Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Dec 2012

Reports: Andy Reid To Be Fired

Multiple reports out of Philadelphia indicate Andy Reid will be fired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, with it likely becoming official Monday. Reid was the NFL's longest-tenured head coach, having joined the Eagles before the 1999 season. He's reportedly indicated he'd like to coach in 2013, and even without a Super Bowl ring he'll probably be a hot name around the league as other vacancies come open.

We've got this XP linking to Mike Tanier's opinion piece about the Reid era. As additional head coach firings are reported, we'll be adding separate XP threads for each one.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 30 Dec 2012

14 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2013, 9:51am by Dean


by justanothersteve :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:29am

Quelle surprise! Non.

by theslothook :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 2:42am

its just a shame he didn't win a superbowl. The 2000 Eagles by most measures were 10x the success that the Bucs were, but the Bucs won a superbowl and that seems to be the only thing people focus on. There should be some mention of all the teams that got close and were inventive and innovative and successful, but just couldn't quite cap off the season with a sb.

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:37pm

Great, you just found a niche to fill with your writing! Get at it and post a link when you've got something completed!

by DavidL :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:14am

The only surprise here (and it's not even a big one) is that after repeated free-agent debaclings and a string of underperforming draft classes, the GM isn't gone too. That might be a testament to how much power Reid had in those decisions, but I guess we'll see.

by Dean :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 1:48pm

Howie Roseman got a new contract a few months ago, whereas Reid only had 1 year left on his deal.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:37am

It will never happen, but I would love to see him Detroit, to see what he could do working with Stafford/Johnson, and a good receiving RB like Joquie Bell.

by Dean :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 11:32am

This is long, but I figured after 14 years he deserved some sort of eulogy...


A long time ago, at a stadium that no longer exists…

Anxious to turn around a moribund franchise, ownership in The Kingdom of Brotherly Love hires a bright young man who would become known far and wide (very wide) as Merlin The Magician. With his first draft choice, Merlin drafts Arthur, a strong-armed, fleet-footed QB from the ancient city of Syracuse. The two form one of the great bonds in football history, and immediately change the culture of The Kingdom. Wins followed shortly thereafter.

Merlin and Arthur didn’t create these wins alone, though. Knights and young Squires like Sir’s Duce, Hugh, Dawk, Troy, Trot, and Tré all donned the Midnight Green colors before Merlin and Arthur arrived. Merlin would continue to add more knights to the Winged Standard, most notably acquiring Sir’s Lito, Sheldon, and Westbrook all in one famed 2003 day.

There were a great many wins back then, and each one more exciting than the last. Sir Staley and the magic pickle juice; then-Squire Westbrook’s punt return smiting the evil Giants; Man-At-Arms Brian Mitchell’s exploits, the list goes on – and all whipped into a frenzy by Sir Dawk The Wolverine and Sir Jeremiah the Ax Man. The peasants came from near and far to watch their brave knights winning these jousts. By then, the very building itself needed replacing, and the team built a brand new palace, Lincoln Financial Field, to host their tournaments.

It wasn’t mere wins that made the team special, though. They represented a new way of doing business. Money was spent in-house. Knights received long term contracts. A sense of loyalty developed between the management and young players who had never been corrupted by outsiders. Here in Camelot, the knights subjugated their egos. The sort of player who would hide a cell phone in a goal post would never be allowed onto this team in the first place. The Knights enforced their code of chivalry themselves, without having to trouble Merlin with the petty details. These Knights sat at a round table where all were equal, and none put the glory of self before the glory of team.

That same fateful year, Owner Sir Lurie dubbed the group, “The Knights of the Gold Standard.” That claim rings hollow today, but at the time, it seemed like an accurate portrayal. They had yet to fulfill their Quest for the Ring, but ultimate victory seemed inevitable. Thrice, they came achingly close. Any glance into the future at that point yielded visions of sunny skies and kerchief-waiving maidens as the Saxon hoards were driven back and a new era of peace, prosperity, and Wing Bowls ensued for the entire realm. Rings for all! It seemed only a matter of time.

