Only a month ago, ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd – he hosts the very originally titled show and podcast, The Herd – remarked that if Andy Reid was fired, he’d be out of a job for about an hour.
It’s been less than a day since the Eagles defensive co-ordinator was fired by Reid and Philadelphia, and all you’ve heard is how great Castillo is, how respected he is, and how he walks on water and turns water into breaded chicken.
(*Ironically, only the first of those four points is exaggerated.)
Now, the spotlight’s glare shifts correctly back to Reid and the rest of the coaching staff. It’s where it should have always been. It puts Andy Reid back in the hot seat. It tosses his glowing reputation in front of the bus. It reinserts Reid into the coaches that players love category.
It does, however, post-date his cheques.
It puts the pressure on Reid to deliver, and deliver now. With Castillo gone, there’s nobody else for him to blame. With Reid the only guy in charge – like, really in charge – he will either be a Super Bowl champion coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, or he’ll be unemployed in 2013.
It’s probably right. That’s probably how it should be.
After all, Reid has never answered for his or his team’s continued, annual potential.
No other team went to four straight NFC (or AFC) Championships from 2001 to 2005 and never came away with a ring or a Lombardi Trophy. It was the Eagles who squandered a window to win with Donovan McNabb and now Michael Vick, even though you wouldn’t be incorrect to suggest that neither of those guys was ever the best pivot in the league during their peak.
But, really… if Tampa Bay could win one, Philadelphia could have.
Eventually, you can’t rely on the strength of the New England Patriots or the Green Bay Packers to absolve you of blame.
When push comes to shove, coaches have to win… even if they’re great guys.
Andy Reid should know that. He just fired one.