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.