Sunday, July 5, 2015

The national buzz on Reid

Andy Reid's future in Philadelphia is not only a hot topic locally, but nationally as well.

The national buzz on Reid

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Will Andy Reid be back coaching the Eagles in 2012? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Will Andy Reid be back coaching the Eagles in 2012? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Andy Reid's future in Philadelphia is not only a hot topic locally, but nationally as well.

With several other coaches likely to be fired once the season is over, Reid will have his share of suitors if he's no longer with the Birds.

Keeping that in mind, here are a few links to pass along with national writers chiming in on Reid.

SI.com's Don Banks lists six coaches who are on the hot seat, including Reid:

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Reid doesn't deserve all the blame for the Eagles' fate this season, but he certainly should get the lion's share. He helped craft this roster filled with glitz and hype, going against his tradition of building his teams from the offensive and defensive lines out, and eschewing style over substance. At some point, even for the most established and successive coaches, there just comes a time when the message grows stale and the track record doesn't carry the day. If it can happen to Tom Landry in Dallas, it can happen to anyone.

That "Fire Andy'' chant that broke out last Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field during the blowout loss to New England may or may not be heeded by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. But if it is, Reid won't be able to claim he got a raw deal. He's had 13 years and plenty of talent in Philadelphia, and he's still searching for the franchise's first Super Bowl title in a division in which the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys own multiple rings.

Jeff Diamond of SI.com thinks Reid will be back in 2012:

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is the man who will ultimately make this call. He hired a fairly anonymous Packers quarterbacks coach in 1999 and saw him turn his struggling team into a perennial contender. Lurie saw enough early success to give Reid control of the entire football operation, including personnel, after Reid's second season with the Eagles. 

Lurie is the type of owner who will carefully consider all factors in weighing the coach's future. He will consult with team president Joe Banner. He will not make a knee-jerk reaction.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post is hearing that Reid is safe:

No matter what they chant at the Linc or how badly the Eagles play, it appears that Andy Reid is safe, according to those who are close to the situation. There appears to be only one scenario in which Reid could be let go: if Eagles ownership tries to force Reid to make a staff change he does not want to make (hello, Juan Castillo), Reid could refuse and put the target on his own back.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com diagnoses the struggles of Reid's Eagles this season:

While the Eagles devoted serious resources to improving their defensive line and cornerbacks, they stayed curiously quiet at linebacker and safety. That's a hallmark of the Reid era in Philadelphia, as the team has repeatedly let veteran linebackers and safeties go and replaced them with younger, cheaper talent. The team watched starting linebacker Stewart Bradley and safety Quintin Mikell leave in free agency and figured they would just do their thing again; after all, they had survived losing Jeremiah Trotter and Brian Dawkins, so what was the big deal?

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com thinks Reid could make sense in San Diego as the next Chargers head coach:

I think he would be a fit in San Diego if general manager A.J. Smith stays or if he is let go. Reid has worked with general managers in Philadelphia and he doesn’t seem like he’d have a problem having a football boss.

He’d be a good fit with quarterback Philip Rivers, and I think he could do nice things with the Chargers’ offense. Reid, 53, is one of the more respected coaches in the NFL, thus, he’d likely be able to attract a strong coaching staff.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says Reid's future will depend on his willingness to part ways with Juan Castillo:

Per a league source, Reid’s future will hinge on his willingness to admit that it was a mistake to shift Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator. If Reid concedes that he erred, and rectifies the blunder by firing Castillo, Reid will stay. If he refuses, Reid will be gone.


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