Philadelphia Eagles: Has the Andy Reid Era Finally Reached Its End?

Michael TinleyContributor IJanuary 12, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have once again snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory and in the process, have Philadelphia fans steaming and wondering when this team will win the big one.

For the last few years, the Eagles were missing some key parts. Two years ago, there was the need for some weapons at the wide receiver spots. So enter DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

But then there was the question of running back Brian Westbrook’s health. So out with Brian and in with Mr. LeSean “Shady” McCoy.

After these moves, there was still the cry for a new quarterback. One with heart, who could lead this team the way a true leader should. So the Eagles shipped Donovan McNabb off to the division rival Washington Redskins and replaced him with Kevin Kolb—his heir apparent.

That is, until fate (and a concussion) stepped in and gave the Eagles a secret weapon in Michael Vick.

Everything seemed to be in place now. Speed was everywhere on the field, and even with a suspect offensive line and a weak secondary, this team should still have made it to the NFC championship.

So what is the answer to the woes that plague this talented Eagles team? The answer is Andy Reid!

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Reid has held the position of head coach of the Eagles for over 10 years now, and that’s a very long tenure—especially for a coach who has not won a Super Bowl!

Most teams would have let him go after the fifth year, but somehow each year, Reid manages to hold on. It’s time the Eagles front office takes a good long look at replacing Reid with some fresh coaching. Someone who could utilize the weapons the Eagles currently have and make the necessary moves to pick up what’s missing (insert Nnamdi Asomugha).

The Andy Reid style of coaching just doesn’t work anymore. Last week against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card game, that became embarrassingly apparent.

The Philadelphia Eagles, in true Reid fashion, abandoned the running game and continued to force the pass, leaving Green Bay to lay back and pick and choose where to defend.

If you review the video, you will see where any play action was totally ignored by the Packers, knowing the Eagles would not run. And this has been a hallmark of the Andy Reid system. Doing the same thing over and over even when it doesn’t yield results.

Yes, David Akers missed two crucial field goals that would have resulted in six points, and yes, Michael Vick threw an ill-advised pass to Riley Cooper in the end zone with a little over 30 seconds left to play, but those are not the real issues. The issue is Reid’s play calling and lack of time management.

Time and time again, we’ve seen questionable 3rd-and-1 shotgun formations, time outs burned just to get what’s supposed to be a better look and let’s not even bring up challenge flags. Also, one has to address the constant selection of undersized defensive linemen and never addressing the offensive line weakness.

So with all of these things, one has to ask: when will Reid be given his walking papers?

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