghini. 

Then there's Reid's tendency to forget that his All-Pro running back, LeSean McCoy, exists for long stretches during games. So far in 2012, McCoy is only rushing the ball 18 times for 72 yards per game and has two rushing touchdowns. 

Vick has thrown the ball 266 times this season and has run the ball 48 times. That's 314 plays total. McCoy, on the other hand, has rushed the ball just 127 times and has caught 28 passes—a total of 155 touches. 

This pass-happy philosophy is getting Vick killed in the pocket and is causing him to turn the ball over at an unbelievable rate. All while one of the best running backs in the NFL is being ill-used for reasons that are unknown to me. 

It's clear that Reid is out of touch with what needs to happen with his team.

Firing Castillo was nothing more than a mini Band-Aid on a gaping wound, and the only thing that can truly heal this team is to start fresh with a new coach next season. 

The talent on the Eagles roster is undeniably top-rate, but these elite players need a new voice guiding them into 2013. 


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