Why Philadelphia Eagles Fans Are out of Line to Chant, "Fire Andy Reid"

Adam OdekirkContributor IINovember 27, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on as he coaches against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Fans in Philadelphia have long been characterized as some of the most ruthless in the NFL, and for good reason.

Their supporters call it passion, and their enemies simply shake their heads at the infamous fanbase that booed Santa Claus.

Philadelphia Eagles fans are justified in being upset; this team is not much fun to watch right now. However, to place all of the blame on Andy Reid seems slightly unfair at this juncture.

One thing that Philly fans should worry about is actually getting their wish. Is there a coach on the Eagles bench fans would rather have steering this ship that has gone so woefully off course?

The answer to that question is "no." Furthermore, there is likely not another coach out on the market right now that could come in and project to have the same kind of success Andy Reid can normally be relied upon for.

Unless Jeffrey Lurie was highly impressed with Marty Schottenheimer winning his first championship in the UFL and is contemplating making an offer, the Eagles are wise to stick with Reid who has guided the Eagles to most sustained level of success in franchise history.

This is not a pardon for Reid and the decisions he has made to lead the team to its current situation, but remember that it was not Reid who touted the team as a "dream team" capable of going undefeated.

Both on the field and on the sideline, Reid might have misfired on some of the personnel decisions this year. For that he should be held accountable—perhaps in the form of being forced to bring in someone more capable of handling the defense so Reid can focus on the offense.

In a lot of ways Reid lost his co-head coach with the tragic passing of Jim Johnson, and while that kind of presence can never be replaced on the sideline, they can attempt to fill the void with someone of equal weight and respect.

Firing Andy Reid is not the immediate solution to all the organization's problems, and the fans need to be careful so as not to force the ownership to simply placate to an angry fanbase's demands to impulsively fire Reid.

The fans are free to boo and jeer all that they want, and maybe hope that their spite will ignite a competitive fire within their team. However, chanting for something that will set the franchise back several seasons is probably not the wisest and most advisable thing at the moment.