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Friday, November 14, 2008
Is it time for Reid to go?


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Eagles coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb have spent a decade together in Philadelphia. Over that period of time, the Eagles have been a dominant team in the NFC East and made one Super Bowl appearance.

 
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 Has Andy Reid's offense become too predictable?

But as Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez points out, it seems like things have grown stale. On almost a weekly basis, Reid makes a baffling decision in the red zone, and his explanations never make any sense.

"Like the dinner guest who stays too long, it's time for Reid to go," writes Gonzalez. "Someone over there should thank him for coming and for bringing something to the table. Then they should politely show him the door."

Well, I think we can all agree that owner Jeff Lurie isn't going to show Reid the door. He's earned the right to leave on his own terms -- unless he keeps posting .500 records. On Wednesday, the NFC Beast talked to a Pro Football Hall of Fame writer who thinks there's a good chance Reid will take a sabbatical after this season. Like Bill Cowher, he might take some time to recharge his batteries and then think about making a return.

Reid has had an excellent run in Philly, but it feels like he's lost his edge to some extent. He makes bone-headed challenges and then he blindly defends his quarterback no matter how poorly he plays. I thought it was really telling that a Redskins player told me after a recent game that the Eagles' first 15 scripted plays gave the Washington defense a lot of trouble. After that, he said, the Redskins knew everything that was coming.

We also heard about Tiki Barber sitting in a TV studio predicting play after play for the Eagles. That's not the type of feedback an offensive-minded head coach wants to hear. The Eagles still have time to make a playoff push, but it's probably time they get started