Thursday, November 20, 2008

Be Careful What We Wish For

The cries are everywhere. Reid must go. Reid is an idiot. The fat guy can't do anything right. Such opinions are usually followed by the wish to replace Reid with the likes of Steve Spagnuolo or Bill Cowher. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just be careful what you wish for.

Right now Spagnuolo is a hot commodity. He resume is smoking. He lead a defense to the Super Bowl and then minus some major stars he is again leading a top ranked defense this season. Everyone wants him. The calls will be many this off-season for Spags. I can't argue against him being a good selection for the next Eagles coach. I would actually welcome it.

Bill Cowher is another story. Yes he did win a Super Bowl, but if you look closer at his career you will see results that are similar to Big Red. In Cowher's first six seasons the Steelers made the playoffs six times. After those 6 years, Cowher went on to miss the playoffs 4 of the next 6 seasons. It wasn't until year 14 that he was able to capture the Lombardi.

Such fluctuation in the win column reminds me of one Andy Reid. You can't win every year. There are highs and lows in a coaching career. Right now Reid is on a extreme low, on his way to missing the playoffs for the third time in 4 years. Is there a Super Bowl in Reid's future? Who honestly knows. Maybe Reid too needs an extra 4 years.

I am not here to argue that Reid needs to stay. My opinion is that Reid has taken the Eagles as far as he can and now he is only digressing. But to be fair, in comparison Reid is no better or worse than the heavily praised Cowher.

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