With wins on Sunday will Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers head coaches Andy Reid and Norv Turner save their jobs for the 2013 season? Both coaches have been on the hot seat for the last two seasons, but with a possibility of finishing out their respective seasons with multiple wins, will the veteran coaches be given another season in 2013?
Andy Reid– The Eagles have ruled out Michael Vick for the remainder of the season as the team is going with rookie QB Nick Foles. Foles dismantled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary on Sunday, throwing for 381 yards with an offensive lineup that is operating without LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. The Eagles recorded their fourth win of the season, albeit another less than 3-point victory.
Last week, after a 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, several Philadelphia writers suggested that Reid was conducting himself as a coach who was confident about his job moving forward. The Eagles have made several coaching changes in the midst of this season and if Foles continues to develop, you have to wonder if the Eagles front office will capitulate on their offseason ‘shot across the bow’ that another sub-standard season would not be tolerated.
The Eagles remaining schedule is difficult as the team will host the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins while finishing up at the New York Giants.
If Foles continues to show promise, operating without key offensive personnel and working behind a miserable offensive line, you have to wonder if the ownership might give Reid just one more season to see if he can turn things around in 2013.
Norv Turner– In recent years, no head coach has been rumored to be fired more often than Turner. Rumors surfaced again this week with the Union-Tribune reporting that both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith would be released at the end of the season. The Chargers responded this week with a victory in Pittsburgh, at a 1 pm start. The Chargers were leading the Steelers 34-10 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Turner could manage another patented late season surge with their remaining schedule and finish the season at 8-8 once again. With home games against the Panthers and Raiders and a road trip to play the Jets, it’s possible that San Diego could finish with four straight wins.
That would mean that the Chargers started 3-1 and finished 4-0 while having a 1-7 stretch in the middle of the season. Given the reluctance of the front office to move on from Turner in recent years, another 8-8 season might keep him on the sidelines again in 2013, much to the frustration of Chargers fans.
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