Andy Reid Hot Seat Update: Gauging Eagles Coach's Job Security After Week 9
Despite a valiant comeback effort in the third quarter, the Eagles left New Orleans with a 28-13 loss to the Saints, pushing them to 3-5 and farther away from playoff contention in the NFC.
That hot seat has only gotten hotter after their loss to New Orleans. The Eagles' offense was able to gain 447 total yards, but only had 13 points on the board to show for it despite playing against one of the worst defenses of all time.
At times during the contest, the Eagles reeked of desperation, which included a botched trick play on a kickoff. The offense was sloppy and failed to score in the red zone, and for the most part, the players just couldn't execute when they needed to.
This isn't just a Michael Vick problem (but he is a big part of it)—it's a team problem. One bright spot was Philadelphia's ability to run the ball, as it managed to gain 221 yards rushing between LeSean McCoy, Vick and Bryce Brown.
Despite the overall production, the Eagles continued to have problems with turnovers, with Vick throwing an interception in the first half (returned for a touchdown) and Brent Celek fumbling the ball in the fourth quarter.
Will Andy Reid be back in 2013?
Reid's job security is very low at this point in the season. His team's next five games include two against the equally desperate Dallas Cowboys, plus a road game against the surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the 2012 season is salvageable, the Eagles will likely have to clinch a now-improbable playoff spot in order for Reid to save his job.
Reid knew that he would have to make the postseason in order to remain in Philadelphia, as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did state prior to the season: "I really wanted to try to explain to you that 8-8 was unacceptable" (h/t The Philadelphia Inquirer).
"We certainly wouldn't be satisfied with 8-8. We're striving for better than that. I think that's the important thing...I'm not worried about that. I understand the business. I have a great relationship with Jeffrey, so we go play," Reid said in response to Lurie's comment.
Great relationship or not, the hot seat is only getting hotter for Reid.
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