The lives of NFL coaches are an anomaly. They’re extremely well compensated for their craft while working absurd hours. One year of success is cast aside when a losing season is suffered.
Andy Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia is coming to an end. Juan Castillo’s firing was the decision of a desperate man. We’ve ruminated on former stars and their inability to cope with normal life. Reid’s decision to continue coaching after the death of his son during training camp was stunning to outside observers – he’s really going to take no time off? But for Reid, a person who can’t see himself as anything else but the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, it was standard. The Eagles have been near the top of the NFL during Reid’s tenure. Consider how many coaches have been fired since 1999 – his first year in Philly. The Bills alone have had six different head coaches during that span.
Sunday’s loss against Detroit marked the end for Castillo. Nnamdi Asomugha calling out his defensive coordinator for changing coverage packages on Calvin Johnson that had been working was the first time Eagles players openly questioned the braintrust’s decision making.
Which brings us back to Reid. Michael Vick has played poorly, the Offensive line is terrible (why was Castillo was moved to defense again?). Reid’s in game decision making continues to baffle Eagles fans and neutrals alike. Though yards against isn’t the best metric to analyze a defense, the Eagles rank 12th in that category and that’s without Trent Cole and Jason Babin doing much of anything. It isn’t the defense that is holding Philadelphia back.
Reid is left with one choice. Turn to rookie QB Nick Foles and hope.
Reid was asked if was willing to roll the dice on the rookie in light of the success a number of young quarterbacks have had in the NFL over the last few seasons. “I’m looking at everything,” Reid said. “I’m going to try and do what’s best for our offense in this case and then whatever that decision is, I’m going to do. Right now, Michael’s the guy.”
- Mike Mularkey wants Blaine Gabbert to scramble more. Considering how awful Gabbert is when inside the pocket this makes sense. [Florida Times-Union]
- DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys disagree on his timetable for return. [NFL.com]
- Staying with the ‘Boys, Jerry Jones think they can win the Super Bowl this year. In other news, Jones remains insane. [PFT]
- C.J Spiller and Fred Jackson will continue to rotate every two series. [BuffaloBills.com]
- Brady Quinn will be given a chance to by the guy when Matt Cassel returns from injury. [ESPN]
- James Harrison has battled through ‘double digit” head injuries. Harrison also has a large gun collection. America. [AP]
- Reggie Bush really wants to lead the league in rushing. [Miami Herald]