Is Eagle HC Reid on the hot seat?

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Several months ago on NFLDraftDog.com I mentioned that Eagles HC Reid was on the hot seat.  This
was just one more example of my information and instincts being right.  More than a year before OC Weis left the
Chiefs for a lateral move to the OC spot at Florida, I reported that there was a conflict between him and HC Haley.

Last Sunday, a local Philly paper reported that the Reid era of the Eagles may be coming to an end.  There
are several reasons that is happening.   First, and most significant, there is a growing split between Eagle
owner Jeffrey Lurie and HC Reid.  The clearest evidence of that split was the issue of the starting QB between Mike
Vick and Kevin Kolb.  Reid named Kolb the starter for the 2010 season.  When he got hurt Vick became an exciting fan favorite.
But Reid announced that when Kolb recovered he would regain his starting spot.  Less than a week after that Vick
was named the starter for the rest of the season.  As the 2011 season finally got underway, Kolb was traded to the Cards and the spitting contest between the owner and coach over this issue was settled.

But there are other reasons that the relationship is cooling.  While Reid has led his team to multiple NFC Championships, he has gotten to only 1 Super Bowl which he lost.  While some blame the talent and tendency of long time QB McNabb to perform under pressure, others say that Reid was outcoached by the opponent.

To try and get over Lurie has gone all in this season.  As I was the first to report on my radio show before the lockout was over, he committed to spend the money on UFA QB Vick, all pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha,  WRs Sinorice Moss and ex-Giant Steve Smith, RB Ronnie Brown, DL Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, TE Donald Lee  and backup QB Vince Young.  The feeling in Philly is that now Reid has all the toys he needs to win it all.
But it takes a lot more than talent to win in the NFL.  It also requires teamwork.  It is clear that there is a team chemistry
issue with the Eagles.  Now the team is 1-3 with a very tough game tomorrow at 3-1 Buffalo.

But there is another reason that coaches’ lose their jobs after 10 years or so that is unique to pro football.
In high school and college ball, every year a new group of players comes into the program and the oldest guys
leave.  That keeps the coach’s messages and techniques relatively fresh due to the turnover.  However, in the NFL key players often stay
for 8 or more years.  Even the best coach can lose the ear and the heart of long term players after a while.  Even Bill Parcells  admitted that 10 years is about the limit of how long a coach in the NFL can be effective.   Reid has been the Eagles HC for 13 seasons.

So unless the Birds turn things around and get to a Super Bowl don’t be surprised if Reid is not the HC in 2012.

That is what I think.
Tell us what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color
on radio for
college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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Tuesday QB—Projecting the playoffs at the 3/4th pole.

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AFC Seeds

  1. Colts At 12-0 there is little chance anyone will beat the Colts for home field.

  2. Chargers SD has a lead over Cincy in the AFC record. If SD can beat Cincy at home in week 15 they will clinch this spot.

  3. Patriots The loss to Miami last week eliminated any chance of the Pats to avoid the Wild Card round but they have an easy schedule the rest of the way. Their key game will be in week 17 against the Jags who might be fighting for a playoff spot themselves.

  4. Bengals  Cincy has the toughest remaining schedule of the top 4. I can’t see them winning at the Vikes and then at the Chargers to win the 2nd spot. Instead, they will likely lose both and end up in the 4th spot even if they can beat the Jets.

  5. Broncos Denver will probably lose 2 out of their 3 games left winning only against Oakland but their hot start has kept them in the race. They will lose to the Colts and the Eagles but hang on by a fingernail to the 5th spot.

  6. Jags or Ravens The Jags have a 1 game lead in the overall standings and 2 in the Conference loss column over the Ravens but the Jags have to play Indy at home and NE on the road. I expect them to lose both giving them a 9-7 record with an 8-4 within the AFC. I project the Ravens to have the identical records in both. The playoff spot will be determined by net points within the conference.

NFC Seeds

  1. Saints The only threat to a 16-0 record for the Saints will be the home game against what by then should be a crumbling Cowboy team in week 15. Other than that and some new injuries, this Saints team could march through the schedule unbeaten. To insure home field throughout the playoffs, they will have to be prefect.

  2. Vikings If the Vikes get by Cincy next week at home, they should go the rest of the way without another loss. They will have to face the Saints in the playoffs at NO and that won’t be easy. Arizona showed the path to beating the Vikes last week by running multiple crossing patterns against the Vike zone.

  3. Cardinals only if Warner stays healthy The Cards are the toughest team to project because they look like world champs one week only to look just weak the next. But they have the easiest schedule with a game at SF and DT and games at home against the Rams and the Pack. Only the Packers are good enough to beat them with a healthy Warner but anything can happen.

  4. NFC (L)East team This had better be the Boys unless Coach Phillips wants to be unemployed and see Jones tear the team apart and put it back together crooked. The Eagles look like the team to beat for the 4th spot with a shot at sneaking into #3 if they win out. I project them at #4

  5. Packers The Pack could end up with the 3rd best record in the conference but can’t catch the Vikes for the division crown. They will be a tough out in the playoffs.

