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Can the Eagles Count on Reid?

With a long history of coaching missteps can Eagles fans sleep easy with Reid at the helm?

Posted by Emil Steiner on January 8, 2009 7:28 AM
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netsirkyle: Just look at his record involving big games. Four times in the NFC Championship game and he makes it to the Super Bowl once. Enough said! An...

QuiteAlarmed: POOKIECAT: "He's taken this team to the playoofs 7 out of the last 10 years, which is much more than the coaches at Dallas, washington, or N...

stevencoop: If Tampa wins do these articles about Reid even get written? If Tampa wins are the comments about Reid different? If Tampa wins are we tal...

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pookiecat Author Profile Page :

He's taken this team to the playoofs 7 out of the last 10 years, which is much more than the coaches at Dallas, washington, or New York can claim. He needs to be patient though, with allowing the run game to establish with Westbrook. He has a tendency to abandon it too fast in games because the defense is always there to cover for the offense. I want to see him back next year, but he needs to change his philosophy a little on offense, get a fullback who can crush people in front of Westbrook, and trade for a big, strong wide receiver. The receivers they have are all little guys who are pretty fragile.

BobPullar Author Profile Page :

But of course! Coach consistently produces a
winner! Fly Eagles Fly!

qwerqwer1 Author Profile Page :

As an eagles fan, I was worried about Reid's future throughout the season. Without a doubt, the success of the last few weeks has saved his job. He has been a consistent coach for the passed decade and has lead the team to some great success. Unfortunately, without a super bowl title, he will always judged harshly by fans.

rick699 Author Profile Page :

As a devoted Eagles fan, I'm obviously rooting for my team. But Andy's play calling is often confounding at best. His track record of preparing the team to play week-to-week is spotty, to say the least.

Ever since the Super Bowl loss to New England, the Andy-Donovan tandem has been hard to swallow. Without a Super Bowl win this year, this fan will be ready to see the team go in a different direction, with a new coach and a new quarterback.

brewstercounty Author Profile Page :

My impression of Andy Reid is that he is a very good coach. And I like his everyman persona too. All in all, I like coach Reid.

ozpunk Author Profile Page :

Reid is a great coach and his record speaks for itself. He is one of the best coaches in the NFL, but Philly fans only care is what have you done for me lately? Making the playoffs and embarassing the Cowboys will be enough to retain him for another year, but until he and by extension Donovan, win a Superbowl there will never been any true "brotherly love" for either of them.

CapitolHill1 Author Profile Page :

I'm a lifelong Eagles fan and was calling for both McNabb and Reid to be dismissed earlier this year but now it's obvious they will both be back next year. With Reid you know what you're gonna get. Somewhere between 11-5 and 8-8, maybe a divisional title and a playoff birth but probably never a Super Bowl win. That satisfies the front office but not the fans for too long. Please God let us win one finally so we can stop having this discussion every year!

Meepo Author Profile Page :

I hope Andy Reid quits. He needs to lose 100 pounds and do all he can to be a father to his boys, who happen to really need some kind of father, noting the trouble they've been in.

pgiaquinto Author Profile Page :

Getting to the playoffs is nice, but without the big win, it ultimately means squat. The string wont end Sunday, as the Giants are well positioned to move on to their second consecutive NFC Championship.

ChaoticCracker Author Profile Page :

As a lifelong die-hard Philly fan, I'm somewhat conflicted. I hear so many of "my people" say we would be better off without Andy Reid and/or Donovan McNabb. Let me remind you that there was a contingent of Philly fans ready to run Charlie Manuel out of town after the Phils got dumped in the divisional round of the 2007 playoffs. Today, he's the most loved sports coach in the city. It's amazing what a trophy will do to fix a tarnished image.

I challenge you to ask yourself one question.

Who out there is a better option than what we've got right now?

For Andy Reid??? Bill Cowher??? He wants John Fox's job in Carolina. Steve Spagnolo??? We already have a defensive genius on staff.

For Donovan??? Kevin Kolb??? Please... He's looked awful in every situation he's been in. He looked bad in pre-season and he's stinking the joint up in his mop up opportunities. Matt Cassell??? The Pats are gonna francise him or trade him for a big return.

