It was quite another day at the office for Reid, McNabb, and the rest of the Eagles Crew, wasn’t it? Such a putrid performance, combined with a heavy dose of Reid/McNabb drama, was bound to draw immediate national attention. After watching the game with my friend, The Pundit, and realizing that everybody from here to Alaska is commenting on the situation (Editor’s note: Though not Sarah Palin, because she’s more of a hockey mom), I decided to throw in my two cents. Thus, I present my rebuttal to The Pundit’s previous farewell post.
AND I PROCLAM:
Firing Andy Reid would be a mistake, plain and simple. The guy may have an ineffective system right now (Editor’s note: Exactly!), but he is a good coach that knows how to win in the NFL. Stripping him of his GM powers may be a step in a positive direction, but ditching the best coach in Eagles history? I don’t think so.
Before The Pundit went to the dark side and threw Andy under the bus, he did an article comparing him to Jeff Fisher. Like Reid, Fisher had some troubles of his own in 2004 and 2005 with the Titans, going 5-11 and 4-12 in those seasons. At that point, Fisher had an MVP-caliber quarterback in Steve McNair, who took a lot of flack for the Titans’ lack of consistency after previous dominance, similar to the Reid / McNabb dynamic. Fisher survived a nasty fallout between the organization and quarterback Steve McNair (despite all that McNair had done for the team).
After such previous success, I’m sure Fisher was under the same kind of heat as Reid. Well, maybe the flames are higher in the 215, as Philadelphians are rather relentless and excessive in their criticism of the Eagles (Editor’s note: It be rowdy in the 215, yo). I’m sure there are folks like that down in Nashville, but I think Fisher was able to sleep at night without the concern of an angry mob of torch-brandishing fans knocking on his door at 2 AM. (Editor’s note: I went to the Home Depot off Columbus the other day, looking for a torch, and they were all sold out. Damn angry mob bought them all).
Ah, the Philadelphian: what he lacks in mercy, he makes up for in passion.
Regardless, Fisher was definitely on the hot seat in 2006, but was given one more chance to make things happen, especially after drafting Vince Young with the 3rd overall pick (Editor’s note: Be a Fisher of men). The Titans went 8-8 that year, and haven’t looked back. (Editor’s note: Does Kevin Kolb strike anyone as an effective scrambler?) And think, Fisher had a quarterback controversy of his own this fall, and he’s dealt with it in stride, leading the AFC with a 10-1 record. (Editor’s note: I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that the Titans have an extremely reliable running attack, one they employ more than 35% of the time).
I’m saying this in support of Andy Reid, because he, like Fisher, deserves a chance to show people he still knows what he’s doing. That being said, I am still upset with Reid. His system needs to change now, from player personnel to strategy.
Fortunately, this will happen whether or not Reid is sent packing. The Eagles organization will be looking to step back and evaluate the entire franchise this offseason. I’m sure Jeffrey Lurie is intent on getting the Eagles back to the “golden standard” of old, and giving Reid one more season to do this would be a wise move.
And being that I bleed blue and white, I’ve seen and heard this angry riot before with Joe Paterno. And then I saw JoePa and Penn State storm back with 4 straight top 25 seasons, 2 Big Ten titles, 3 bowl wins, and 40 regular season wins. (Editor’s note: Fair enough, though Joe Paterno had already won 2 National Championships and won more games than any other coach in Division 1-A history. People should’ve kept JoePa’s name outta their mouths).
The McNabb debacle is its own thing. Reid fucked up when he decided to have QB coach Pat Shurmur break the news to Donovan at halftime that he wouldn’t be starting the second half on Sunday. Reid’s gotta grow a set and learn how to handle the ice-cold business aspects of the NFL.
But keeping McNabb on the bench would be in Reid’s best interest. Get Kolb out there and see what our team can do. I respect McNabb just as much now as I ever have, but if now is the time to move on to a new QB, then so be it. Sorry Don, we drafted Kolb for a reason, and your seven turnovers in two games just isn’t cutting it. I mean, neither were the two picks Kolb threw against the Ravens, but we’ll chalk them up to growing pains.
Change needs to come to the NovaCare Complex, but hear me out: It’s not yet time to part with Andy Reid.