It’s that time of year in the football season when head coaches start to topple like drunken sailors. We’ve already seen more than a handful of coaches get pink-slipped in the college football ranks and there are several NFL head coaches who are sure to be jobless by the end of the season.
One of those coaches is Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, and while it’s true that the Eagles have had a far less than successful season compared to expectations, the fans in the city of brotherly love need to put away their pitchforks and burning torches and let the mob disperse.
With the death of his son in the preseason and the litany of injuries that have plagued the Eagles all year, Andy Reid never really stood a chance in 2012. Now the fans in Philadelphia have turned on Reid and are calling for him to be fired immediately, if not sooner.
The cries for blood from the Philadelphia fan base when it comes to Reid are both disgraceful and disturbing. It’s not like Reid is a guy who’s been there for a few years and just never got the job done. He has been the Eagles head coach since 1999 and in that time he led the Eagles to six division championships, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl.
He was named Sporting News Coach of the Year and Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year in 2000 and AP Coach of the Year, Sporting News Coach of the Year, Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year and Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year in 2002.
I think some credentials were earned in his time with the Eagles and along with that, some respect.
There’s no disputing that the Eagles have had a terrible season so far, and that to some extent, Reid’s coaching and decisions have had something to do with it. But that doesn’t mean fans should disrespect and shred the man who took their team and built it up into a perennial contender. For fans to boo and shamelessly toss insults at a coach who has put their organization before practically everything in his life is yet another classless act by the fans of a city who have become synonymous with classless acts.
There’s probably no stopping Andy Reid from being fired as the Eagles head coach at this point, but the fans need to not only let him go with his head held high for all he has accomplished there, but they should give him a rousing ovation and then get down on their knees and pray that the next head coach is half the man that they had in him.
Just remember, Eagles fans – be careful what you wish for.