Think long and hard, I doubt you'll find a viable alternative for either post. We Philly fans are a passionate, demanding bunch and have shown on more than one occasion that we are not to be taken lightly. For the record, we did not boo Santa as the media loves to report. We booed a drunken fool dressed in a Santa costume. The guy could barely stand up and deserved all the venom the fans could send his way. We love our teams when they are doing well and we let them know what we're thinking when there doing poorly. I believe J-Roll called it frontrunning. We call it passion. We expect our teams to give as much for us as we give for them.

A few years ago, The Post insulted Redskins fans with their "Bandwagon" columns every week. The Skins are the only DC team with a tried and true, die-hard fanbase. Like Philly fans, they show up in good times and bad.

Where were all the die-hard Caps fans a few years ago? Nowhere to be found. All of the sudden the team is winning and has arguably the best player on the ice today and everyone is ready to "Rock the Red". I was at the Caps-Flyers game the other night and for the first time in longer than I can remember, there were more Caps fans than Flyers fans. Where were these "fans" 3 years ago? In case you were wondering Post writers, there's your bandwagon.

The media needs to stop dumping on Philly fans and reminding the world about a fanbase the booed a drunken idiot making a fool of himself and a mockery of Santa. Most teams would love to have a fanbase the likes of Philly, New York, Boston, Chicago or Detroit. I guess since the other city's fans didn't boo Santa, they're not as bad as we are.

rixxk Author Profile Page :

Chuck Noll has how many SuperBowl victories ? Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs & Bill Belicheck have how many SuperBowl victories ? Marv Levy had how many SuperBowl victories ? How many SuperBowl victories does Andy Reid have ?

wstander Author Profile Page :

How can he blow it this year? His team has already reached the point where they are playng the defending Super bowl champs in the playoffs.

sanmateo1850 Author Profile Page :

When was the last time Phili won a super bowl? I would watch out for Jacobs in this game..I think he is going to put on a show! Luckily it is a short ride back to Phili...

dmccrabb1 Author Profile Page :

The Eagles have the most overrated quarterback in the NFL. It is Donovan McNabb that creates the ceiling for the Eagles, not Andy Reid.

bdstauffer Author Profile Page :

From a purely objective standpoint, sacking Andy Reid would be nuts. He's made the Eagles a consistent winner, even when sometimes there were key injuries. He may not have made the playoffs every year, but neither did Don Shula, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, or Joe Gibbs, all NFL Hall of Fame head coaches.

If the Eagles fans and management want to run Andy Reid out of town, go ahead and be my guest. I'm a loyal Dallas fan, and would love to see him go and watch the Eagles sink back to mediocrety. Objectively, they would be nuts to get rid of Andy Reid. I believe him to be a good coach and a good man.

mudbone Author Profile Page :

HOUSTON! THIS IS TRANQUILITY BASE! THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!

mudbone Author Profile Page :

HOUSTON THIS IS TRANQUILITY BASE! THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!

Kev2 Author Profile Page :

Andy Reid has made some questionable play calls for sure, I'm just happy that the D.C. paper and area are reduced to discussing the Eagles, as the R******* (when are you going to lose the pointedly bigoted team name, by the way) have been non-factors for years. I know what your going to say who's won a super bowl...that was a while ago, should have never left RFK....

NYFanfromBirth Author Profile Page :

LOL, "Iggles" fans just never give up do they? Enjoy the next 36 hours y'all 'cuz it's gonna be a rude awakening at the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon. Even Andy might wake up!

robrice311 Author Profile Page :

Philly sure has had their share of idiot coaches over the years (Rich Kotite keeps popping into mind), but Reid certainly isn't one of them.

He's not dynamic, he's not awe-inspiring, and, maybe the biggest strike against him, he isn't an ego-maniac like most NFL coaches.

What he IS is a winner. Someone who came up through the coaching system of Mike Holmgren, and learned how to coach a winner the right way. He's lead the Eagles to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. He's had seven winning seasons out of ten.... in the never-easy NFC East.

Anybody that wants to give Reid the boot is an football idiot. He does more with formerly no-name players than anybody else in the league. The only constant during his tenure has been another undeserving Philly scapegoat, Donovan McNabb.

