If the Philadelphia Eagles don't emerge from their 3-5 doldrums, coach Andy Reid is as good as gone, and with a long history of getting deep into the playoffs, Reid will be a hot commodity come January.
A likely landing spot for Reid is San Diego, where general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner face must-win years and are under-performing again.
San Diego would be an attractive option for Reid, who would be unlikely to take on a full rebuild. The Chargers have been at the top of their division for much of the last decade and have a franchise quarterback with several good years left in him in Philip Rivers.
And Reid, a native of Southern California, owns a home on the beach in the San Diego area and is very fond of the area.
Reid should be equally attractive to Chargers brass, with a career record of 129-86, and five NFC Championship appearances between 2001 and 2008.
His team has made the playoffs nine times in 13 years and the former quarterbacks coach has consistently coaxed solid performances out of unconventional quarterbacks—perhaps he'd like a shot at working with a classic drop-back passer like Rivers.
The Chargers, it's believed, will go in another direction this year if Turner does not get them deep into the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when San Diego went to the AFC Championship game, only to lose to the then-undefeated New England Patriots.
Reid is a solid choice for San Diego, should Turner be banished after the season.
But he is not without weakness.
Reid, like Turner, has often been criticized for being loyal to a fault with "his guys", while complacency and a reluctance to rock the boat in San Diego has been a point of criticism over the years.
Reid, in recent years, has done less with more in Philadelphia, a team stacked with play-makers at the skill positions yet infamously poor in the clutch.
Beyond the quarterback position, which arguably favors San Diego, the Chargers don't have the firepower on offense that the Eagles currently boast.
Still, Reid makes sense in San Diego, where ownership has proven it will go out and get the talent it needs to win, yet has failed to make that talent gel on the field.
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