Andy Reid may have been the biggest name to get the axe as part of a historic “Black Monday” in the NFL, a frenzy of firing that landed seven head coaches in the unemployment line and the same number of organizations looking for new blood.
The Philadelphia Eagles made the tough decision after a second straight season without a playoff appearance, which was unacceptable given the talent surrounding the HC. Reid lasted 14 years and went 130-93-1 during his tenure with the franchise.
However, just because Reid was let go from his post in Philly doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in continuing his career elsewhere.
According to ESPN.com news services, Reid has already gone on the record to say he wants to coach in 2013. Fortunately for him, there is going to be a lot of interest.
Aside from Philadelphia, there are six other openings around the league, and the longtime coach makes an intriguing candidate to fill almost every single one of them.
There will be interviews taking place in the near future for the San Diego, Buffalo, Chicago, Arizona, Cleveland and Kansas City jobs, and Reid is already a person of interest for at least one of the gigs.
As per Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports, the Cardinals plan to bring in Reid to discuss the opportunity that Ken Whisenhunt’s firing opened up. It would be an interesting hire, as the team does not yet have a GM.
so,Horton, Reid and McCoy will be interviewed by #azcardinals. There will be others but those are names Bidwill felt comfortable mention— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 31, 2012
This could mean that Reid is interested in adding the general manager duties into his potential role with the team, or at least try and garner a significant amount of control concerning personnel decisions.
Being given a big contract and GM power would likely be enticing enough for the former Eagles HC to take his talents to the desert.
However, we do not believe that Arizona ownership will forfeit that much in exchange for a man that was recently fired for woefully underperforming.
This is why we predict Reid will land with the Chargers, a team that gave Norv Turner a pink slip on Monday.
Where will Reid end up?
Reid is a Southern California native and would be a perfect fit for the team nearest his hometown of Los Angeles.
As an offensive-minded coach, he would help bolster the slumping Bolts, while re-energizing Philip Rivers and the core of talented receivers in San Diego. Ryan Mathews would also factor in heavily and could finally reach his potential.
The pieces are in place, as GM A.J. Smith was also told to take a hike, so this call would be the Chargers ownership.
It’ll be interesting to see if they elect to bring Reid in (we think they will) and offer him a job (we believe there is a good chance).