There has been plenty of chatter regarding the parallel futures of head coaches Andy Reid and Norv Turner with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers respectively. While not much has gone right for either one during the bulk of the 2012 season, both teams delivered impressive road victories in week 14 which raises a very important question. If the Chargers and Eagles both win out, is it possible they could save their coaches from the firing squad?
For the Eagles, it appears the standards were set prior to season beginning when owner Jeffrey Lurie said that Reid had to do better than the team’s 8-8 record in 2011. It is impossible for that to happen with Philly already sitting with nine losses, but if he sees some of the young talent on the team like Nick Foles and Bryce Brown showing potential, could he reconsider? It seems highly unlikely because owners of teams don’t get to be owners because they waffle on their decision making. Don’t expect him to waiver when it comes to turning the page on a decade-plus of Reid roaming the sidelines in Philly.
With Norv Turner and the Chargers, team owner/President Dean Spanos came out after the report surfaced about him having made his decision to let Turner go already and said emphatically that he would make those determinations when the season had ended. That certainly planted the seed of doubt into the minds of many fans desperate to push Turner out the door. Still the Bolts’ playoff hopes are all but extinguished and despite showing up in one game, it doesn’t seem realistic to expect that for three more weeks given their injury issues.
These two are obviously connected for another reason as many have speculated that if the Eagles do decide to move on from Reid and the Chargers axe Turner, the Bolts could snag the old Philly leader up in a heartbeat. His connections to southern California are obvious being born and raised in the area and Reid still has a home halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The fit makes too much sense not to at least be discussed and his ability to take team deep into the postseason has to be appealing to a Chargers franchise which hasn’t even sniffed the playoffs in three years.
This situation may be far from over, but when that little bit of doubt creeps in about the presumed inevitable conclusion for both Reid and Turner, that gets fans anxious. In a nutshell, don’t expect anything dramatic from either of these two teams down the stretch. Both are dealing with significant injury problems and even though they did notch impressive victories one week, they could just as easily fall flat the next and bring the chorus of boo-birds back to full volume.
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