Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid is in his 13th season at the helm with the Eagles, and while this season may not be the first in which fans have questioned whether or not Reid should return for another season, it is looking more and more like it could be the last. The Eagles are off to a 3-6 start after an off-season that many believed cemented the Eagles as the one team who would give the Green Bay Packers a legit threat in the NFC. They have blown five fourth-quarter leads thus far, including four of which have come on their home turf. They are coming off a loss to an Arizona Cardinals team that was led by backup quarterback John Skelton, and with DeSean Jackson getting restless about his contract situation, Andy Reid may not only be losing games, but he may be in jeopardy of losing the locker room as well.
The Eagles are not simply losing games to teams that are better than them. They are being out-coached, out-played and embarrassed. After each stunning, fourth-quarter loss, Andy Reid tells us and the rest of the media that he has to do a better job, but how much longer does he have to do that? The Eagles are now 3-9 in their last 12 games under Reid (including the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers last season) and they are a lowly 1-7 in their last eight games at Lincoln Financial Field.
Perhaps more than ever, Reid's unwillingness to run the ball despite having one of the top running backs in the entire NFL was evident in Sunday's 21-17 loss to Arizona. In a game in which DeSean Jackson was suspended for missing a team meeting and Jeremy Maclin was in-and-out due to injury, LeSean McCoy was handed the ball just 14 times, despite the Eagles having the lead for most of the game. A game in which the Eagles were down their top two wide receivers, their running back, who came into the game leading the NFL in rushing, had just 14 carries.
The boos rained down on Andy Reid and his Eagles on Sunday afternoon after yet another stunning loss. Andy Reid's success with the Eagles is undeniable. He has had just two losing seasons in Philadelphia prior to 2011 and has led the Eagles to the post-season in nine of his 12 years as head coach. However, his stubbornness to change his ways, like passing the ball when he has no reason not to hand it off to McCoy, and his could-not-care-less demeanor in his press conferences is finally wearing down on a fan base that is tired of getting its hopes up.
At 3-6, the season that was one of such promise is most definitely already over. Andy Reid has become notorious for turning seasons around and coming on strong in the second half, but this time the hole that he has dug for himself may be too deep for even him to climb out of. The Eagles are dead-last in the NFC East and they are three games behind the division-leading New York Giants who they face next weekend. The questions have surrounded Reid before, but this time, the questions are more than warranted and it feels as if the writing is on the wall.
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