Then, alas, trouble comes to Camelot. Desperate for that one last Knight who could at last aid them in fulfilling their quest, Merlin engineers a magical three-way trade to bring the famed French, er, San Franciscan mercenary Lancelot to Camelot. With Arthur wielding Excalibur, and Lancelot at his side, surely the quest could not fall short this time! The peasants had mixed opinions. Many embraced Sir Lancelot, claiming he’d been misunderstood and merely needed a home. The round table would be just the thing to tame him, they surmised. Even the most negative peasants (and the Kingdom of Brotherly Love had many of those, including this writer) believed Sir Lancelot may be a pompous jackass, but he’s now OUR jackass. We would embrace him, albeit cautiously, despite his non-chivalrous ways.

In truth, though, we know now the fate that awaits The Knights of the Gold Standard. It is the beginning of the end. Rather than embracing the ideals of the round table, Lancelot poisons the knights, forcing them to take sides. Some side with Merlin and Arthur. Weaker, more impressionable knights see the freedom associated with Lancelot’s ways and embrace ego over winning. The round table is shattered. The Knights of the Gold Standard are fractured. Even the peasants are forced to take sides. Civil War has come to Camelot.

Merlin, of course, wins the war, banishes Lancelot and slowly weeds out his followers. But he can never remove all the poison. Merlin wins the war, but loses the peace. The Knights of the Gold Standard fade. Some leave with Lancelot. Some grow old and embittered by the years of failed quests. Others merely grow old. Save for Merlin himself, father time catches them all. The Quest for the Ring seems an impossible Crusade with the motley collection of jesters, fools, and has-been’s which remain. As a credit to Merlin’s wizardry, many jousts would still be fought and won, but the glorious early years slowly, almost without notice, give way to a long, protracted Dark Age.

Eight years later…

Merlin still wanders the desert alone, endlessly seeking out new Knights to continue the quest. Save for Sir Trent though, and possibly Sir Shady, most are pale imitations of the early glory. Having not learned his lesson from Lancelot, he recruits mercenaries to fill the void. Some, like Sir Scrabble and Sir Cullen, may have made great Knights had they arrived on the scene earlier, but their best days had passed before arriving in the rubble of Camelot. Others, like Squires DeSean and Domonique, not only exhibited the same destructive selfishness as Lancelot, but they flaunted it, knowing that Merlin’s control had weakened and he now lacked the power to harness them. Worse yet, Merlin even recruited The Dogkiller, the most ruthless and notorious villain in all the realm, in hopes that he would somehow prove a worthy heir to Arthur. Of course, not even Merlin possessed magic this strong. Predictably, this move generated much more in the way of publicity than it did in actual wins.

And now we finally catch up with the ancient wizard. Merlin is poised to finally be evicted from Camelot. The Saxon hordes long ago overran the Britons. It’s been so long that the Saxons are now the peasantry and the Round Table seems to be but an ancient legend. Egos rule the day now, and Camelot no longer seems special. Any mystique long ago faded. It has become no different than any other place. Excalibur has long been returned to the Lady of the Lake, for want of one to wield him. Perhaps Squire Nick may someday prove worthy. Most likely, though, the peasants in the Kingdom of Brotherly Love will continue their eternal wait in hopes that the next Arthur will someday arrive and lead them to glory.

by Hurt Bones :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:42pm

There was Sir Jim of Johnson (Gawain), Sir Chilly (Lancelot) and Sir Harbs (Galahad).

by Bnonymous (not verified) :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 1:11pm

Childress and Owens can't both be Lancelot.

by Hurt Bones :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 1:18pm

In Arthurian legends anything is possible.

by Dean :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 1:48pm

I'm just grateful two people actually read something that long!

by Ryan D. :: Wed, 01/02/2013 - 1:01pm
by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Wed, 01/02/2013 - 3:04pm

I know Eagles fans are rejoicing, but I sort of expect them to fall into what happened to the Vikings after Bud Grant, the Chiefs after Marty, and the Bills after Marv Levy -- ruing the departure of the old coach who couldn't win the Super Bowl.


by Dean :: Thu, 01/03/2013 - 9:51am

I was thinking last night and it dawned on me that EVERY single Eagles coach in the last 40 years (interm excepted) has gone on to get another head coaching job in the NFL.