Brian Dawkins finished up his career as a member of the Broncos, but he had some pointed words for the coach of his previous team this week.
Dawkins was a guest on Rich Eisen’s podcast and the subject of Eagles coach Andy Reid’s future came up. Eisen asked Dawkins if Reid should feel like he’s on the hot seat entering the 2012 season.
“Yes, here’s the thing,” Dawkins said. “When you go out and you get some of the pieces that they got. That’s telling the fan base something. Even coming into this year … some of the things they’re doing this offseason, that’s telling the fan base something. You then have to show … what are you as a coach.”
It’s hard to disagree with Dawkins’ assessment. The Eagles seemed to consider making a change after the 2011 season and expectations aren’t going to be any lower than they were heading into last year.
The Eagles veered away from the big ticket acquisitions that generated much hype last summer and much disappointment during the regular season. Their focus was on signing DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy and using the draft to shore up the front seven on defense. Those moves won’t lead to anyone calling the Eagles the “Dream Team” this time around, but they should lead to a more balanced and more successful team.
If it doesn’t, Reid’s seat will be very hot and the Eagles could well find themselves looking for a head coach for the first time since 1999.