Earlier Monday, we told you about the report saying Eagles coach Andy Reid would NOT be fired before the Week 12 game vs. the Panthers. For those hoping Reid, with his team a disappointing 3-7, would just step aside for the good of the organization ... yeah, that's not going to happen either.
"I'm standing in front of the team and telling them 'These are the things we need to do,' one of which is continue to battle," Reid said Monday, via The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think that'd be a copout ... that's not how I'm wired. We're going to keep battling, do it as a team. I can't tell the guys one thing and then do the other."
That's true, and it's admirable (of course, who would have really expected Reid to resign before the year is over?). But here's the thing: With the way life is going in Philadelphia, this almost certainly will be Reid's final season in charge of the Eagles.
He's had a great run in the past 14 seasons -- I don't think Philadelphia fans give him enough credit -- but it's clear the team is lost with Reid in charge. And we're at the point now where Reid has turned to desperation in an effort to get his team to play better and maybe, possibly save his job (funny how firing former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo a few weeks back might have actually made things worse).
But Reid also realizes his team is "letting the fans down, letting the city down,” and there's little doubt he is doing all he can to change his team's fortunes.
But if he does get the team turned around, what difference will it make ultimately? At this point, the playoffs seem out of the question, and barring a postseason run, it seems likely Reid will be looking for a new job in the offseason.
"You control what you can control," Reid said. "That's getting better as a football team. That's what my emphasis is. Become a better coach, make sure I'm putting my guys in the right position to make plays, make sure my staff is doing the right things there. That's where all my emphasis is and I don't put my emphasis past that."
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