Andy Reid: Reiding Into the Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach's Departure Too Soon?

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIIFebruary 7, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Many Facebook, Twitter and blog posts have erupted over the past 24 hours about the possibility of Andy Reid moving into a team president-type role (a la Mike Holmgren), but Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced that the claims are false.

Can you really blame these fans for putting the news out that Andy was gone?

They have been waiting for a good three to four years now, and I'm sure many articles have been saved on Microsoft Word for when the day does happen.

The fact remains that Andy Reid has shown every year that his poor clock management, refusal to run the ball and failure to be open with Eagles Nation are no longer acceptable.

How much longer do we keep tightening the leash before we decide to go in a different direction?

Many people out there have this idea that "Andy Reid is a good coach, and be careful what you wish for." If we get rid of Andy Reid, we will automatically turn into the Buffalo Bills.

Andy Reid is a good, solid coach, who has brought this team from a perennial cellar-dweller to a perennial contender. But are we really contenders with Reid, or pretenders?

Each year we have seen the same, tired old show play out, and for far too long, and each season, we all know what the end result will be with Reid, so why not give someone else a shot? Andy Reid was a no-name coach when he was given the head coaching job of the Eagles.

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."

The best fans in the NFL will continue to show up and cheer on their birds 365 days a year, hoping that this season will be different. Things will not be different until a change is made. 

Can you blame the entire Internet for blowing up when a report surfaces that he may be on his way out? Certainly not. The Andy Reid Era has run its course in Philadelphia.

It's time for a switch. Philadelphia deserves it.