Following the Philadelphia Eagles defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals yesterday, there are many questions surrounding the Eagles and perhaps the first one is whether or not Andy Reid will be able to survive this epic failure of the franchise this season.
This was supposed to be the season for the Eagles. The franchise was loaded with offensive weapons. It was a historic collection of talent in the secondary. Many pundits wanted to simply forgo the regular season and simply hand Philadelphia the Super Bowl trophy after the team signed free agent CB Nnamdi Ashomugha.
After the mid-season mark, the Eagles are now all but eliminated from any post-season consideration with a 3-6 overall record. Philadelphia is three games behind the NFC division leading New York Giants and three games behind the two teams in the lead for the NFC wildcard, the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The Eagles have the same record at this point in the season as the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.
In hindsight, was the signing of Nnamdi Ashomugha a wise move? Should more have been done to upgrade the offensive line? Was the hiring of an offensive coach as the defensive coordinator a smart decision? Was signing Michael Vick to a long term contract the best move?
Speaking of Vick, he now has as many interceptions as he has touchdowns, 11. He has as many wins as Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow this season.
So after nine weeks, some of these questions now have to be asked and the blame for the shortfalls of this team has to be laid at the feet of head coach Andy Reid. Reid is the longest tenured head coach in the NFL and it is perhaps now for a change in Philadelphia. The roster has been made over through the course of the past two seasons. The only constant has been Andy Reid.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers have been the two biggest disappointments in the league this season. Both of them are coached by men which should be removed at the end of this season. It’s time for a new direction in both cities.