Getting a Bad Read on Reid
It seems as if Eagles fans are becoming slightly impatient with coach Andy Reid. The process of Reid's play calling hasn't endeared him to many of the Birds' faithful. In fact if e-mails are any barometer, there seems to be a growing faction that is calling for Reid's ouster.
That is getting a little carried away.
For those who complain about Reid, just remember what this franchise was like before he got here. There was the 6-9-1 team in 1997 followed by the 3-13 team in 98, the final year of the Ray Rhodes era.
Reid, for all his play-calling quirks, has transformed the Eagles from a laughingstock to a perennial Super Bowl contender.
While many won't give Reid or the Eagles any slack for not finishing off the deal, the fact that the team has been to four straigth NFC title games and last year's Super Bowl, can't be dismissed. If Reid were given his walking papers, there would be no fewer than 10 NFL teams the next day lining up for the chance to talk to him.
Reid isn't the best press conference speaker, but he wasn't hired to tell one-liners or keep the media amused. The best part about Reid is that he never panics, even now when the wolves appear to be howling for his skin.
Some suggest that he is stubborn, and when he continues to pass upwards of 50 times a game, there is validity to that suggestion. Still, his way has been a winning one, with five playoff appearances in his first six years.
People have short memories and forget what a sad-sack organization this was before his arrival. And Reid was ripped for picking Donovan McNabb instead of Ricky Williams. Who would you rather have on your team now?
Reid has kept his cool during numerous flaps concerning the Birds, including this summer with the entire T.O. fiasco. He has maintained his calm demeanor despite the Eagles' dreadful performance against Dallas and Denver in the last three weeks.
He is loyal to his players, won't rip them in public and still has the utmost confidence from the Eagles players. That is the impression that one gets while touring the lockerroom each week.
Reid has certainly made his share of mistakes, but the positives outweigh the negatives by a wide margin.
So fans should stop the ridiculous talk about canning Reid. Somebody who has arguably been the most successful coach in team history, deserves much better than that.