  6. The loser of the Eagles/Cowboys fight for the NFC Least title. This division has been a major disappointment this season. The Giants have a chance to overtake the Cowboys because they hold the tiebreaker.

Around the NFL

Weis is dialing for dollars.

Ex ND coach Weis is making the rounds of teams that might be looking for an Off Coordinator. Reportedly he visited the Bears yesterday and is scheduled to be in Cleveland today. There are rumors that he may be named OC this week replacing the often criticized Brian Daboll. Weis coached QB Quinn at ND and may be hired just as a consultant to help his development.

Cleveland owner Lerner backing off his “football Czar” talk.

After a particularly disgusting series of losses, Learner told the press he was going to look for an experienced NFL guy to oversee the operation. After a couple of games that were 2 bottle of Tums disgusting, he has not mentioned it since. There is a 40% chance that Mangini survives. The talk now is to hire a football guy that might be able to work with Mangini as HC without any input to the draft.

Eagles coach Reid to get a new contract.

Eagle management has recognized that Reid would be a top candidate for other NFL jobs opening after the season. They will give Reid a new deal.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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The injury bug bites the Eagles tail feathers.

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Head coach Andy Reid is not known for running a particularly physical training camp. Even so, this year injuries have take down some starters critical to the success of the team in 09. MLB Stewart Bradley is one of the best young IB in the league but blew out a knee and was put on IR ending his season. Starting G Todd Herremans (foot) will miss the entire preseason because of a stress reaction in a bone in his foot. Others missing time include starters on the O line T Shawn Andrews (back) and G Stacy Andrews (knee). Starting WR Hank Baskett (knee) has been diagnosed with a hyperextension of the right knee. He is listed as day-to-day. And the star RB Brian Westbrook is recovering from foot surgery and will sit out the preseason. The injury list represents the best and most experienced starters on the team. That is not a good sign for 09.

The offense revolves around two guys—QB Donovan McNabb and RB Westbrook. McNabb has been criticized, benched, and yet has always come back to lead a team with very limited receiving options in the past. This year his corps of receivers looks a lot better. McNabb has the ability to carry the team on his back when he needs to. He is among the most productive QBs in the league. But he will be 33 before the season ends. That makes finding the next Eagle starter a timely issue. The team picked Kevin Kolb with their first pick in 07 (second round). He may be the guy but we haven’t seen enough of him to tell. We won’t see him this year either unless McNabb goes down.

Westbrook has been as much as 70% of the offense in previous seasons. Last year he was limited by nagging injuries and hits the magic 30 age for running back before the season starts. At just 203 pounds he can’t be expected to take the punishment of 250-270 carries a year for much longer. LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Booker are his backups. Rookie McCoy looks like a capable replacement but so did Booker who proved to be less than advertised. FB Leonard Weaver is a solid blocker but not much of an offensive threat.

The starting WR are DeSean Jackson, who has sparkled in camp this year, and Kevin Curtis. Curtis had a great year going until he went down with an injury. Reid has rookie 1st round pick Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Hank Baskett in reserve. Both Avant and Baskett have experience and Maclin has the tools but will have to develop into a more consistent route runner. TE Brent Celek filled in nicely for the injured L.J. Smith last year and starts in 09.

The O line will be much improved IF the walking wounded return to play. LT Jason Peters was all pro last year despite not earning it. He wanted to be rewarded for a below average season with an above average increase and the Bills traded him. LG Herremans, RG Stacy Andrews (knee in 08), RT Shawn Andrews (back) are all fighting injuries. If healthy, this group is solid. C Jamaal Jackson needs to improve run blocking. The prime members of the bench are Max Jean-Gilles and Winston Justice. They are just adequate.

The D will have to get over a lot more than injuries. Sean McDermott will replace the long time and much loved Jim Johnson as D coordinator. Expect McDermott to keep the same system with no changes this season.

The team ranked 4th in run D last year. The D line did fine again the run but need to generate a lot more pass rush in 09. The base rotation includes starters Es Victor Abiamiri and Trent Cole and Ts Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley. Trevor Laws, Darren Howard, Chris Clemons, Juqua Parker who started last year at E are the reserves in the rotation. Out of necessity, the Eagles have always blitzed a lot. They would like to reduce the blitzes if the D line generates more pressure.

SLB Chris Gocong and WLB Akeem Jordan are set but the question is who will replace Bradley? Omar Gaither who lost the WLB spot to Jordan last season is the best bet. He has played there before.

The corners are solid with Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown. Samuel is an all pro and plays like it. Brown is fine but the team traded for Ellis Hobbs to provide a little extra incentive. The loss of team leader Brian Dawkins to free agency is going to hurt. He was the emotional leader as well as a coach on the field. Quintin Demps will get the first shot but the team also signed UFA Sean Jones from the Browns. Joselio Hanson and Jack Ikegwuonu play the nickel and dime spots and have experience.

