Why the Philadelphia Eagles Should Fire Andy Reid This Week
Though Vince Young likely meant the saying as a joke, it stuck. The team had added Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin and other underrated players. These players were to join a locker room that already had Mike Vick, LaSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Asante Samuel. This was a team primed to go places.
Then the season came. During the preseason, some saw signs of trouble for the team as they struggled to do simple things like pass protect and cover, but it was okay, after all the preseason doesn't matter.
Well, the season started and those problems continued, and more issues started popping up. Vick has trouble staying upright, and has been injured multiple times only five games into the season.
Nnamdi Asomugha, widely considered the best corner in the league, has been giving up passes and making very poor plays and has been very quiet in Philadelphia. As Doug Farrar noted here, how Philadelphia has been using him has been very strange.
Blitzing would have been a relative oddity for him, but it seems as if the Eagles have decided that Nnamdi is Charles Woodson (notes) as the Packers use him, which means that he must be put all over the place as a "joker" or moving chess piece.
Now you might say, how is that Andy Reid's fault? He may not be the defensive coordinator, but he is the head coach. If he sees Nnamdi being used in a manner that doesn't cater to his best strength and why you brought him in, why wouldn't he make the call to have that changed?
As well, he seems to be losing the locker room. He doesn't have his team behind him, and even Frank Gore seemed to hint that the Eagles may not be trying that hard.
Andy Reid has been coaching the Eagles since the last millennium, and only has one super bowl appearance very early in his career. He went out and got some of the best talent in the NFL, and is weak against the one thing they should be strong against. Maybe he can turn it around, but Andy Reid isn't that coach.
He's not a winner, and he's out of excuses.
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