Andy Reid likely has coached his final game as Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, after a listless effort by the Birds resulted in a 42-7 thumping at the hands of the New York Giants.
If there were any doubt remaining that Andy Reid would be relieved of his duties by the Eagles on Monday, it was washed way by Sunday’s lack of effort shown by his football team in the season finale against the Giants.
Reid is set to met with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday, but it appears the result of that meeting will be a pink slip for the longest tenured Head Coach in the NFL following a resounding 42-7 thumping at the hands of the Giants at Metlife Stadium.
Philadelphia opened the game with an onside kick, identical to the way Reid’s second season opened against the Cowboys, and much like it was 15 years ago, it was recovered by the Birds on Sunday.
Unfortunately for Reid, though, it was all downhill for Philadelphia from there.
Four plays after the opening kickoff gamble paid off, Michael Vick and the offense squandered any momentum that it gained by tossing the quarterback’s tenth interception of the season into the waiting hands of Giants safety Stevie Brown.
On the Giants ensuing possession, New York scored it’s first of three unanswered touchdowns when Eli Manning spotted a wide open Ruben Randle in the back of the end zone. Randle’s touchdown represented the 135th points allowed by the Eagles off a turnover this season. For those keeping score at home, the Eagles turnover ratio finished this season at (-24), good for the 10th worst in league history thanks to an astounding 33 turnovers since the start of the 2011 season and the turnover ratio over that span is (-36).
The Giants scored on five of their first six possessions in the first half.
“Some bad things happened [today],” Reid said afterwards. “And we weren’t able to recover from it.”
If anything was evident on Sunday, it was abundantly clear that the Eagles showed little effort and little pride in the finale of a season that has long been lost.
Philadelphia finally pulled itself off the canvas and scored it’s first and only points of the game with 12:06 remaining in the second quarter when Vick hit Jeremy Maclin in the back of the end zone culminating an 11 play scoring drive.
To add insult to insult, Alex Henery badly flubbed a 26-yard field goal in the waning moments of the first half.
The Eagles trailed the Giants 35-7 at halftime, which represents the team’s largest first half deficit since December 5th 2005 against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Manning was surgical in the first half, completing 11 of 16 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns to go with a QB Rating of 150.
Manning ultimately finished with 208 yards and five touchdowns on 13-21 passing.
Conversely, Vick likely made his final start in an Eagles uniform and finished 9-18 for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a little over three quarters of action before being pulled in favor of Trent Edwards with seven minutes remaining.
Vick signed as a free agent with the Eagles prior to the 2009 season, and is just 12-22 as a starter since leading the team to the postseason in 2010.
The Eagles struggles on defense were typified by Nnamdi Asomugha’s poor performance that resulted in two first half penalties, 59 yards allowed and two touchdowns. Early in the fourth quarter, Asomugha accrued his third interference penalty and was benched in favor of Curtis Marsh.
Asomugha’s future with the team is certainly in doubt after a disastrous two-year tenure. Signed in the offseason leading up to the 2011 season, Asomugha has become a frequent target of opposing quarterbacks and who’s play hasn’t justified his $15 million contract. Philadelphia can release him prior to next season and suffer only a $4 million cap hit.
Philadelphia’s offense struggled to get it’s footing and finished with only 317 yards of total offense.
Edwards, who hasn’t seen a snap of NFL action since 2010 saw the field for the Eagles against the Giants. The Birds emergency quarterback finished 2-2 for 14 yards.
One bright spot for the Eagles this season has been the play of rookie Fletcher Cox who was sidelined with a concussion in week 17, but finished the year with 32 tackles and a team leading 5.5 sacks. The Eagles certainly missed Cox on Sunday as the Giants piled up 185 yards on the ground, many of which straight through the heart of the Birds defensive line.
Philadelphia rattled off four straight wins to close the 2011 season, rallying around Reid in hopes of preserving his job for a 14th season.
“I haven’t gone there yet, I’ll meet with Jeffrey tomorrow,” Reid said when asked about his future. “I’ve loved every minute I’ve had coaching the Philadelphia Eagles and I’m all in [if given the chance to return next season].”
Assuming that Reid is relieved of his duties by Lurie in the coming days, he will finish his tenure in Philadelphia with a 130-93-1 record but only 10-9 in the postseason during his tenure that hasn’t seen a playoff berth in two seasons or win in the last four.
The Eagles effort on Sunday assures that there won’t be a 15th season in Philadelphia for the league’s longest tenured Head Coach.