It’s about time.
No matter what you think about his tenure here…or that many Philadelphia Eagles fans are truly happy and excited about the franchise’s future now Andy Reid is no longer roaming the sidelines…please allow one long-time local fan the opportunity to present a rationale why many here are relieved he has – finally – been relieved of his duties.
The national media will continue to expound on his league longevity, his winning record, his division titles and post-season appearances. Every time I saw Andy talk to one of them he was cordial, almost jovial. He was polite and responsive.
Every time I saw Andy talk to the local media (and thereby the fan base) he was condescending, stubborn, evasive and treated them (and thereby the fan base) as if all of us didn’t deserve any explanations…for anything. Decisions, errors, changes. You name it.
The NFL fraternity of coaches both working and looking for work (some loosely known as “analysts”) will continue to expound on what a great leader of men he is, a “player’s coach”…and surely worthy of immediate hire by any team. No criticisms are coming from that group either.
Well…as an X’s and O’s guy Andy was stubborn to a fault. He sometimes had the right plan, sometimes not. But in many instances, it never seemed he would or could make the necessary adjustments in-game. There were playoff losses to lesser teams where the game plan wasn’t working from the jump, but the plan never was altered. His players generally loved him…but we all know sometimes a “player’s coach” can also mean not putting the hammer down when it needs applied. His first round of coaching hires when he started here was mostly successful…very much so. Once change came to his assistant ranks however, the replacement hires were not. His rosters were scattered with stars…but there always seemed to be a gaping hole in at least one area that caused the team to come up short of a Super Bowl year after year.
He certainly won a lot of games here. He also lost a fair share…and some of them on the biggest of stages when no matter how big his laminated card was he and his teams looked as disorganized as could possibly be.
Andy should have been let go last season. He wasn’t…and Philadelphia had to suffer through the debacle that was 2012 as a result of that inaction.
No one knows what 2013 will bring…and…finally…that’s a good thing.
I chuckle every time someone outside Philly says, “Eagles fans don’t know how good they have had it” or, “Eagles fans don’t appreciate how great a coach they are losing.” And my personal favorite…“Eagles fans better be careful what they wish for.”
I submit for many Eagles fans…after great thought and care…today we got exactly what we wished for.