Monday, October 31, 2005

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.

14 Comments:

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, you're right. Let's give him til halftime of the Redskins game. :-)

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Gary in DC said...

Good point. A little perspective can be helpful. I understand the frustration that this team hasn't closed the deal, and between the playcalling, the unnecessary timeouts, and giving up so many big plays on defense, this team has been driving me crazy. Even if this turns out to be a down year, though, and even if we don't make the playoffs, it's not the end of the world. Donovan will get healthy, we'll need to shore up the d-line, re-sign Westbrook and add another RB and a WR to replace TO, and we'll be right back in the mix next year.

Bill Cowher has been in Pittsburgh for 14 years without winning a Super Bowl, but the Steelers have been competitive and usually in contention during his reign. Reid deserves the same opportunity to keep trying until they get it right. I believe they will, but probably not this year. After losing Pinkston, Buckhalter and McDougle before the season even started, then losing Akers and now probably Johnson, plus Donovan's assorted injuries, Kearse, Grasmanis, etc., it's just too much to overcome.

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes 99 people cheer and one boo's and all you hear is the idiot that boo's---Lets hope Andy can't hear.-------

Seed in St Augustine

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes 99 people cheer and one boo's and all you hear is the idiot that boo's---Lets hope Andy can't hear.-------

Seed in St Augustine

 
At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frustrated fans need to control themselves.

The worst thing that could happen is that this team reverts to the Kuharich-Kotite Days. In desperation, fans are an interesting lot; they look to trade up for a better positional player when things get tough.

All over the print and audio media, one hears "TO is gone next year" followed shortly by "Westbrook will be gone next year, too". It's like fans want to own or possess the players and destiny of the team, regardless if they buy tickets or trinkets with the Eagles logo. Some fans profess to bleed green and they feel that entitles them to effect their will on the ownership and coaching staff.

The owner, management, and coaches are getting crucified for practicing their business model; Win Well Cheaply. Bigger businesses than NFL franchises do it all the time by laying off hundreds or thousands of people to either save the corporation or make it more efficient or effective.

Why should Lurie, Banner and Reid change what took them to the dance? They can always shuffle players to fit their model, regardless of the affinity of the fans. The laws of supply and demand are on their side, more people want into the NFL than want out.

So sit tight, observe, cheer, cry or scream whether they win or lose. It's only football.

 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark- knowledgable fans would agree with much of what you say. Reid has done a good job in certain areas, altho i think the praise should be spread around to Tom Heckert and Joe Banner as well. The eagles have generally done a good job drafting and evaluating talent.

The biggest complaint is that Reid is a poor game day coach. His playcalling is poor, he is slow to adjust to what is actually occurring in-game, he gets the plays in too slow which costs the team timeouts virtually every game, and they have never developed a no-huddle offense despite the obvious need for it.

These complaints have been the same for years, although the playcalling has never been as suspect as it is this year. Thus the bitching, which goes along with ugly defeats no matter who the coach is.

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not an Iggles fan. However, Reid is losing his grip. Westbrook is one of the top three weapons in the NFL. To fail to consistently get him the ball is ludicrous! McNabb will continue to struggle without the threat of a running game, regardless of his physical condition.

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is only one individual the Eagles can not afford to lose -- Andy Ried...little more delegation of offensive play calling responsibilities and a healthy McNabb will solve many of the issues...as for Westbrook and Owens, they can both walk, but will they command the salaries they think they can...and does it really matter? they both can be replaced through free agency.

 
At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please - keep Andy. If TO and Westbrook walk, lets bring in a REAL back - Edgerin James - and draft a burner reciever or two. We also need to fix the O and D lines.

 
At 10:52 PM, Anonymous patrick said...

while ar has the credentials, he cannot live off that forever. you may as well put a tape recording of him claiming "the loss was my fault; it was on me; we need to do better..QUIT talking about it and do it..and his clock management and getting plays in on time is ATROCIOUS...

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger The Mean Guy said...

"credentials"? who are you, ed wade? andy has more than credentials, he has a track record of success. i think he has earned at least the benefit of the doubt on this. even if this team were to go in the sh*tter this season, andy has earned the right to rebuild on his own terms. he is by far the best coach this team has ever had and i trust that he has a plan to right this ship.

 
At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frustrated fans???? are you serious? the Eagles have never had it so good... there are a lot of players out, which Ried can't control, the probowl quarter back is injured and not at his best. The Eagles may not make the post season this year, even if they finish bottom of the NFC East Andy Reid deserves Better... wake up Philly you have the best team, just not the best luck this year.

 
At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look i am not one to say that Andy needs to be fired..but dont give me that he picked donovan instead of ricky argument...because right now..we arent worried about what happened that far back..what we Eagles fans are concerned about now is whats going to happen from now on...and what my biggest critique of andy is...he doesnt use Westbrook enough in the RUNNING GAME...you wanna talk his personnnel moves...tell me..why sign Jon Runyan(devasting run blocker) then sign guys like Shaun Andrews(also good run blocker in college)..then try to make them Pass blockers 80 percent of the time????

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Big Mike said...

Andy's confidence in his "way" is becoming his undoing. This unflappability is great, it has been his strongest coaching asset, but can only be considered such if it pays off in the long run...so far, it has. Now though, it is beginning to wear thin and the Eagles (Andy) need to change a few things to keep from getting ripped into the whirlpool that is circling the drain. Where is Westbrook? They have a massive line. Why don't they run more (any) counters and traps? Westbrook would be a natural counter runner. Andy is going to have to be the guy to right the ship. After all, he is the skipper.

 

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