One Very Simple Case For Ending the Andy Reid Era

One Very Simple Case For Ending the Andy Reid Era

Know what I'm tired of hearing? Arguments in favor of firing Andy Reid.

Not because I disagree. In fact, I think all this nonsense in the media about Reid coming back next year is pure crazy talk. There is no way he survives this. None -- and he shouldn't*.

I'm sick of it because it's become a tired, uninspired echo. "Andy Reid needs to go because of his play calling. The arrogance of his personnel decisions can't be defended. The locker room needs a new voice after so long. He has to take to the bullet for promoting Juan Castillo. He's a big, fat dummy."

"Andy Reid should be fired because he hasn't won a Super Bowl in 13 seasons." The truth is, Reid is likely finished here because the results simply aren't there anymore.

This situation doesn't require professional psycho-analysis. We don't need a self-professed expert to take us through the pros and cons of making a head coaching change.

All we have to do is look at what the Eagles have accomplished since reaching the big game in 2004.

2005: missed playoffs
2006: lost in divisional round
2007: missed playoffs
2008: lost NFC Championship
2009: lost in wild card round
2010: lost in wild card round
2011: 4-8, almost a lock to miss the playoffs

In the last seven seasons, the Eagles have had one legitimate contender. We can define what a contender is in various manners, but once the dust had settled, only the '08 team had a real great shot at winning a Super Bowl.

Jeff Garcia was at the helm in '06, and while they were only a play or two away from another conference championship game, even had they somehow sneaked into the Super Bowl, the Colts trounced them earlier.

In '09 and '10, they had fundamentally flawed teams. First, Donovan McNabb was clearly declining, practically incapable of winning them close games against difficult opponents. Last season, they had gaping holes at several positions.

Now they are 4-8, and have pretty much cemented missing the postseason altogether for the third time in seven seasons -- nearly half. They only have playoff wins in two others.

For my first ever post on this site, I wrote following the '07 campaign the Birds were closer to winning a championship than people thought at the time. Next season, they came within one game of getting back to football's biggest stage.

Andy Reid will lose his job because the Eagles are going in the opposite direction now, moving farther from contention with each passing year.

What else matters?

* Provided they don't steal an improbable playoff berth and rack up at least one or two post-season victories. Hey, the Cowboys and Giants aren't exactly putting the division away.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

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This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

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• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson, Wendell Smallwood back at practice

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson, Wendell Smallwood back at practice

Right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood were both back at Eagles practice Tuesday.
 
Johnson missed the Panthers game with a concussion he suffered against Cardinals, and Smallwood missed the last two games after hurting his knee against the Chargers.
 
Practice was closed Tuesday and the Eagles are not required to release an injury report until Thursday because of the long week, but a team official confirmed that Johnson practiced — which means he was cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol by an approved neurosurgeon.
 
Johnson was not in the locker room during the period it was open to the media, but Smallwood said he did practice without limitations and hopes to play against the Redskins Monday night.
 
"It's been coming along," Smallwood said. "Felt good these past couple days, since really after the Carolina game it started feeling good. I was full-go today, I practiced with the guys. ... I wasn't limited at all. It really didn't bother me much. I felt good today. Hopefully, later on in the week, I'll feel better as the week goes and I'll be playing Monday. I think I should be ready."
 
Smallwood rushed for 113 yards with a 3.9 average and caught seven passes for 56 yards in four games before getting hurt early in the Chargers game.
 
"Wendell obviously brings a lot to the table," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "He's that thrashing, downhill runner. He's got some explosiveness. He's a three-down back, he's good out of the backfield, he's really good in protection. It brings all those things."
 
Smallwood said he played "on adrenaline" with the injury but said his knee swelled up during the game.
 
Injuries have married Smallwood's career. He missed the last three games last year with a knee injury and missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury.
 
"I get frustrated a lot when I'm not in the game, not being out there to help and progress as the year goes on," he said. "So it frustrates me.
 
"But it happens. I've just got to suck it up and not pay attention to it. Just know I can bounce back and just try to get on the field as fast as I can."
 
Smallwood said he expects to be 100 percent Monday night in a huge divisional game against the Redskins at the Linc.
 
"I believe so," he said. "I'm not going to hold back any. I'm not going to think about it or get nervous. I have that confidence in myself. As the week's gone on, I just started feeling better about what I'm able to do."

Also, rookie cornerback Sidney Jones, who became eligible to practice Wednesday after spending the first six weeks on the reserve-non football injury list, said he did not practice. Jones has been out since suffering a torn Achilles at his pro day in March.