With the Eagles’ bye week a distant memory, the question becomes whether a week with one extra day in it will result in a coaching change.
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Andy Reid will remain the head coach when the Eagles host the Panthers next Monday night in a game that will be worth watching only to see how loud and demonstrative the fans will be regarding the belief that Reid should be released.
Though it remains highly unlikely that owner Jeffrey Lurie will fire Reid during the season, the end could come after a Week 15 Thursday nighter against the Bengals — if the Eagles continue both to lose and to look less than competitive in the process. A change then would give Philly three extra days to prepare for season-ending division games against the Redskins and Giants.
The biggest impediment to an in-season change could be the absence of a clear-cut interim hire. With defensive coordinator Todd Bowles conjuring memories of the good old days, when the defense lost games in the fourth quarter not the first, and with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg still tainted by his decision to choose to kick off in sudden-death overtime, there’s really no one to whom the whistle could be handed.