Philadelphia Eagles: If Andy Reid Is Fired, Who Will Replace Him?

WesAnalyst IOctober 20, 2011

Never trust a guy in a visor.
Never trust a guy in a visor.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Brian Billick and every other retired coach need not apply if and when Andy Reid leaves town.

A majority of Eagles fans lost their edge to run Reid out of town following a 20-13 win over divisional rival Washington last Sunday. It will only take one more loss before the talks heat back up and fans start tossing around names like the ones mentioned above as a replacement for Reid.

None of them should be an option, though.

Why bring in a coach who has already won a Super Bowl and has nothing to prove? Why defy the odds of other coaches who attempted to win another Lombardi trophy and failed?

Fans should be asking for a fresh face in the coaching ranks and not care if they know who he is.

Mike Tomlin, Sean Peyton and Mike McCarthy are the last three coaches to win a Super Bowl, and none of them walked the sidelines as a head coach before they arrived with their respective teams. Outside of Peyton, it is doubtful that many knew who these coaches were before then.

Isn't that the irony of the situation? Reid was an unknown before he arrived in Philly, and now everyone fears the unknown.

It's time for the Eagles to take a calculated risk on a young mind with a fresh perspective. 

The NFL is an ever-changing league, so why bring in Cowher, who hasn't been around the game for nearly a decade?

He won't come into Philly, implement a smash-mouth football team overnight and win a Super Bowl. Not only that, but he might as well be Reid's slightly cooler older brother.

Cowher lost four AFC Championship games at home and one Super Bowl. Call it the Andy Reid anti-Super Bowl shuffle.

It took 14 years until Cowher finally got over the hump thanks to one of the worst-officiated Super Bowls of all time. If you're willing to hire Cowher, you might as well stick with Reid.

Gruden wouldn't stand a chance with the media in Philadelphia.

The guy is outspoken and doesn't hesitate to call out players in front of anyone. You may wish Reid engaged in this tactic, but his tight-lipped press conferences prevent him from throwing players under the bus, which in turn prevents him from ever losing his team.

Gruden was never known as a players coach, as seen in this tirade from Simeon Rice (compliments of If Gruden ever lost his cool with the Philly media and lashed out at a player, he could kiss his season, team and job goodbye.

What's the harm in finding a coach who has a desire to prove himself?

Don't you want a coach who approaches each game as if he is coaching for his job and any future job in the NFL? Find someone with a chip on their shoulder who takes a me-against-the-world attitude every day.

Guys like Cowher, Billick, and Gruden have plenty of financial security and can always fall back on a broadcasting career, and the sense of urgency surrounding them doesn't scream, "Win now at all costs."

Let the search begin for a coach you've never heard of.