Andy Reid Not On the Hot Seat Entering 2011 Season

Written By Bob Cunningham On Thursday, February 10, 2011
All the talk of Andy Reid and whether or not he's on the hot seat should stop.


I don't know if it's wishful thinking on the part of some delusional fans and media types, a way of creating a topic of conversation in a slow period, or maybe even plain stupidity, but there is no way Reid's job is in jeopardy in the near future.

And really, why should it? Yes, I know he has yet to bring the city a Super Bowl, but who exactly thinks making a change at head coach is going to bring that about any sooner?

I happen to be a fan of Jon Gruden, but is he a better coach than Reid? Is he going to do something so drastically different that will put this team over the top?

The realistic answer is probably not. Despite his love affair with the passing game, Reid has proven to be one of the best coaches in the league in terms of developing talent. Because of this talent, most of the teams under Reid have been overachievers.

Take this past season for example. Instead of marveling that this team went 10-6, the only thing we hear is how awful of a coach Reid is because the Eagles didn't do what Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were able to; forgetting along the way that Reid oversaw the development of Michael Vick becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the league and laying a foundation for a potential Super Bowl run in the near future.

Anyone who realistically expected this team to go 10-6 before the season was either high on homerism or overrated Kevin Kolb immensely. Either way, this was a team filled with enough talent for seven or eight wins and no more.

They won the amount of games they did because of Reid and what he did with Vick. He took them to the playoffs and were a couple of converted field goals away from beating the team that would go on to win the Super Bowl.

So remind me again why the team would even consider replacing him?

I'm not here to say Reid is the perfect coach because there are several things he does that I would do different from the play-calling to the personnel, but there is no real argument to be made that another coach could best what Reid has done in Philadelphia recently or over the span of his career.

At the very least, Reid has two more years left to run the show. His contract is up in 2013, but teams usually don't allow a coach to enter his contract year -- they're either extended or fired.

For Reid to be fired, it would take an implosion of epic proportions to the tune of a 4-12 season and a complete and total regression of Vick and the defense -- something even the Reid detractors cannot say with a straight face they expect.

Take this to the bank: when the Reid era ends in Philadelphia, it will end because Reid has decided it should.

2 Response to "Andy Reid Not On the Hot Seat Entering 2011 Season"

  1. keith Said,

    I 100% agree with you on that


  2. Reid is the best coach in the league 6 days a week. And is a horrible game day coach. If he were made the GM that would do wonders for the team, as he could continue to draft well for the team. Gruden is a far superior game day coach and could improve our lackluster defense. It's truly a shame that this rumor had to be disproven. Too good to be true.


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