Randy Rampage, on 07 December 2012 - 08:29 PM, said:
Jeff Lurie already has his excuses lined up for the press conference for keeping Andy Reid on the payroll. At this point, Reid isn't the problem. It's one Jeff Lurie, who lacks the spine and vision to get the Eagles over the hump. He's still partying like it's 2004, and his blind loyalty to Reid has put this franchise into a tailspin.
The fact is Lurie won't pay Reid $5.5 million to stay home while paying someone else. And besides, Reid won the most important title to Lurie: the salary cap bowl.
75]He isn't coming back. He knows he isn't coming back. You know he isn't coming back, so let the poor man present Lurie with his sword next month in peace.
75]Much is being made of the fact that Reid keeps pulling levers, pushing buttons, trying to pull the plane out of its dive even though both engines and the tail have fallen off. What do you expect him to do? We're talking about Andy Reid. He takes it one game at a time, always. On Wednesday, he is always "looking forward to the challenge" of playing the fill-in-the-blanks. After each game, he starts with "injuries." He has a contract through 2013. He will coach that way, until someone tells him to stop. Wow, such a head-scratcher! I suspect most people understand this and are only pretending they don't to relieve the tedium of 3-9.
75]Let's review the record here: Owner said last January that an 8-8 season with a team he thought was loaded was "unacceptable," season was "ludicrous," he was giving long-tenured, successful coach one more chance. In August, after coach's agent implied owner would keep coach around no matter what, owner came out and forcefully said that wasn't the case. He said he needed to see "substantive progress" from 8-8.
75]Lurie's manner was almost exasperated, as Lurie fielded questions about what this or that scenario might change his criteria for Reid to stay. We twisted his arm into "well, if everybody on the team got injured, then . . . " but he didn't even bring that up himself. (And injuries are not the main reason the Eagles are 3-9. Nobody believes that.) His subtext was clear: "I swear to God I will fire him if I have to. Really. Don't worry about it. Last year's reprieve was a onetime thing. If it doesn't work in 2012, he's gone."