Philadelphia Eagles: Andy Reid is Done

By Timothy Holland
Howard Smith- US PRESSWIRE

If Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid was not going to be fired before Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys he will be now. The Eagles are finished and Reid is done.

With the 38-23 loss Philadelphia’s record fell to 3-6. The Eagles have lost five straight games for the first time in Reid’s 14 year career. Philadelphia is now tied for last place in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins.

The Eagles were beaten in every phase of the game Sunday. They gave up touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. Dallas scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Turnovers which have plagued the team all year led to scores on an interception return and fumble recovery.

It did not help the Eagles that quarterback Michael Vick suffered a concussion in the second quarter and was lost for the game. He was replaced by the man many Philadelphia fans have been calling for all season in Nick Foles. Foles did well enough to give the Eagles a 17-10 lead in the third quarter. However, he threw a fourth quarter interception that was returned for six which gave Dallas a 31-17 lead and all but sealed Philadelphia’s fate.

The Eagles have become as bad as some of the teams which used to play in old Veteran’s Stadium. In the 1970’s fans called them the Beagles and said they played like dogs. From 1960 to 1977 Philadelphia failed to make the post season. It looks like they are not going to make it in 2012 either.

Reid has had a wonderful career with the Eagles. He has more wins than any coach in franchise history with 216. Reid and Dick Vermeil are the only coaches to win an NFC championship with Philadelphia. From 2001 to 2004, Reid took the Eagles to four straight conference championship games. He took them to another in 2008.

Reid and the Eagles have won 10 or more games three times since 2005. They have had only one losing season in that time. Philadelphia made the playoffs every season from 2008 to 2010.

However, Reid has not been able to get Philadelphia back to the Super Bowl. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie has stuck with Reid, but his patience is wearing thin. Before the 2012 season started Lurie said that Reid would have to win 10 games in order to keep his job.

As time ran out Sunday fans in Philadelphia could see the season slipping away on the 2012 Eagles. With seven games to go it will take a miracle for them to make the playoffs.

It will take a miracle for Reid to save his job as well and this does not seem likely. By January, he will be gone.

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