5 Reasons the Philadelphia Eagles Will Never Win a Super Bowl Under Andy Reid
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Being a die-hard Eagles and Philly sports fan all of my life, writing this article pains me just as much as it pains the rest of Eagles Nation.
Each year, we keep coming back with the hope that this year will somehow be different, and time and time again the results are the same. Here are the top five reasons why the Eagles will never win a super bowl under Porky Pig (i.e. Andy Reid)
Run, Pass Ratio
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Everyone knows by now that Andy Reid's philosiphy is this: Big Play, Big Play, Big Play!
For ten years we were forced to watch Donovan McNabb drop back to pass and the ball drive into the dirt. From that first pass of the game we all could see that this would be an off-game for D-Mac. Everyone could see this except for Andy.
Us fans were forced to sit helplessly as pass after pass was called and defenses teed off because of no run-threat. We were lucky to have Brian Westbrook be one of the most dangerous running backs in all of football for nearly a decade, and now Lesean McCoy and his hefty 5.3 YPC.
But the question remains: Will he ever reach his true potential when touching the ball 10-12 times a game? Take a look at the NFC and AFC championship games and you saw four teams that were built for January football. Big, tough teams that force defenses to play the run, and stick with that philosophy even when it is not successful.
Philadelphia will forever be starved of a tough, blue-collar team as long as Andy is calling the shots. A 60-40 pass-run ratio just does not cut it.
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Victor Abiamiri, Jerome McDougle, Lorenzo Booker, Freddie Mitchell.....the list goes on and on of undersized players drafted within the first three rounds, taken by Reid. In some cases they were told to change positions.
Sure, Reid got lucky a few times (Desean, McCoy, Maclin), but in eleven years, even a squirrel finds a nut.
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All Eagles fans know where I'm headed with this one. Comcast Sportsnet and ESPN might as well have taped Andy Reid's first press conference and played it after each devestating loss that follows every year.
"I need to do a better job."
How many jobs are out there where you can consistently be out-coached in the biggest of games (Mike Sherman-Green Bay) and say that you need to do a better job, and keep receiving contract extensions? The lack of respect for Philadelphia fans who follow the team every day deserve much better than "I need to do a better job."
How many more years is it going to take him to do a better job?
Andy Reid Is the Best Coach In Football
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"Just look at his record, be happy you're not the Detroit Lions."
There is a perception out there that any person that comes into town will automatically turn this team into the Buffalo Bills.
Lets remember people that Andy Reid was a no-namer that was handed the job and turned a dwellar-cellar into a perennial contender...for the playoffs. We have seen the same, tired old show play out for far too long and each season we all know what the end result will be with the guy, so why not give someone else a shot?
The Eagles mantra of getting into the playoffs and then 'seeing what happens' is simply not good enough for someone who calls themselves the, "Gold standard;" and certainly not good enough for what Forbes magazine called, "The most loyal fans in the NFL, based on attendance variance and ticket sale waiting lists."
They Had Their Chances and They Blew It
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The above headline pretty much says it all.
Andy's supporters point to his five NFC Championships, but do they point to his 1-4 record in those games?
How about that they were FAVORED to win in four of those five games?!
If you're favored to win, there is a reason you are favored. What Vegas did not seem to count on was the Andy Reid factor: Poor clock management, wasted time-outs, challenges and poor play-calling all led to those defeats. Andy has showed time and time again that he will always have the Eagles in contention but will never reach the ultimate goal.
Philadelphia is teased year after year like a high school guy that is dating a girl that is way too hot for him. We will not be teased anymore. We will still show up for summer camp bright and early. We will still buy every piece of merchandise you can fit an Eagle on, but we will not be silenced. The best fans in America deserve a super bowl, and we will not stop until we get it.