It’s finally official according to PhiladelphiaEagles.com. The man who led the Philadelphia Eagles to 1 Super Bowl and 5 NFC Championships has been let go by Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie. A lot will be said (and has already been said) about the head coaching tenure of Andy Reid. One thing is not in doubt and that’s Andy Reid as of right now is the greatest head coach in the history of the franchise. He will be remembered for many things…some positive & some negative.
The positive things is he brought in a franchise quarterback in Donovan McNabb and led the team to 5 Championship games. He brought in quite possibly the best Defensive Coordinator the city will ever see (and defensive mind over Buddy Ryan) in Jim Johnson only to watch Johnson pass away and his replacements never come close to the level of JJ (Sean McDermott & Juan Castillo…guess you can group Todd Bowles in there as well). He brought winning to the city that hadn’t seen consistent winning in decades.
The negative things were the Terrell Owens debacle in which they signed him and he (Reid) thought Owens could be kept under control but he could not. He excelled with below average wide outs and undervalued linebackers to the extent that it set back the franchise a few years. Reid was good at signing inexpensive players and letting them develop and knowing when to cut ties with them. If it was Howie Roseman’s influence to sign Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha and Vince Young (among other high profile free agents that never panned out) we’ll likely never know but it went against the culture of everything they had built up until that point. The end of the Brian Dawkins era and not having a suitable replacement has also set the franchise back many years.
At the end of the day Reid won 6 NFC East titles, 1 NFC Championship Game and spearheaded the change in the Eagles philosophy to winning and not accepting losing. 2012 was accepting the season was a loss almost from the bye week on with the dismissial of Castillo. It’s a shame that the same year his son Garrett passed away is the same year Reid is let go but it’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles organization to move on and the same is for Andy Reid.Tags: Andy Reid, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, goodbye, Howie Roseman, Jason Babin, Jeffrey Lurie, Jim Johnson, Juan Castillo, NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles, Sean McDermott, Terrell Owens, Todd Bowles, Vince Young