With Banner Out, Is Reid’s Seat Hotter Or Cooler?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Two days after the season ended, Jeff Lurie addressed the media where he built a case for letting Reid go before reversing his field and announcing he would stay.
Since then, we’ve now learned that Joe Banner is out as team president and there is much speculation that, despite what the Eagles say, he was basically “volun-told” to step down. In other words, if there was indeed a power struggle, Andy Reid won.
And assuming that’s the case, that Reid made some sort of a power play like the one Sam Farmer of The L.A. Times reported about back in March, does this mean his future beyond 2012 with the Eagles is already secure?
After Lurie’s press conference (or even beforehand), the feeling was that the 2012 season would be make-or-break for Reid. The minimum to save his job would be a deep playoff run, if not a Super Bowl appearance.
But what about now? Would Lurie actually remove Banner, the man who has been with him from the beginning, and give Reid even more control if he thought that there was half-decent chance that Reid would be gone after the 2012 season?
It would seem to be a lot of trouble for Lurie to go through if he truly thinks this is a do-or-die year for Reid. It would more-so seem that Lurie has chosen Reid over Banner and still sees Reid as head coach for 2012 and beyond.
However, there is another possibility we can consider.
Is Lurie giving Reid what he wants with the expectation that he’ll deliver Philadelphia its first-ever Super Bowl championship this season? And if he fails, he’d still gone at the end of the year?
Even though Banner said he’ll be pursuing other ventures, he also said he’s going to be keeping an office at the NovaCare Complex “for a while.” So, in other words, Banner’s not there…but he’s there still.
Now, this may be a shot in the dark, but could Banner be lurking in the background and waiting to see what happens this season with Reid in full-charge? Should Reid fail, would Lurie fire him and just re-insert Banner as president or in some other position?
This could all of this be part of an agreement of sorts between Reid and Lurie in that Reid gets what he wants, but has to deliver. And if not, see ya!
Hard to say, really. On one hand, logic would seem to dictate that the Eagles have to go far into the playoffs this year for Reid to remain as head coach. I mean, how many years can a coach keep his job without reaching the ultimate goal?
On the other hand, there’s also logic in the fact that Andy Reid is a good coach, is well respected around the league and beloved by his players. If he were to get fired, he could have a job within the hour.
So, what do you think? Is Andy Reid still on the hot seat in 2012 or did Lurie put some ice on it by removing Joe Banner from the picture?
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