Eagles: Why Andy Reid deserves to stay

He might not be the best play-caller, the best with time management, or certainly the best looking. But Andy Reid sure knows how to win football games. I am one of the many that have yelled at the television screen in awe of his mistakes. I have called him names not appropriate for this website. But I do recognize that at the end of the day, Andy Reid can win football games and he is the best coach for the job right now.

Reid's 11 seasons with the Eagles is the second longest coaching run of active coaches behind Jeff Fisher of the Titans (15)

In case you didn’t hear, Reid was offered a contract extension that will keep him in The City of Brotherly Love until 2013. He has a contract that places him in the top 3 paid coaches in the league, making $5-6 million per year.

I understand that he does not have a Super Bowl ring. To many, a championship defines the success of players and coaches. I don’t buy that argument completely. Case point: Dan Marino. The fact is that the Eagles have gone to five NFC Championships in eight years, reaching the Super Bowl in 2004. They have only missed out on the playoffs twice in that span and only three times during Reid’s tenure.

In his 11th season with the Eagles, he already has more regular season victories (105) and playoff wins (10) than any other coach in franchise history. With a win on Sunday against the Giants and barring any setbacks for the rest of the season, Reid could make his eighth postseason trip in his 11 years coaching. Not to mention the Eagles are one of only three teams to reach 100 wins during this decade. If that doesn’t deserve an extension, then what does? The man knows how to win.

As long as he continues to put his team in the playoffs, good things are bound to happen. The Eagles are coming together at the right time at this point in the season. They are winning without their most explosive offensive player in Brian Westbrook and the defense ranks in the top of the league. Donovan McNabb is Donovan McNabb and he is going to make the plays that he has made his entire career. But this Eagles team is young. He finally has receivers that have stepped up when they have been called upon. He doesn’t have to rely on Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, or L.J. “Fumbleitis” Smith. DeSean Jackson is a Pro-Bowl caliber receiver, Jeremy Maclin proved last week he can be a top receiver on the offense, Jason Avant is finally getting the looks he deserves, and Brent Celek is quickly establishing himself as one of the best tight ends in football.

So long as the offensive line can completely solidify itself as a working unit and the running game can be more consistent, I don’t see why the Eagles should be counted out of any game this season. They know how to fight and they can surprise teams. That is why people love the Eagles, because a 9-6-1 team can reach the NFC Championship game.

In football it is all about getting hot at the right time. The Eagles seem to finally be clicking at the right time and they rewarded head coach Andy Reid for his efforts with the young team. Andy Reid is here to stay and get ready for the Eagles franchise to remain one of the most consistent programs in the league.


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