Through all of the speculation and nonsense surrounding the job security of Philadelphia Eagles’ starting QB Michael Vick, have we all forgotten about the man who is truly hanging on by a thread?
It is a huge understatement to say that Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid is on the hot seat right now. It’s more like he’s sitting on top of a furnace, atop a stove, atop a fireplace.
Since the Eagles’ embarrassing 8-8 campaign last season, Philly fans nation-wide have been calling for Reid’s dismissal. And this isn’t the first time that the coach’s job has been called into question.
Reid and his Eagles lost three straight NFC Championships (2001-2003) before losing Super Bowl XXXIX (2004) against the New England Patriots. Former Eagles’ QB Donovan McNabb has shouldered much of the blame for these “close, but no cigar” campaigns, but Reid can not be excluded from criticism.
Ever since the Super Bowl XXXIX loss, the Eagles have only made it to the NFC Championship one time in seven seasons, and Reid’s job security has been a popular debate the entire time.
It seemed as if Vick’s surprise emergence as an elite quarterback in the 2010 season helped Reid hang on a little longer, but after the collapse of “The Dream Team” (thank you, Vince Young) last year, the coach really has no more wiggle-room.
It’s safe to say that both Vick and Reid are barely holding onto their current NFL occupations.
If Vick has one more bad game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 this Monday night, he is likely finished as an Eagle. And if Reid fails to make the playoffs again this year, there is absolutely no chance he will return next season.
Furthermore, if Vick does get benched following this Week 9 match-up, I see it as Eagles’ management taking a good look at QB Nick Foles for the future, as opposed to them actually believing the rookie can turn the season around.
But the way I see it, Reid should be much more concerned about keeping his own job than deciding if and when to make the change from Vick to Foles.
Because in reality, if Reid does make the swap at QB and essentially gives up on the season, the coach’s 14-year tenure with the Eagles will be over.
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