Last March, Eagles fans all throughout the country cringed at the fact that the heart and soul of the Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, had just left his home for the Denver Broncos. This really left a bad taste in mouths of Eagles fans and was a terrible PR move. As the saying goes though, you live and you learn. This has been evident in the signings that have taken place thus far in the season. Let’s take a look at some of the uncharacteristic signings this season.
Today, it has been announced that Andy Reid has signed a three year extension, bringing his commitment to the Eagle to 2013. This will be a bit of a controversial topic amongst fans because Andy has never truly won the “big game”. I am a bit surprised that the extension of Andy came during the season and would have liked for the season to play itself out before making this decision. No one can argue that Andy has completely changed the face of the Eagles since coming to the team in 1999. Andy Reid has done a tremendous job during the regular season, but it remains to be seen if he can bring Philadelphia a Super Bowl. Andy’s 11 year run is currently only second to Jeff Fisher of the Titans, who has been there since 1994.
I do like the extension for the sole reason that this team is not in a rebuilding mode. Andy faces his fair share of criticism and he needs to improve on his play calling and in game adjustments, but he has been a winner during his time here. Andy has a career coaching record of 105-66-1 (.614) and a record of 10-7 (.588) in the playoffs.
Another way to examine the success is by taking a look at Andy’s coaching tree. Brad Childress – Head Coach of Minnesota Vikings; John Harbaugh – Head Coach of Baltimore Ravens; Steve Spagnuolo – Head Coach of St. Louis Rams. That is pretty impressive.
Brent Celek has shown his worth in this Eagles’ offense and was rewarded with an 8-year $34 million contract. Celek has emerged as a top tight end in the league and is the blue-collar athlete that Philly fans truly love.
In late November, the Eagles announced a surprise extension to offensive lineman, Winston Justice. Set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, Winston agreed to a 4-year $18 million contract. This should finally solidify the right tackle position. Justice has played very well this season during the absence of injury-prone, Shawn Andrews.
Prior to the season, Donovan agreed to restructure the last two years of his contract worth $24.5 million. Like Andy, Donovan has been the center piece of the Eagles success during this last decade. While this was not an extension, it was clear the Eagles wanted to make Donovan happy. Depending on the outcome of this season, you have to wonder if McNabb will receive a contract extension.
Future of the Birds
It seems that the Eagles are trying to avoid players from testing free agency and let’s hope they have learned from their dismal attempt to sign Dawkins. This team has a great mix of new faces and seasoned veterans to continue their success towards a championship ring. While Andy may not be most fundamentally sound coach, he knows what it takes to get a victory in this league. He has shown some willingness to adjust in the draft by selecting offensive weapons for McNabb. Now let’s hope he can make the correct changes on the field with his time management and play calling to finally bring home a Super Bowl.
What are your thoughts on the extension of Big Red?