A recent article in Sporting News lists Andy Reid as a coach on the hot seat entering the 2008 season. A local radio show had callers vote Reid as one of the worst coaches in the city of Philadelphia.
Is it time to replace Andy Reid? Three players show why the answer is no: Doug Pederson, Mike McMahon, and A.J. Feeley.
Three journeymen quarterbacks who struggled to be even a No. 3 quarterback in the NFL.
In his nine seasons as Head Coach of the Eagles, Reid has failed to post a winning record only three times. The remaining six years were all playoff seasons. This also equates to Reid never missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons (a good sign for 2008).
In 1999 the Eagles finished 5-11. Quarterbacking the team that year for the first nine games was Doug Pederson. Prior to his stint with the Eagles, Pederson had made zero career starts and completed 28 passes in four years.
In 2005 the Eagles finished 6-10. Quarterbacking the team after McNabb went down with an injury was Mike McMahon, the same McMahon that was recently cut from the Canadian Football League.
In 2007 the Eagles finished 8-8. During games against the Seahawks and the Patriots the Eagles starting quarterback was A.J. Feeley. In three games Feeley threw eight interceptions.
Outside of these three seasons, Reid has coached on an elite level matched by only a few. Could any coach win with these three quarterbacks playing a significant role during a season? It is doubtful.
How many championships did Belichick win without Brady? Remember Belichick’s tenure as coach of the Browns?
Overall Reid has posted a regular season record of 88-56. That is a .611 winning percentage and a whopping 32 games over .500. In the playoffs Reid’s record is 8-6, a .571 winning percentage.
The records led to five NFC East division titles, one NFC Championship title, and one Super Bowl Berth.
Big Andy has yet to win the Big Game and in Philadelphia that is what matters most. But year after year the Eagles are always positioned to make a championship run. 2008 should be no different.
And yes, Reid does have his shortcomings. He tends to shy away from the run too often and his clock management skills could use an overhaul.
In the larger picture, Reid has delivered where it has mattered most, the win column. This is something that his predecessors could not do. Remember Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, and Buddy Ryan. How many NFC Championship games did they get to? Four less than Reid, or zero.