In the results-driven nature of the NFL business, the Eagles don't seem to be responding to their longtime coach.
Even an involuntary change at QB from Michael Vick—who left the game with a concussion—to rookie Nick Foles didn't help matters against the similarly struggling Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The 38-23 loss to their bitter rival may proved to be the last straw.
An already volatile fan base in Philly has been highly critical of Reid, particularly in the past season and a half. Talk of a "Dream Team"—overblown by the media, no doubt—and high expectations thanks to a talented roster filled with marquee free agents haven't translated to victories.
Prior to the game, SportsCenter's official Twitter account captured the frustration vented by some Eagles fans:
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Another report by Jim Corbett of the USA TODAY further fortified the notion of fan disdain for Reid. Multiple members of the Philly faithful expressed sentiment that Reid's days are numbered because of a lack of championship rings.
Since Reid took over in 1999, the Eagles have gotten to the NFC Championship game a lot—including four consecutive years from 2001 to 2004—but have only advanced to football's biggest stage once, losing Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots
It's been a difficult year for Reid, who has endured not only a tumultuous season on the field but had to deal with the sudden passing of his son during training camp.
As much fire as he's under for his coaching ability, the fact that Reid is even roaming the sidelines at this point is rather valiant.
Reid wouldn't be on the sideline if he didn't think he was capable, but that's at least something to factor in to the big picture regardless.
Furthermore, not all of the blame can rest squarely on the coach for all the turnovers the Eagles have committed deep in opponents' territory, or even the inconsistency of the defense. But generally, sloppy play and continuous mental mistakes are always traced back to the man in charge, and that has been characteristic of his teams lately.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie did unleash an ultimatum (h/t John McCaffery of the Daily Times), stating that 8-8 would not be an acceptable record, and that significant changes would come should that be the case with this year's team.
That appears to be inevitable, considering the Eagles could only afford to lose one more the rest of the way to salvage a winning record.
The only ray of hope is that the New York Giants have left the door to the East divisional race slightly ajar with a nightmarish past couple of weeks.
The Eagles have a ton to fix before they can even think about the playoffs, though.
Contention seems somewhat unrealistic in a stacked, extremely competitive NFC, should Philly not win the division. So does the notion that Reid's job status will be safe this offseason—or even beyond this coming week.
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