Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Reasons Andy Reid Should be Fired
For the third consecutive week, the Eagles were out-coached in the second half. For the third consecutive week, a mediocre-to-above average QB torched the Eagles.
For the fourth consecutive week, the Eagles were gashed by opposing running backs.
Reason No. 5: Reid Can't Hire Defensive Coordinators
During the Andy Reid era, the team has had three defensive coordinators: the late Jim Johnson, Sean McDermott and Juan Castillo.
Of the three, only two have been hired by Reid: McDermott and Castillo. To say that both have been dreadful hires would be the understatement of the year.
Andy Reid is not a defensive mastermind.
He needs a defensive coordinator with a comprehensive understanding of the game who knows how to call a defense, and attack an opposing offense with impunity.
But Reid refuses to hire defensive coordinators who fit that bill, due largely to his own insecurity.
Andy's been around the NFL long enough to know that young, ambitious coordinators with brilliant football minds and world-class motivational skills aren't content with a coordinator job.
They want to be head coaches. And Andy doesn't want to be out-shown by some up-start youngster.
Truly great coaches aren't afraid to hire great young minds. Look at Bill Belichek; look at Bill Parcells; look at Tony Dungy; look at Mike McCarthy.
Reason No. 4: Reid Can't Motivate His Players
I think Jim Mora, Jr. said it best during the Eagles' Week 4 collapse to the San Francisco 49ers: The Philadelphia Eagles don't look motivated.
As I watched the game, I noticed the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh motivate his players.
I watched him run up and down the sidelines, screaming words of encouragement (or ire) at his players.
I watched him meet his players with high-fives and praise as they came off the field following a defensive stop or a turnover.
And on the other side, I watched Andy Reid stand like a 400-pound statue of the Eagles sidelines. No matter what happened, Reid wasn't moved.
He didn't cheer; he didn't go over to his players and try to encourage them. He didn't show one bit of passion the entire game.
A great coach is like a chameleon—he adapts his own style to meet the needs of his team.
For some teams, a stoic veteran coach is what is necessary to steady the ship and lead the group to victory; other teams need a passionate motivator on the sidelines to find success.
This Eagles team needs the passionate, in-your-face motivator.
Reason No. 3: Andy Doesn't Know How to Call an Offense
The Eagles led the 49ers 20-3 at halftime. Philadelphia running backs LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown were given a combined four carries in the second half.
Anyone want to offer an explanation?
Here's one possibility: Andy Reid doesn't know how to call an offense.
Going into Week 4, many around the NFL believed LeSean McCoy was playing the best football of any RB in the league.
He was racking up yards left and right, finding holes on opposing defenses and averaging over six yards per carry.
All of that begs the question: with a 17-point lead, why not put the ball in McCoy's hands? Why not run some screens and swing passes, forcing the SF linebackers to try and tackle McCoy in the open field?
On the topic of screen passes, why would the Eagles not run more of those? They have an extremely athletic offensive line, a number of tremendous athletes at all of the major skill positions and a QB that defenses must pay attention to at all times.
A season ago, the Eagles were one of the best screen teams in the league. This year, they run an average of two per game.
It all adds up to this: Andy Reid doesn't know how to put his players in a position to succeed. He doesn't understand how to call an offensive game. He simply isn't a coach that can get it done anymore.
Reason No. 2: He Refuses to Change and Adapt
The truly great coaches at the NFL are innovators. The very good, very effective coaches are early-adopting copycats.
The ones looking for work are the laggards—the ones who refuse to change and adapt to new realities. Andy Reid is a laggard.
It's no secret the Eagles built their team to look like the Green Bay Packers.
The Eagles have a mobile QB, tremendous depth at the WR position, under-rated athletes at the TE spots and a pair of running backs that can run anywhere.
The logical continuation here would be for the Eagles to play like the Packers—to use the spread offense to protect their QB, to force defenses to pick their poison with their weapons, to open up screen passing opportunities and lanes for draw plays.
But Andy Reid refuses. On the goal line, he could bring in a three-wide set and split out Brent Celek, providing him with six legitimate options that the opposing defense must try to defend.
He could run a draw or inside screen to LeSean McCoy. He could allow Vick to run an option or QB draw.
He could sling the ball outside to one of his wideouts or run a hitch to Celek. He could hit Avant on a three-step slant or Maclin on a drag route.
Green Bay and New England run a similar offense in the Red Zone because it works. Defenses can't cover everyone forever—especially when the skill players are as physically talented as the Eagles'.
Reid needs to change his system and adapt it to the talents of his players. He needs to stop being a laggard and start being an early adopter of new trends.
Reason No. 1: Reid Isn't Mean
I've said this before and I'll say it again.
The most significant difference between a all-time great coach like Bill Belichek and a very good, but not great coach like Andy Reid is attitude.
Andy Reid is a "nice" coach—he doesn't take pride in humiliating opponents.He doesn't demand excellence from his players and he certainly doesn't live to break his opponents. Belichek does all three every week.
After witnessing "injury-gate" in Week 2 and the conditions on the field at the Linc, Belichek would have come out running nothing but a hurry-up offense.
He'd rotate WRs to Aaron Ross' side of the field, sending each on go routes, double moves and stop-and-go patterns. Whether or not the ball ever went to Ross' man is irrelevant.
What is relevant is the fact that by the fourth or fifth 50-yard sprint down the field in sweltering heat, Ross (or any other CB) would be begging for air. And then Brady and Belichek would go after him.
There would be no mercy breaks. There would be no huddles or chances for Ross (or anyone else) to leave the field.
There would only be more go routes, more double moves, more stop-and-go patterns until Ross blew a coverage, at which point it would go for six. The next series after that would be more of the same. Over and over and over again.
When a coach like Belichek gets a lead in the second half, he closes out the game.
When Tom Brady has a team down by 20, the only thing he thinks about is how he's going to put them down 27 on the next series.
Opponents on the ropes don't deserve a mercy break—they deserve to put out of their misery. Belichek understands that. Mike McCarthy understands that. Andy Reid doesn't seem to get it.
That's how a mean coach game-plans. Andy Reid needs to get mean. He needs to learn how to destroy opponents. When his team has an opponent down by 20 in the second half, the only thing he should be thinking about is how he's going to put up another touchdown and use a lot of clock doing it.
He needs to demand excellence from his players and punish those who fail to give it to him. He needs to be more like Bill Belichek and less like Santa Claus. He needs to start stealing games and stop giving them away.