Column: NFL head coaches on the hot seat
Many familiar faces returned to the helm of their respective teams this season but after a shaky start and inconsistent play, these coaches may be on the way out shortly.
Andy Reid- Philadelphia Eagles
Am I missing something here?
Can someone explain to me how Andy Reid, a pass-first coach who has failed to produce a single championship run for the Eagles since being hired in 1999, still has a job amidst a six-game losing streak?
Sure, his current offensive line is battered beyond belief and he’s stuck with a mediocre quarterback who signed a long term deal, but this doesn’t excuse his past failures and his ardent unwillingness to run the ball despite having top-tier running backs — or losing six straight games.
Reid, who is known for having a run-to-pass ratio hovering between the high 50s and low 60s, consistently makes the mistake of giving an unacceptably low amount of carries to star running back LeSean McCoy — the same treatment he gave to Brian Westbrook, whose early career was blanketed by Reid’s offensive philosophy.
What’s clear is that this ideology doesn’t work — at least not without a superstar quarterback.
From 2007-2010, Reid called a whopping 1,959 throws for former QB Donovan McNabb, including a year where he attempted 571 passes and failed to even break the 4,000 yard mark for the season.
Under Reid, Michael Vick is getting a similar green light as he gets nearly 20 attempts per game while McCoy only rushes 16.4 times per game, a number way too low for a guy who’s averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Vick hasn’t been impressive either, putting up a combined passer rating of less than 90 throughout his last three seasons.
Last year, the Eagles missed the playoffs and finished with a 8-8 record despite making numerous key offseason signings which brought in marquee defensive players like Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Their 3-7 start this year signals it’s time for a change — one that has Reid replaced with someone who’s willing to put the rock in McCoy’s hands.
Currently, the Eagles may not find a better overall coach, but ridding Reid is a step in the right direction as the franchise is in desperate need of a massive overhaul due to its $90 million roster playing on par with the Cleveland Browns.
Norv Turner- San Diego Chargers
Many people are quick to blame the Chargers’ problems on Philip Rivers, whose performances in the last two seasons have demoted him from a top-tier passer to a middle-of-the-pack quarterback.
Though Rivers has thrown a combined 34 interceptions in the last 27 games to go along with nine lost fumbles — 18 of those turnovers coming this season — San Diego’s 4-7 record isn’t entirely his fault. He’s driven the Chargers’ offense the last two years to a 24 points per game average while throwing 45 touchdowns and 270 yards.
So who’s to blame for San Diego missing the playoffs for the third straight season? Look no further than head coach Norv Turner.