The Eagles were hyped as a Super Bowl team before the season. Instead, they’re losers. And Philadelphia fans are taking out their frustration on head coach Andy Reid.
As the Patriots throttle the Eagles today in Philadelphia, chants of “Fire Andy” have been heard at Lincoln Financial Field.
There was a time when firing Reid would have been unthinkable: Reid has the most regular-season wins of any coach in franchise history, the most playoff wins in franchise history and the highest winning percentage in franchise history. The Eagles have been one of the better teams in the league over the last dozen years, and Reid deserves the lion’s share of the credit for that.
But the Eagles aren’t even close to one of the better teams in the league this year, the popular idea before the season that they’d be Super Bowl contenders seems foolish, and the infamous “Dream Team” nickname now looks like a bad joke. This team is a mess, and it’s largely a mess that Reid created. He’s not the only one who deserves blame, but the buck stops with him.
When this game ends the Eagles will be 4-7 and out of the playoff conversation. And it will be time to start a different conversation, one about the future of the franchise, and whether Reid will be part of that future.