Donovan McNabb Is Gone...So, Andy Reid, Why Are You Still Here?

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIOctober 7, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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This may anger some of you, but hopefully not as much as me cutting up Donovan McNabb.

Look, I'll be the first to admit that Andy Reid was an excellent coach in his first five to six years here. As Eagles fans, we enjoyed overwhelming success year in and year out...except no Super Bowl.

Last season, I was sure that Reid was on the hot seat and his contract wouldn't be extended. Well, I thought wrong. Good ol' Jeff Lurie extended Reid three years until 2013.

Honestly, what does a guy like Jeffrey Lurie know about football anyway? Eh, whatever, I won't go there.

These past couple of years have been dreadful for Big Red. Reid has looked stagnant on the field. He seems as though he is losing interest in coaching. The delay of game error in Week 4 proved my theory correct.

How many times have we seen the Eagles mismanage the clock? Too many to count. Timeouts are being taken with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles just aren't playing smart football. The offensive line (Reid's forte) looks as if it has completely fallen apart.

I will be the first to admit that I am not a McNabb supporter. However, I now see that McNabb was not the whole problem. I am certain not saying Donovan's play is superior, but look at what Donovan has in Washington. If Reid was coaching the Redskins last Sunday, they could have easily lost that game.

Mike Shanahan must play Madden because he realizes that in order to run the clock down, you must run the football and manage your timeouts. Reid simply does not know how to close out football games the correct way.

Reid and McNabb were tight in Philly. They were like brothers until the end. Reid came to Philly and drafted his franchise quarterback. That bond is one that is simply unbreakable. Now that Donovan is gone, it's as if Reid lost his prized volleyball (see Castaway). 

Maybe it's time for Andy to step away. I say this carefully because knowing the Eagles' ownership, they'll appoint Marty Mornhinweg as head coach. That would be Armageddon.