Whether you agree with it or not, Andy Reid will return as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. Jeffery Lurie made this announcement at his press conference this week, and it didn’t really come as much of a surprise.
Lurie still believes in Reid, but he made it very clear how disappointed he was about this season, calling it the most disappointing season since he has owned the team. His words were strong, they were honest and agreeable.
Come next season, we’ll see Reid back on the sideline but I think one thing will be a lot different. That will be the length of the leash the front office has on Reid.
When the Eagles were collapsing earlier in the season and the hot seat started heating up, one thing seemed very clear. The continuation of the Reid era in Philadelphia was in jeopardy, but Big Red had a pass for the rest of the season. There would be no firing midseason.
Is that something he earned while being here? Depends who you ask. I don’t expect there to be complete agreement on this, but that’s irrelevant. Reid is still here. If you thought he should have been fired during the season or that some NFC Championship and Super Bowl losses shouldn’t earn you a free pass, it doesn’t matter.
If you watched or even just heard about Lurie’s press conference, the overall tone was pretty clear. The 8-8 season this team put together was simply unacceptable. The expectations were high. They weren’t meant. There is plenty of blame to be spread around, but at the end of the day, it falls to the top.
So here we are, back at the top with Reid. The owner has put him in the position to call the shots and lead this team to the Super Bowl. Like every year, the expectations will be high. It seems just like any other year.
However, I truly believe this is it. This is the do or die season. One last run with Reid. Start the season off slow, hit the unemployment line.
Lurie thinks Reid can do it, but he’s clearly frustrated. Reid won’t have the type of leeway he’s had in the past. He’s going to be under the microscope from day one. The bar has never been set higher for the coach.
Time to man up Andy, this is your last chance.