Andy Reid walked off the field at MetLife Stadium following a 42-7 loss to the Giants that ended his tenure as Eagles Head Coach.
After dropping 11 of their final 12 games, including an undressing at the hands of the Giants to close out the season, Andy Reid’s tenure as Eagles Head Coach has come to an end.
For 14 seasons Reid patrolled the Eagles sidelines and built the franchise into a perennial playoff contender during the first six years of his tenure, with the apex being a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. However, since that Super Bowl run, Reid’s teams have fallen on hard times as the longest tenured coach in the NFL compiled a 30-30 overall record in his final 60 games without a playoff win to show for it.
The simple fact of the matter is that the Philadelphia Eagles for the past four seasons haven’t resembled the teams that made trips to the NFC Championship a rite of passage from 2001-2004. Gone were the character players such as Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and others, replaced by a group of veteran NFL mercenaries such as Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and others that were never able to replicate the environment of success that permeated through the Novacare Complex during the first half of Reid’s regime.
As the architect, Reid was never able to turn the roster over in the second half of his career thanks in large part to free agency mistakes and miscalculations in the draft such as drafting Danny Watkins in the first round in 2010, reaching for the likes of Jaiqaun Jarrett
After one final march to the NFC title game in 2008, the Eagles failed to win a playoff game over each of the last four seasons and finished with a 12-20 record over the last two seasons with a disastrous (-36) turnover ratio over that time.
Multiple sources say that Reid was notified of his fate prior to Sunday’s 42-7 loss to the Giants that saw a complete lack of effort from nearly ever veteran player on the roster. However, owner Jeffrey Lurie is scheduled to meet with Reid this morning to formally discuss the situation.
“I have a lot of respect for Jeff Lurie. I go in with eyes wide open,” Reid said afterwards. “Either way I understand.”
Several names have emerged from the Eagles potential list of candidates to replace Reid including Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, and others among them. O’Brien has what is believed to be an $8 million buyout in his contract and just finished his first season at the helm for the Nittany Lions overseeing a dramatic turnaround following the devastating NCAA sanctions to the program and fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.
For the Eagles, though, the countdown to Reid’s dismissal was on before this season even began and intensified with each passing loss.
Lurie said in August that a “substantial improvement” from last season’s 8-8 finish would be required in 2013 for Reid to return for a 15th season, and a 4-12 finish falls woefully short of those expectations.
A dark cloud hovered over Reid and the Eagles from the very beginning of this season when the Coach’s eldest son, Garrett, passed away in the dorms of Lehigh University during Training Camp after an accidental heroin overdose. Reid missed just two days of practice before returning to the team.
On the field, it was a season marred by missed opportunities and too many mistakes. During the bye week Reid fired Juan Castillo, his longest tenured assistant, from the defensive coordinator post that he promoted him to from offensive line coach less than 18 months prior. Later, Reid released one of the team’s prized, yet underachieving, offseason additions from 2011 Jason Babin. Jim Washburn was zipped as defensive line coach as well after the flaws in his wide-nine alignment created a trickle down effect of struggles to the rest of the defense.
It’s difficult to remember, but this team started the season 3-1 but then didn’t win again until a week 14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That was Andy Reid’s final win as Eagles Head Coach.
There have been rumors swirling that Reid could be promoted to a front office position, but that is difficult to envision with Howie Roseman in place as General Manager and likely charged with rebuilding the roster in the post-Reid era.
“I’ll coach next year,” Reid said Friday. “It’s what I do. I’d love to coach here, but I will coach somewhere next season.”
Reid’s tenure with the Eagles ends with a 130-93-1 regular season record (.583), and a 10-9 playoff record.
While Reid’s era in Philadelphia will go down as one of the brightest in the history of the franchise, there certainly is an empty feeling given that it finished without the team hoisting the Lombardi trophy over a nearly decade and a half run.