Living here in Philadelphia, I can tell you this much: Yes, Eagles fans are just as passionate (and, by extension, just as critical and just as impatient) as you've heard they are.
And so, it's no surprise, given the current state of this team, that longtime coach Andy Reid finds himself on the hotseat like never before.
Yes, in recent years there have been some calls for Reid to be fired--there simply isn't any question that, over the past half-decade or so, this franchise has very much hit a plateau--but those calls seem louder today than ever before. Reid's Eagles are now 3-5 after a less-than-inspiring 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday night, and while there is certainly time for the Eagles to recover, the question that many fans have at this point is whether Reid is actually capable of engineering that turnaround.
Whatever spark there used to be around this franchise--whatever sense of belief that once permeated the camp, year after year--has faded away, and there is a sense around town that the time finally has come for Reid, who has some very good years in Philly, to step aside.
Reid, as you might imagine, views things differently
After the loss to the Saints, Reid told reports that all of the problems currently ailing the Eagles--including their apparent inability to protect the struggling Michael Vick, who was under pressure all night--are "correctable mistakes." He said for the team to achieve its goals, it just needs to "do a better job."
"And that starts with me," Reid said.
For now it does, at least. - Tim Hyland
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