Andy Reid's regular-season record is the most hollow and meaningless piece of evidence to support the beleaguered head coach.
It seems like every Reid apologist tosses around his record as if it is something to brag about. They hold it with such high reverence that you would think it proves his greatness as a coach.
Apparently, those people like to ignore how Reid inflated his win column.
Prior to this season, which is arguably the worst of his career, Reid held a 118-73-1 record. Let's be generous and round up that tidy winning percentage to .618. Pretty darn solid, right?
If you take a closer look, you will realize Reid feasted on non-playoff teams and was overwhelmed by playoff teams.
Since 1999, and not including this year, Reid holds an embarrassing 24-42 regular season record against teams that qualified for the playoffs.
How does a .364 winning percentage sound?
Is there any way we can sugarcoat this thing for Reid's blind loyalists? Maybe we could point out that Reid had a couple bad years to bring down that mark. Too bad we can't.
In 12 seasons prior to this one, Reid only has three winning seasons against playoff teams. Here is a list of Reid's record against playoff teams by each year:
1999 (3-6), 2000 (1-3), 2001 (1-3), 2002 (3-3), 2003 (3-2), 2004 (2-2), 2005 (0-6), 2006 (3-3), 2007 (2-7), 2008 (4-2), 2009 (0-4).
Let's take this one step further.
A lot of Reid's critics point out how bad the NFC has been during his stay in Philadelphia. It's hard to judge the strength of one conference against another and there is no definitive way to determine who boasts the better half of the league.
What happens though if we look at Reid's performance against AFC playoff teams?
Things get even worse for Reid, as his regular-season record against AFC playoff teams drops to 2-14.
The most shocking part of Reid's futile record is the fact he didn't beat an AFC playoff team until 2008. Below is a list of his record against such teams during the regular season:
1999 (0-3), 2000 (0-1), 2001 (0-1), 2002 (0-2), 2003 (0-1), 2004 (0-1), 2005 (0-1), 2006 (0-1), 2007 (0-1), 2008 (1-1), 2009 (0-1), 2010 (1-0).
We could do some mental math and realize his winning percentage is .125. But let's make sure we're right and use our handy-dandy calculator. Yep, it's .125.
It's only a matter of time until Reid's lapdogs bark out, "You can only play who is on your schedule and he still found a way to win in the playoffs."
It is true you can only play who is on your schedule. But why does he have such an awful record against the better competition?
I'm not asking for Reid to hold a .700 winning percentage against playoff teams in the regular season. I would, however, like to see him be at least .500 or somewhere near it.
Doesn't all of this give us some insight as to why the Eagles lost four NFC Championships? If Reid struggled against playoff teams in the regular season, why would that change in the postseason?
And how is he going to win a Super Bowl given his track record against the best AFC teams?