It could not have been easy for the Eagles brass to let their longtime coach go, but it was the right move.
Reid, who led the Eagles to four straight NFC championship appearances from 2000-2004, was never quite able to deliver a Super Bowl title in Philly. But he consistently had the Eagles at or near the top of the NFC standings.
However, that all changed two years ago when the Eagles went on an offseason spending spree and put together a "dream team."
A dream that never quite managed to reach fruition.
Philadelphia went 8-8 in the first year of the experiment. It wasn’t great, but a late-season push by the team kept Reid off the hot seat, at least until this year.
And it didn't take long in 2012 for that seat to start smoking.
The Eagles started out 3-1, but then a brutal seven-game losing skid derailed the Eagles’ season. That stretch included an abundance of injuries, a quarterback change and more turnovers than some apples.
Reid is a great coach, but he seemed to lose his team around that time, and no amount of damage control could change that.
The head coach, like a good solider, took all the blame. He never pointed a finger at his inconsistent quarterback, spotty defense—he just fired his coordinator instead— and he never used the Eagles' walking injury ward as an excuse.
Most coaches wouldn't overcome those obstacles, and as great as Reid is, he couldn't either. And it cost him his job.
This may seem unfair, but it's part of football. This is the second straight year in which his team has seemed to quit on him, or at least not play as hard as they could. And that's something that’s just not acceptable in football for a head coach.
It's a coach's responsibility to come up with a game plan and develop players, but above all, he has to have the ability to rally his team behind him.
Reid had it in the early 2000s, but it seems his message is no longer resonates in the "City of Brotherly Love."
It's a sad day. Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL, but it had to happen.
Reid lost his locker room. Because of that, he lost his job as well.
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