5 Signs Andy Reid Just Doesn't Care About Eagles Job Anymore
Philadelphia is 4-9 and sitting dead last in the bottom of the NFC East. The team is led by a rookie quarterback and has a horrific defense that has seen multiple coaches fired during the course of the season.
It's been a great run in Philadelphia for Reid, but even he appears nonchalant at the idea of losing his job. Perhaps he's tired. Maybe he wants to retire.
Or maybe Reid has his eyes set on greener pastures.
Let's run through a few signs that suggest Reid simply doesn't care about his job in Philadelphia anymore.
Reid's Handling of Nick Foles
Andy Reid has had an issue in Philadelphia for quite some time now. He absolutely refuses to run the ball despite the presence of some very talented running backs on the roster.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Reid has decided to let rookie Nick Foles throw the ball a ridiculous amount of times instead of coming with a balanced attack that keeps opposing defenses on their toes.
The most recent example? In Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Reid allowed Foles to throw the ball 51 times.
Yes, Reid allowed a third-round rookie to air it out 51 times, while only calling 13 running plays.
To be fair, Foles played well and the Eagles won, which means Reid will likely enjoy continuing to call a Madden-esque game the rest of the season before being canned.
Hiring and Firing of Juan Castillo
Andy Reid made a confusing decision when he decided to move offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator. The move clearly showed Reid had the wrong idea of what Castillo was capable of as a defensive mind.
Reid elected to then use Castillo as a scapegoat when the going got tough for the Eagles. Perhaps Reid wanted to finish out the season before getting fired.
Ironically enough, the Eagles defense has worsened without Castillo, which goes to show you Reid has lost touch with what works, or he truly just doesn't care anymore.
Moving Castillo in the first place wasn't a good idea, but canning him midseason was even worse.
Cutting Jason Babin
Sure, Jason Babin had been underwhelming so far in 2012 before Andy Reid decided to cut him, but it's not like the rest of the defensive line was playing much better.
In fact, Babin's struggles were a direct result of the idiotic "Wide 9" formation run by former defensive line coach Jim Washburn (who Reid made the right decision to fire recently).
Making matters worse for Reid in this scenario, he didn't even cut Babin face to face. Instead, Reid simply called Babin's cellphone and informed him of the news (h/t Chris Chase, USA Today):
One, any time you see Andy Reid come across your caller ID, you know (laughs) it's probably not a good thing.
But two, all I could do was -- almost -- I laughed. I was like, 'Alright, coach. if that's what you gotta do.' It just, I don't know, caught me off guard.
Reid is so out of touch with the job at this point that he cannot even take the proper measures to let his players know he is firing them.
Reid's Relation to the Dallas Cowboys
Recent reports have linked Andy Reid to the coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys (h/t Mark Eckel, NJ.com). The problem is, Reid still has his job with the Eagles, and the Cowboys haven't exactly parted ways with head coach Jason Garrett.
The reports mention that Reid may have interest in the coaching vacancy if it appears, and Reid hasn't exactly gone out of his way to shoot down the idea.
It's not unreasonable to think Reid has his eye on Dallas. He'd get along great with owner Jerry Jones, coach in a massive market, have an exceptional quarterback in Tony Romo and one of the more talented overall rosters in the NFL when healthy.
Reid having his eyes on the coaching job of a divisional rival sounds far-fetched, but NFL fans have seen similar or worse betrayals before.
While clearly not as big a deal as the aforementioned issues, something has to be said for Andy Reid's sudden lack of caring about personal appearance.
To be specific, Reid touted a horrifying shirt last week against Tampa Bay. Will Brinson caught the miscalculation perfectly on Twitter:
How could Andy Reid think wearing this shirt would be a good idea? yfrog.com/kkqf0nuxj— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) December 9, 2012
It's one thing for Reid to maybe not care about his job with the Eagles anymore, but it's another thing, maybe borderline offensive, for him to not care about how he goes out in public.