If Kevin Kolb Fails, What Will It Mean for Andy Reid?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's been almost a week now since the blockbuster trade of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb being shipped over to the Washington Redskins in a seemingly overnight deal. 

However, although that storyline seems dead and buried for the moment, a much larger picture is being painted when looking at the Eagles' future.

Right now, the NFL is a place full of concern.  More importantly, it is a place full of firings and with many head coaches already being questioned and placed on the ever-so-imaginable "hot seat," there is little room for error heading into the 2010 regular season.

As for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, it isn't time to rush into the panic room just yet and bunker down for a season full of scrutiny and criticism, but it may be wise to consider just what Kevin Kolb failing may do to his head coaching position.

In recent years, Reid has been about as controversial a character as McNabb has.  On the occasion, he coaches a flawless game and leads the Eagles to an impressive win or two.  And then, there are the other times, when he looks foolish and downright dumb.

When asking Philadelphia fans on their opinion of Reid, some are all too kind to spread the love, while others find it hard to appreciate what he has tried to do for their beloved team.

Personally, I find it very difficult to criticise a man that has been the main guy about town since 1999, but it has come high tide that Andy Reid delivers, and proves that consistency makes for great coaching.

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Overall though, the bigger story may be told now that McNabb is out of town.  Back in the day, it was always Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid.  A seemingly inseparable duo that had each others backs in press conferences, on the playing field, or on the sidelines.

Hell, it was only a matter of months ago that we heard the words "Donovan McNabb is our starter for next season," come from Reid's mouth, but we all know how that scenario panned out.

Now, the times have changed, and although it looks promising, Kolb failing may just land Reid in some hot water that he isn't at all familiar with. 

As a partial Reid fan, it is hard to criticize him, but given Philadelphia fans impatience as of late, a failing on Kolb's part may result in a one-way ticket to the unemployment line.

Stats-wise, Reid has delivered Philadelphia with the best years of their illustrious time in the NFL.  But why is it that Reid is still a questioned man as head coach, and why is it that his job may hang in the balance due to one possible quarterback failing?

Well, it's simple and I can describe it with one word—hatred. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to criticise Eagles fans at all, but when it comes to wins and losses, well, Eagles fans are either happy or mad at the outcome of a game. 

Therefore, Reid is automatically placed in between a rock and a hard place. 

On one hand, he can succeed with Kolb and make his McNabb-oriented trade seem intelligent and smart.  Or, he could fail and post a dismal 8-8 record while Kolb goes the way of a 2009 Jay Cutler.

At the moment, Reid's head coaching career is fine, and for the most part he looks smart for getting rid of McNabb.  With that said though, if Kolb fails and sends the Eagles to a poor record, Reid may find himself with the Jack Del Rio's and Lovie Smith's of this league.

His career doesn't entirely rest on Kolb's shoulders, but for a career spanning over nearly a decade and no Super Bowl success to be seen, Andy's days may be outnumbered before we know it.

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