The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a monumental collapse late in the game once again this afternoon. After leading the San Francisco 49ers 23-3 at the mid-way portion of the third quarter, the Eagles gave up yet another fourth quarter lead and lost in embarrassing fashion 24-23 to the 49ers. When does head coach Andy Reid finally get held accountable for this trainwreck?
In 2010, Eagles fans were more than happy to make former QB Donovan McNabb the scapegoat, but he is long gone from Philly now. Michael Vick had to throw for 416 yards this afternoon, and that still wasn’t enough to secure a win. The Eagles made some high profile free agent signings in the off-season, and the defense is still horrible.
There has been plenty of turnover on the Eagles roster over the past two seasons, but the only constant which remains is head coach Andy Reid. Just as the Boston Red Sox decided to part ways with manager Terry Francona this last week, I believe it’s time for the Eagles to make the last change they’ve failed to make in the past few seasons, the head coach.
Andy Reid is a solid head coach, but he is now the longest tenured head coach in the NFL and his mojo is no longer working. It’s time to move on, change the scenery. Andy Reid will draw interest from several clubs in the league after his release, but his time with the Eagles has grown stale.
Philadelphia might have one of the great defensive cornerback tandems in NFL history, but who needs to throw the ball on the Eagles when teams are able to hand the ball off and run down Philadelphia’s throat? 30th in the league against the run? 164 yards surrendered this afternoon with the majority coming from Frank Gore, a player which wasn’t even supposed to start according to multiple sources last night.
Philadelphia now has two back-to-back road games against the Buffalo Bills and a game in Washington against the NFC East division leading Redskins before their bye-week. Philadelphia cannot afford to lose these next two games. After the bye, there are two games against Dallas, games against the Patriots, Jets, and two against the Giants and they finish the season against the Redskins.
The expectations might have been set a bit too high this season, but if the Eagles fail to reach the playoffs in 2011, Andy Reid needs to be replaced and the team needs to move forward in a new direction, because the same old-same old isn’t working.