The Eagles got blown out of the building by the Redskins on Sunday, a result that was bad news for coach Andy Reid.
It’s now six straight losses for the Eagles and the margin of defeat keeps getting bigger. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that the team had to show substantial improvement for Reid to stick around beyond this year and a 3-7 record shows nothing positive on that front. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to one Eagles defender who asked to remain anonymous while saying that he thought this was the final nail in the coffin for Reid in Philly.
“I know it. I know it,” the player said. “And the only reason I’m here is because of Andy. Some vets have been talking about how the next [coach] may want his own guy.”
McLane reports two other Eagles shared that assessment and that all the Eagles he spoke to “remained fiercely loyal” to the head coach. That loyalty did not manifest itself on the field in terms of performance in Sunday’s 31-6 loss. The Eagles were barely in the game and it wouldn’t have made much difference if they hadn’t bothered showing up at all in the second half.
Lurie didn’t talk to the media after the game and has said in the past that he wouldn’t address Reid’s job until after the season. McLane points out that Lurie has never fired a coach in the middle of a season in the past, but one can see this situation reaching a point where it is better just to cut the cord now instead of having everyone waiting for the inevitable to happen.