Is The Andy Reid, Eagles Marriage Over? [POLL]
After a devastating loss this past weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, the E-A-G-L-E-S may have seen the last of Michael Vick as the team’s quarterback, and head coach Andy Reid may be coming to an end of a run in Philly that dates back to last century!
Reports have come out that Vick suffered what is being called a “pretty significant concussion” (Reid said at his Monday press conference that “he was a little foggy last night”), and is not likely to be cleared to play in the Eagles next game against Washington on Sunday.
Rumors have surfaced on Yahoo that Vick’s season may be shut down to see what backup QB Nick Foles can do with the remaining 7 games on the schedule. Foles, a rookie out of Arizona, did receive a positive ovation from the home crown on Sunday, and performed decent in his NFL debut (22-32 passing for 219 yards with a TD and an Interception).
Meanwhile coach Reid may be at the end of his run in Philly as rumors are circulating that Reid may need a miracle to be back in 2013. The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-6, would need to run the table to have any real shot at the playoffs, win 6 of 7 to salvage a winning season, or a 5-2 finish equals his 8-8 record from year.
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie wanted improvement in 2012, but the offensive line have had issues in pass protection, and injuries are mounting up. The remaining 7 games are with teams that are a combined 27-37 this season, so there is a glimmer of hope – not realistic (especially with the team on a 5-game losing streak, which is a first in Reid’s career) but hopeful. Remember last season that Reid led Philly on a 4-game winning streak to salvage the 2011 campaign.
Reid will put Vick back in if he is healthy enough, but that could change of Foles plays well, or if the Eagles are out of the playoff race.
The Reality Check is that coach Reid will not quit – he will feel the team still has a chance. The NFC East is still a race even with the Giants leading at 6-4, because the division leaders are struggling – then again this entire division has been struggling.
Fact is the Giants have a brutal stretch coming (the Packers who are 6-3, the Baltimore Ravens who are 7-2, the NFC’s best Atlanta Falcons at 8-1, and the suddenly surging Saints), Dallas has not been great (even though they beat the eagles over the weekend), and the Redskins have the same record as Philly.
The eagles could steal a 5-2 run to finish 8-8, but that will for sure end Reid’s 14-season run as head coach, but what if Reid gets his team to finish 9-7 with Foles at the QB spot – does he deserve one more year to see what he could do with this kid for a full season and a healthier team with a hopefully improved offensive line?
What do you think?