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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

The Reid Dogma

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Andy Reid thinks he's smarter than you.

In fact, he knows it. He claims to be a Mormon, but he is a religion unto himself. Three times a week, he sits at press conferences, quietly demeaning questions about his ability to coach his football team. What's more, his bosses - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner - read from the same Gospel.

We should all have it so good.

Of course the Eagles can trust Reid, but that's not necessarily great news. The reason Lurie and Banner can stick by their man, and the reason Eagles fans routinely turn their backs on the most successful coach in franchise history, is that Reid's flaws are just as trustworthy as his virtues.

At his worst, he's the devil you know. The thing is, at his best, he's not that much better.

After 10 years, the Eagles can rely on Reid to do exactly what he has always done. He's going to pass the ball too much, he's going to get cute in short-yardage situations, he's going to give shallow and excruciating press conferences. He'll mismanage the clock, waste his challenges and go to battle with bargain-basement wide receivers. And he'll win more than he loses.

Reid will be back as the Eagles' head coach next year. The team's Week 17 romp over Dallas, followed by the coach's ninth career playoff victory, sealed that deal. Never mind that he cost them as many as three wins all by himself. And truthfully, who can blame the Birds? Even Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan couldn't promise the success that Reid has had over the past decade.

But as long as he's head coach, the Eagles are not going to win the Super Bowl on talent, heart and preparation. They have to wait for the lightning strike of fortune, just like everybody else.

By Sean McCann  |  January 8, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  | Category:  Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As a long time Eagle hater from southeast PA, I for one am hoping for Reid to stay in Philly for as long as possible. Never has a coach owed so much of his success to an assistant coach as Reid to Jim Johnson. Reid doesn't under stand the value of a running game and the importance of imposing your physical will on an opponent. Here's to hoping Reid gets a contract extension.

Posted by: tonica866 | January 8, 2009 9:25 PM

I concur with the original comment. Reid is a terrible day game coach. That being said, his players play hard for him. And if Reid happens to win a Super Bowl, he can be coach for life.

Posted by: mschaff1 | January 9, 2009 10:45 AM

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