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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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The Best They've Got


There's no question that Andy Reid will put out some coaching decisions that leave the Eagles fan populace shaking their heads, and it's a known fact that Mike Tanier, Football Outsiders' resident Eagles correspondent, wouldn't mind if the team moved on to a different head coach.

The question is, who? Who else could do what Reid has done over the last ten years? You're talking about a coaching record of 97-62-1 in the regular season, and 9-6 in the postseason. The Eagles ranked fourth in point differential in 2008, and first in yardage differential. They ranked first overall in our DVOA rankings, and put up a Pythagorean Wins (representing estimated wins and losses based on points scored and allowed) total of 11.3. Having beaten the Giants at the Meadowlands once this season already, they've got a reasonable shot at the NFC Championship game. As a Seattle resident "looking forward" to a future of James L. Mora, I'd take Reid as an upgrade in a hot minute.

That's always the question you have to ask when you're talking about moving on to a different top man. Who can fill the shoes? In Philadelphia, whenever that next man takes the whistle in hand, he'll have a tougher job than most people think.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 8, 2009; 9:04 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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