A Look Back At Andy Reid’s Tenure In PhiladelphiaBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Monday, December 31st, 2012
The news was long expected and finally came on Monday morning in the form of a statement from the team owner, Jeffrey Lurie. “It is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction,” said Lurie in the press release.
Reports from Howard Eskin and Reuben Frank surfaced on Sunday evening saying that Lurie and Reid met on Friday and Reid was informed that Monday would be his last day as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. Reid denied the report in his post game press conference and later sent a text message to Vai Sikahema saying that he’s still here. All that can be forgotten now and Andy Reid’s time with the Philadelphia Eagles has come to an end.
In the past two seasons, Andy Reid has compiled a 12-20 record. Many believed that during multiple games, his players quit on him, the sign that his tenure as their head coach is all but over. No time prior was it more apparent than on Sunday when the Eagles lost to their divisional opponent New York Giants 42-7.
The game opened with a successful onsides kick that was recovered by CB Brandon Hughes but the Eagles fortunes quickly took a turn for the worse. A Michael Vick pass sailed high and was intercepted by Stevie Brown and the Giants never let up. Led by Eli Manning’s four first half touchdowns, the most in his career, the Giants went into half time leading 35-7. The Giants only added one more touchdown in the second half and the Andy Reid era of Eagles football wrote its final chapter as an ugly 42-7 whooping. The 2012 season wrapped up with a 4-12 record, four losses more than Jeffrey Lurie’s 8-8 mark that he would call unacceptable to warrant a contract extension for his coach.
The era began on January 11th, 1999 and rang in with boos at the 1999 NFL Draft three months later when he drafted Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in the draft. Reid led the Eagles to five NFC Championships (2001-2004 and 2008) but only one Super Bowl appearance in 2004 which resulted in a heartbreaking 24-21 loss to the Patriots.
After the Super Bowl Reid’s success never equaled what he showed in his first six seasons. With the exception of a 2008 run to the NFC Championship Game, Reid had an average six seasons and extremely disappointing two seasons to wrap up his 14-year career. Some may argue that injuries to Donovan McNabb and the inconsistent play of Michael Vick could have contributed but the fact is, the ultimate job never got done.
Andy Reid never had success against winning teams. Against teams that qualified for the playoffs that season, Reid has mustered up a 26-50 record, including just 2-8 in the past two seasons. When taking a deeper look into Reid’s 130-93-1 regular season record, some may not be so impressed. The record against playoff teams is disappointing, that one tie will forever be burned into the minds of those remembering Reid’s tenure with the Eagles, and it will forever be remembered that he never won the big game.
Regardless of what anyone says, Reid’s fourteen years with the franchise were a huge upgrade from the fourteen years with Buddy Ryan, Ray Rhodes, and Rich Kotite. In 14 seasons Ryan,Rhodes, and Kotite combined for two playoff wins. Andy Reid surpassed that mark in just his third season and improved it five-fold in his career with ten playoff wins. Reid has brought the Eagles franchise the best years of football almost anybody alive can remember. The Eagles remain one of the few teams who have never won a Super Bowl.
Reid had players who fought their hearts out for 60 minutes per game early in his career. Names like Donovan McNabb, Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Westbrook, and Brian Dawkins led the team in the glory years. In 2011 and 2012 Reid’s team undoubtedly quit on him at certain points. Despite the incredibly tough offseason Reid had with the death of his son and the team saying they would rally around the coach and win games for him, Reid ended the season alone. Not literally alone, but his team, or the majority of it, quit on him. Reid’s 14-year career ended with Trent Edwards as his quarterback.
Nobody can win on their own and with signs that the team was not playing with the necessary heart, it was ultimately decided that it was Reid’s time to go. A press conference will be held at 1 PM on Monday with Jeffrey Lurie alone at the podium to announce the news. Andy Reid’s tenure as Eagles head coach has come to a close as one of the most impressive coaching careers in the NFL’s history. Total wins: 140. NFC Championship Game appearances: Five. Super Bowl appearances: One. And a 0-1 record. Reid has impressive numbers but his career will forever be tarnished by that 0-1 record in the sports world’s biggest game.
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