No doubt the Eagles have had trouble getting over the hump, but it isn't these guys' faults. I'm confident that we have one of the best offensive minds in the game in Reid. Realize it and throw this guy some support.

jayrockers Author Profile Page :

Really? Blow it? Reid's record speaks for itself, Redskins fans. The Danny should have made a play for Reid after last season instead of getting all Horny for Zorny.

Thx,

Jay!

luvisia777 Author Profile Page :

I'm a die hard Giants fan and I'll be the first to say that Andy Reid is a great coach.

wetland68 Author Profile Page :

LUVISIA777 - You only say that because you are a Giants fan. Reid is neither great nor bad. When you get used to a certain level of play, you get tired of seeing the same mistakes hold you back. Jimmy Johnson is a great coach, and a big part of the reason for the Eagles many appearances in the playoffs.

mjorbach1 Author Profile Page :

Let's Go Fat Man!

wetland68 Author Profile Page :

For those of you who think Philly fans only want Reid out because he hasn't won the big one, I provide evidence to the contrary. When Dick Vermeil's Eagles lost the Super Bowl (ugh, to the Raiders), the only person in the city ready for Vermeil to go was himself. He would have been welcomed back for many years, and is still adored by Eagles fans. If Reid could consistently get out of the Eagles what Vermeil did, we would have won a couple of Super Bowls. Reid's inconsistency shows a clear lack of ability to run a professional team.

rkeithgargus Author Profile Page :

As a Eagles fan of some 24 years, I am pleased with Reid. I'm frustrated that some of his better teams didn't go all the way, but am hard-pressed to find a replacement I'd trust to do better.

JDB1 Author Profile Page :

"Where were all the die-hard Caps fans a few years ago? Nowhere to be found. All of the sudden the team is winning and has arguably the best player on the ice today and everyone is ready to "Rock the Red". I was at the Caps-Flyers game the other night and for the first time in longer than I can remember, there were more Caps fans than Flyers fans. Where were these "fans" 3 years ago? In case you were wondering Post writers, there's your bandwagon.

The media needs to stop dumping on Philly fans and reminding the world about a fanbase the booed a drunken idiot making a fool of himself and a mockery of Santa. Most teams would love to have a fanbase the likes of Philly, New York, Boston, Chicago or Detroit. I guess since the other city's fans didn't boo Santa, they're not as bad as we are."


Where are all the sixers fans? What about in the 80's when the vet was 2/3 full? The phils before the new digs opened? Point being every town likes a winner and will show its support accordingly. Ask Celtics fans what their arena was like just 2 short years ago.

As for Philly fans, you don't get dumped on because of Santa. You get dumped on because your obnoxious and confuse passion with stupidity. Breaking peoples legs, beating people up and throwing things at them because they are wearing the opposing teams jersey, Shaking visiting teams buses, while mooning them and throwing things at the busses. I can keep going. Sure things happen in every city, the difference is when incidents happen it is frowned upon and dealt with accordingly. in Philly it's a turn the cheek attitude.


RedskinsFan4Life1 Author Profile Page :

Listen.. Listen.. Listen.. I just have one thing to say. All the Redskins critic need to back off. The Eagles are the ONLY team in the East without 1 Superbowl victory! Dallas(5)NY Giants(3) Washington(3). If Washington didn't have any SB victorys, Philly fan would be calling to have us removed from the division. Reid and the Eagles will choke again. The Giant or Carolina will represent the NFC. Sorry.

netsirkyle Author Profile Page :

Just look at his record involving big games. Four times in the NFC Championship game and he makes it to the Super Bowl once. Enough said! Andy does not know how to win the big games. We are the only NFC East team without a Super Bowl Championship. Can you say the Buffalo Bills of the 2000 era.

QuiteAlarmed Author Profile Page :

POOKIECAT: "He's taken this team to the playoofs 7 out of the last 10 years, which is much more than the coaches at Dallas, washington, or New York can claim."

Eagle fans want what Tom Coughlin can claim for his team: a Super Bowl victory.

I'm a big fan of Andy Reid, but I want to see a more serious committment to two things:

1. Power running game.
2. Clock management.

stevencoop Author Profile Page :

If Tampa wins do these articles about Reid even get written? If Tampa wins are the comments about Reid different? If Tampa wins are we talking about Cohwer and Shannahan?

 
 
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