OVERALL: The Eagles will be one of the most improved teams in the league if they can overcome the losses on D. With the new line and receivers, they should score a lot of points. If the D can do as well as it did last year, the team will make the playoffs and should make it to the NFC Championship game as well.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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Should the Eagles move beyond the McNabb/Reid era?

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Should the Eagles move beyond the McNabb/Reid era?

By Bill Smith

Before the Eagles went on a winning streak and got into the playoffs, there was a lot of talk about not bringing either head coach Andy Reid and QB Donovan McNabb back next year. When the Eagles won the playoff spot and then got to the NFC championship game, that talk went the way of the dinosaurs. After the Eagles were upset by the Cardinals the talk is back. Ownership has said that the pair will be back in an attempt to quash the speculation. However, talk radio indicates that the fans are not sold.

Eagle fans are famous for being among the toughest in the league. After all, they even threw snowballs at Santa. McNabb is no happier with the Eagles front office than the fans are with him. He learned that the Eagles used their first selection in the 07 draft (round 2) on QB Kevin Kolb on ESPN. He was not pleased. He has 2 years remaining on his contract but wants a new long term deal. Reid is said to want to know his future as soon as possible. If he is going to be with the team, he too would like an extension. But the question that a lot of people are asking is this: would the team do better without McNabb at QB and/or Reid as head coach?

First, look what Reid has accomplished. He has taken the Eagles to the NFC championship game 6 times in the last 10 years. Granted, he has won only one of those games and has yet to win a Super Bowl. But no available or current head coach has come close to equaling that record. While he has some input to the draft choices, he has not been given the power to select his own players. He has worked without an influx of great draft choices because the Eagles were always drafting very low.

Who would the team get to HC? The Eagle fans wouldn’t accept less than a name brand replacement. How would you feel if your team fired an Andy Reid for Joe X who had been a coordinator for a year or two? The team would also likely rebel. The Eagles are a veteran team. They would not accept just anybody to lead them.

There are 3 Super Bowl winning coaches that might be actively looking for a new job—Brian Billick, Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden. Would any of them take the Eagles job? I doubt it. Billick might but he doesn’t have a reputation of being tough and if anything, the NFC East is tough. Billick has been working on the NFL channel but has not shown up on any public hot list of coaching prospects.

Chuckie Gruden is tough enough but reports indicate he may want to sit out for awhile. Eagle management wouldn’t adjust to the Gruden way easily and neither would the Eagle fans. If the Eagle fans would have concerns about Gruden, think how the veterans on the team would react.

Shanahan does not look like a fit for Philly to me. He would fit in well on the west coast or the south, but not in Philly. He wouldn’t do well with the Eagle fans or the veteran team. They wouldn’t like him and he would not be comfortable there as well.

Then there is the question about McNabb. The question seems to come up every year that the Eagles fail to get to the Super Bowl. It seems that Eagle fans believe it is their inherent right to have their team in the big game every year. Sorry but it doesn’t work that way. Added to the question of the fan unrest is the salary cap hit would take by trading or releasing him vs. his salary which is to be 9 million in 09 and 10 million in 2010. He ranked 14th in the NFL this season with a passer rating of 86.4. He had over 3900 yards and 23 TDs with 11 interceptions. He was 4th in the league in the number of attempts per game. Without much of a running game this year, he was forced to pass much too often.

McNabb also had very few reliable receivers. That has been a problem for Philly ever since Terrell Owens exercised his way out of town. Now despite the number of McNabb attempts, the Eagles had only one receiver in the top 50 in catches—5′ 10” rookie Desean Jackson with 62 catches and 912 yards. The second highest on the list was running back Brian Westbrook with 54 receptions. The lack of sure handed receivers and a injury prone Westbrook to provide some offensive balance put the entire weight of the Eagles offense on McNabb. With Westbrook hitting the RB wall at the age of 30 next season, will the Eagle running game be even as good as it was this year? It is doubtful.

So if the team decided to jettison McNabb, who would replace him. Kevin Kolb? In the two seasons since the Eagles drafted him with their first choice in 2007 (2nd round), he has thrown 34 total passes with 17 completions and 4 interceptions but no touchdowns. That gives him a passer rating 21.8. Is that the kind of QB that can do better than McNabb? Not likely.

Then there are the free agent veteran QBs that are available. Anyone in Philly interested in giving Tim “I’m on the” Couch a contract? Didn’t think so. I am sure that the Browns would trade you Derek “one year wonder” Anderson for a 1st or 2nd round draft choice. How does that sound. Or maybe if you are really desperate, you can get Jake “thanks but no thanks” Plumber to come out of retirement and play. J.P. Losman is available but he went 0-4 in relief work this season and his 75.6 career passer rating won’t get.

Obviously there is little chance that any of those guys will do half as well as McNabb. There is also nothing on the horizon as far as rookie QBs in the draft. The top 2 will be gone by the time the Eagles pick and none of them are nearly as close to being ready to start as either Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco were last season.

The Eagles will keep McNabb if for no other reason than they have no choice. The same will apply to Andy Reid. How’s that for change? All dressed up and no one to take to the dance.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for NFLDraftDog.com and edits fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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